Bordeaux Blanc, 2016. Chateau Haut Mayne

Bordeaux Blanc, 2016. Chateau Haut Mayne

Item #: B1217W1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Graves, Bordeaux, France
Color: Golden Straw
Nose: Gravel, Slate, Stone Fruit
Palate: Rich, Powerful Lilac and Cream
Finish: Large and Lovely
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Seafood, Game, Fowl/Alcohol: 12.5%

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As with so many chateaux in Bordeaux, Haut Mayne's history goes back over 100 years. It was founded by the Boyer family, one of the dynasties in France's most coveted wine region.

What is quite distinctive here is that the winemaker is Madame Catherine d'Halluin, daughter of the Michel Boyer, the fifth generation of Boyer to run the company. While not totally uncommon, you wouldn't need all your fingers and toes to count the number of women winemakers in Bordeaux. Fortunately, that's changing and all for the better.

The Boyer family goes back several centuries in winemaking, with ownership interest in several Classified Growth Chateaux. The most prestigious of these is the Fifth Growth, Chateau Haut Bages Liberal in Pauillac, the most distinguished and renowned village in Bordeaux, which is home to three of the five First Growths.

Graves is unique in Bordeaux in that it is almost better known for its whites than its reds. That may have something to do with the fact that some of the greatest white wines in the world come from Graves. Many ch?teaux make both red and white, and in most cases the whites are more expensive. There's a reason for that: These wines are truly incredible.

Ours is the classic blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon. It is one of the most exotic wines made. From the gravel and earth tones to the stone fruit, apple and pine, it just sings.