At first glance, Chateau Le Bonnat is yet another classy wine from Graves, easily the place where the best white Bordeaux resides. Upon further exploration, we find that the property was owned by Chateau Fieuzal, one of the top producers in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is recognized as the finest red wine producing area in the world. More than 75% of its production is red wine. Graves is different-it is here, and especially in the heralded sub-appellation of Pessac-Leognan, where unquestionably the finest whites are produced in Bordeaux. Many of the heralded districts of Bordeaux do not grow any white wine, which makes this wine even more special.
The property was founded by the Fieuzal family nearly 400 years ago. It passed through several owners until, in 1991, it was purchased by the Lesgourgues family who created Le Bonnat. Fieuzal was then sold to an Irish businessman and his wife, Brenda, and Lochlann Quinn.
Our selection is comprised of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are crushed for 8 to 12 hours to attain a certain amount of contact with the skins. This procedure is what accounts for grip of this wine on the palate.
The Semillon is placed in oak barrels for eight months before marrying with the Sauvignon Blanc. The result is a stunning array of stone fruit, Acacia flower, fresh herbs, guava and citrus. The light oak treatment adds a warm vanilla pudding to the entourage. It would certainly make a statement with a variety of cuisines, from fresh Kumamoto oysters to a tomato based shrimp pasta or a seafood paella with saffron.