Bordeaux Blanc, 2019. Chateau Fonfroide

Bordeaux Blanc, 2019. Chateau Fonfroide

Item #: B0222W1
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Peach, Fig
Palate: Enveloping Tropical Fruit
Finish: Tingling
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Seafood, Shellfish/12% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection was founded in 1676, 100 years before the American Revolution. It has been in the same family ever since. The cellar was built in 1777 and probably entertained Thomas Jefferson, America's first wine connoisseur. In 1976 Bernard Duthelliet Lamothe took over the chateau and immediately began investing in the vineyards and equipment. His son, Hughes, joined him in 1988 and together, slowly and methodically, planted more vines until their 50 acres expanded to 160 acres.

The blend here is quite unique for Bordeaux Blanc. The principle grape in most is Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon playing a supporting role. In this case, Semillon comprises most of the blend. It turned out to be a wise choice as the vineyard is on a hillside close to a spring. The temperatures are cooler there and as a result, the acids higher. Semillon is usually added for its softness and ability to tame the higher acids in Sauvignon Blanc. In this case, Semillon arrives at the perfect acid level and delivers that lovely melon, fig, and peach flavors it is best known for.

We have experienced wonderful wines made from Semillon, but this Fonfroid is the best yet. We had no idea Semillon could be this good. The tropical fruit is enhanced by touches of banana and pineapple, rounded out with lemon zest and quince. The refreshing finish would enhance sea scallops in a citrus beurre blanc, or salmon tartare enhanced by wasabi and a soy ginger dressing.

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