Bordeaux Blanc, 2020. Le Petit Bouchon

Bordeaux Blanc, 2020. Le Petit Bouchon

Item #: B0922W1
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Bright, Peach
Palate: Layered Stone Fruit
Finish: Clean Crisp
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2023/Shellfish/12% Alcohol by Volume

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Petit Bouchon is crafted by Florian Bouchon, owner of Chateau Ferreyres, the chateau is on the right bank of Bordeaux near Saint Emilion, one of the most famous appellations in France. Florian decided on the name to reflect his own unique winemaking style.

All of his vineyards are organic and feature biodiversity to protect the grapes, the workers and the environment. It is Bouchon's attention to detail which accounts for his superb wines. The grapes for our selection were picked at night when the weather is cooler. This prevents any spontaneous fermentation should the skin crack on the trip to the winery. Next comes the hand sorting on conveyer belts where grapes that are too ripe or two green are discarded. They are then pressed and fermented at cold temperatures, which preserves the delicate fruit component.

Bordeaux Blanc can be made from several different varieties, but Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the main ones and can be used in any percentage the winemaker deems necessary. In this case it is 50% each of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The blend shows off both grapes with Sauvignon, being the more aggressive, shining. Yet, the Semillon brings a soft and supple nature as well.

The wine offers a very clean and bright expression of Bordeaux Blanc featuring aromas and flavors of white peach, apricot, and fig. No oak is used so only the freshness of the grapes is evident. The acidity would shine with challenging dishes like raw oysters or a spicy seafood pasta.