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Bordeaux Blanc, 2018. Chateau Suau

Bordeaux Blanc, 2018. Chateau Suau

Item #: B1120W1IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux
Color: Blatant Gold
Nose: Heroic Peach
Palate: Gripping Grapefruit
Finish: Snappy Citrus
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Shellfish, Seafood/13% Alcohol by Volume

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There are a lot of impressive things we can tell you about Chateau Suau, like it has been totally organic since 2008, or that it is in one of the rarified Bordeaux Villages of Cadillac where some of the greatest white wines are made. Or we could just tell you that the winemaker is Michel Rolland.

Michel was born in Bordeaux and grew up in Pomerol where his family owned Le Bon Pasteur. He opened a consulting laboratory and in 1985, began consulting for wineries around the world. Not just any wineries, but some of the greatest on the planet. Since then, Rolland can count more than 150 wineries on four continents with his signature on them.

Today, just his name is enough for people to take notice and our selection is no exception. Suau is a classic blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The Bordelais have been "experimenting" with these two grapes for about 500 years, so we'd have to say they have it pretty well nailed down.

After fermentation, the wine rests on its fine "lees" for three months. The lees are the tiny bits of skin and crushed seeds which impart the barest hint of structure and grip to the wine. Upon completion the wine is removed, rested again for several months and then bottled.

The result is grapefruit, white peach and guava encapsulated in a robe of light, but expressive tannins that seem to last longer than the raw Kumamoto oysters on the shell or Hamachi sashimi on the plate.