With the advent of our new Bordeaux club, I have the opportunity to taste many more offerings from the prolific wine region. And typically Bordeaux wines, particularly Bordeaux Blanc, are too pricey for the club. Enter Les Carrelets.
Bordeaux is one of, if not the most recognized wine districts in the world. Home to such great wines as Lafite Rothschild, Petrus, and Chateau Latour. You can divide Bordeaux into many sub-appellations but typically one talks of the Left Bank and Right Bank (left or right of the Gironde River. The overall appellation of Bordeaux covers grapes from both sides. Besides the 10,000 chateaux there, large co-operatives exist to give farmers a place to have their labor of love contribute to the viticulture of the area.
The Bordeaux district produces 90% red wine. In a month's worth of tasting, I might taste 20 Bordeaux Rouge, and for that same 20 Rouge, taste only two Blanc - and it would take another 20 Rouge and another two Blanc before I taste one Bordeaux Rose
There are three primary white grapes of Bordeaux: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Our selection is from a co-op of small farmers; the blend is 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its crisp grapefruit and grass, while the Semillon contributes the tropical nose and weight. I thought this was an exemplary expression of Bordeaux Blanc, without the heavy price tag.