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Bordeaux Blanc, 2016 La Rose Sarron

Bordeaux Blanc, 2016 La Rose Sarron

Item #: B1218W1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Graves, France
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: White Peach
Palate: Peach, Guava, Melon
Finish: Lemon, Lime, Melon
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Fowl, Seafood, Vegetarian/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Once again, we feature a spectacular white from the Graves region of Bordeaux. The history of Sarron goes back to the 19th Century. Like many chateaux in the First and Second World Wars, it fell into disrepair. When it was purchased by Roland Beloc in 1985, the 100 acres of vineyards were fully replanted - an amazingly expensive feat.

The Graves region is so named because of the gravel that is predominant in the vineyards. While many of the reds are impressive, it's the whites that take center stage here (as well as one of the most sought-after, unequaled dessert wines on Earth, Sauternes).

Bordeaux has been an international success for centuries. Its red wines were the standard by which all others were judged. Whites didn't trickle on to the stage until late the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This is because most of the wines were sold in barrels to English merchants who would then bottle them in England for sale around the world.

The main grapes here, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, were first used exclusively for Sauternes. Whites didn't travel as well, so it wasn't until the 20th Century that chateaux began their own bottling and, as a result, started making more dry white wines.

These wines are nothing short of spectacular. The flavors of peach, nectarine, guava and citrus are overwhelming. The length and finish would sing with scallops.