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Bordeaux Blanc, 2016. Chateau D'Arveyres

Bordeaux Blanc, 2016. Chateau D'Arveyres

Item #: B0620W1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Fig, Coconut
Palate: Imposing body
Finish: Lush, Tropical
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Fish, Fowl/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection comes from Vignobles Chateliler, established in the Graves de Vayres (not to be confused with the left bank region; Graves) appellation of Bordeaux in 1870 by the Chatelier Family. Unfortunately, they founded and planted grapes at a time that an unknown plant louse, called phylloxera, was destroying vines all over Europe. It decimated all the chateau vines, and it took nearly 30 years for the vineyards to return as they were.

Despite that, Chateau D'Arveyres was making spectacular wine at the time; it was only a matter of a couple of years before they were hard hit with phylloxera. Then came WWI and soon after WWII (not to mention the plundering of wine by the German army). It was a very difficult period for all of the Bordeaux region.

It laid abandon until 1984 when Jean-Michel Chatelier and his wife, Laurence, decided to revitalize the ch?teau. It was obviously an arduous task, but also obviously the Chateliers were up to the task. Today it is a stunning ch?teau featuring gardens, sanctuaries, and, of course, world-class wine.

Like the reds of Bordeaux, the whites are strictly controlled. The primary grapes can only be Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with small additions of Muscadelle. Sauvignon Blanc usually plays a more significant role than Semillon, except here. Our selection is 100% Semillon. As a result, the wine is a veritable fruit basket of flavors from fig and coconut to pineapple and peach. It would shine with fresh rainbow trout saut?ed in butter with a touch of capers.

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