Bordeaux Blanc, 2019. Les Cailloux

Bordeaux Blanc, 2019. Les Cailloux

Item #: B1121W1IF
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Stone Fruit, Granite
Palate: Grapefruit, Peach
Finish: Insanely Long
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Shellifish/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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We love a good mystery, especially when it comes to wine. The mystery here is where did the grapes for our Les Cailloux come from? We're told that the grapes came from a famous winery who desires to remain anonymous since Les Cailloux is significantly less expensive.

Part of the problem here are the laws. There is only a certain amount of wine that can be made from each appellation. Small appellations are not allowed to make as much as larger ones. Bordeaux is a large appellation, so you're allowed to make more wine than a smaller appellation within Bordeaux, such as Pessac-Leognan. If the weather gives you more grapes than you can use to legally make into wine, you have to take the wine from the overstock of grapes and call it something else. In many cases, that overstock wine is just as good, but the law is the law. That's what happened here. The label simply says Bordeaux, We're not "suggesting" anything, and just pointing out that the closest winery to Cailloux is a mile and a half away. It's called Haut Brion and their white wine sells for $1,000 a bottle.

Wherever it came from, it is unimportant. The wine is simply other worldly. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the exotic stone fruit and citrus essences are nothing less than spectacular. Its imposing presence in the mouth would be an elixir with poached scallops in a saffron broth.