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Chateau Puygueraud Blanc (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018

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Winemaker Notes

Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris

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JS 91
James Suckling
A fruity and delicious white with cooked-apple and peach character. Full-bodied, round and flavorful.
Barrel Sample: 90-91
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Puygueraud 2018 Blanc sings of fresh grapefruit, lemon juice and lime leaves with hints of honeysuckle and chalk dust. Medium-bodied, it delivers intense citrus flavors and a racy line, finishing on a lingering mineral note.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
D 91

This has white pear and exotic fruits with lift on the finish – it’s good quality and easy to enjoy. Drinking Window 2019 - 2024. Barrel Sample: 91

JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 90% Sauvignon and 10% Sauvignon Gris, the 2018 Château Puygueraud Blanc offers lots of tart pineapple and citrus notes, medium body, good mid-palate density and concentration, and a clean, dry finish. It’s going to be good.
Barrel Sample: 88-90
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Chateau Puygueraud

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Chateau Puygueraud, 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.

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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.

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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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