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Chateau Puygueraud Blanc 2015

Bordeaux White Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Blend: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
A serious and driven white with lemon grass, apples and limes. Full body, bright acidity and a creamy texture. Salty, too. Extremely persistent and focused.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
The 2015 Puygueraud Blanc is crisp, dry and wonderfully refreshing. Citrus peel, white flowers and bright, saline notes give this Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Gris striking energy and vibrancy. Drink it over the next few years.
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Chateau Puygueraud

Chateau Puygueraud

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Chateau Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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Chateau Puygueraud is located in one of the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations, Cotes de Francs. With only 450 hectares, this appelation resembles a small independent state and occupies the highest slopes of the Gironde, halfway between the valleys of the Isle and the Dordogne, to the east of Saint Emilion. Created in 1967, the appellation is very much part of the Bordelais family, its wines having the precision of the best Bordeaux. Humble pearl of the Bordelais vineyards, the Cotes de Francs is nevertheless one of its most precious stones.

Cotes de Francs

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On the right bank of Bordeaux between St. Emilion and Bergerac, Cotes de Francs boasts southwestern exposed slopes that produce robust Merlot-based wines. A tiny amount of Sémillon is grown and made in both dry and sweet styles.

Bordeaux White Blends

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Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux white blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. This blend was popularized in the Bordeaux region of France (where it also comprises outstanding sweet wines like Sauternes and Barsac), but is often mimicked throughout the New World, particularly in California, Washington and Australia.

In the Glass

Sémillon provides the background to this blend, with a relatively full body and an oily texture. Sauvignon Blanc adds acidity and lots of bright fruit flavor, particularly white grapefruit, lime and freshly cut grass. Used in smaller proportions, Muscadelle can contribute fresh floral notes, while Sauvignon Gris is less aromatic but offers ripe, juicy fruit on the palate. These wines run the gamut from unoaked, refreshing, and easy to drink to serious, complex and barrel-aged. The latter style, usually with a higher percentage of Sémillon, can develop aromas of ginger, chamomile and dried orange peel. The dessert wines produced by these blends, often with the help of "noble rot" called botrytis, can have lush stone fruit and honey characteristics.

Perfect Pairings

Crisp, dry Bordeaux white blends are the perfect accompaniment for raw or lightly cooked seafood, especially shellfish. A more structured, Sémillon-based bottling can stand up to richer fish, chicken, or pork dishes in white sauces. These blends also work well with a variety of vegetables and fresh herbs, like asparagus, peas, basil and tarragon. Sweet dessert wines are traditionally enjoyed with strong blue cheeses, foie gras or fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but astute sommeliers know that they can be served at any time—before, during or after the meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage, poached lobster in beurre blanc sauce or even fried chicken.

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