White wines from Bordeaux are without question the best kept secret in the world of oenology. These wines are so different, so unique and so pleasurable that they almost defy definition.
Like most ch?teaux in Bordeaux, Lesparre makes predominately red wine. And like most that make white, they are proudest of their blanc. Every white from here is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in various percentages. Ours is half and half.
What is fascinating about the Sauvignon Blanc grown here, particularly in the Graves region, is that it's unlike the Sauvignon Blanc grown anywhere else on Earth. Everywhere else, this grape just tastes like a typical Sauvignon Blanc. Here, it is elevated to heights not found in any other soil. That goes for Semillon too.
As with any great wine, it's about the soil, and none compares with Graves. It's in the name. Graves literally translates to gravel. It shouldn't even be called soil because most of it is rocks.
And rocks rock! This is land where literally no other crop could survive, but these two grapes thrive. They produce a product that can leave wine aficionados raptured in rhapsodic ramblings.
One can literally taste the rocks from the soil in the wine. There is also that chalky sensation, which inhabits the same terroir. Then you get slivers of white peach, flecks of pineapple, a dollop of nectarine and freshly squeezed lime. All held in check by the rapid acidity that would hold a crab cake hostage.