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Bordeaux Blanc, 2017. Chateau Des Matards

Bordeaux Blanc, 2017. Chateau Des Matards

Item #: B0320W1IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Pale Yellow
Nose: Stone Fruit, Minerals
Palate: Clinging Peach, Citrus
Finish: Lip Smacking
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Matards is owned by the Terrigol Family, overseen by Christophe Terrigol, who manages over 200 acres in the Blaye appellation of Bordeaux as well as Cognac. Over half of their holdings are in Chateau Matards, the flagship of the family. Unique to most white producers, Matards produces as much white as it does red, which is why they pay more attention to it more than most.

If you think real estate is all about location, try figuring out Bordeaux. In real estate, it's about neighborhoods. In Bordeaux, it can literally come down to a few feet. Blaye lies on the opposite side of the Gironde River from Margaux, a few hundred feet away. The soil is the same, a riverbed seeded with shale and limestone. Yet, 150 years ago, the wines from Margaux were selling for much more, and that distinction still dictates the pecking order in Bordeaux.

Is it fair? Of course not. But who are we to argue? The wines from Blaye represent some of the most significant values in Bordeaux, ergo, most of the world. Although they don't get the exaltation of Margaux, it doesn't prevent Matards from doing everything they can to produce exceptional wine.

Like all the great white wines of Bordeaux, ours is primarily Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Muscadelle for aromatics. This is an opulent, imposing wine with fruit and flavor to handle any dish it lands with from a spicy lamb sausage to grilled salmon with tomato concasse.

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