|Drinking outside of school, Bordeaux|
This white Bordeaux presentation also included a few examples of fascinatingly blended wines. As is my nature, these products with 'Bordeaux' on the label were not expensive by contemporary standards. For less than the price of a lunch at a local diner I was able to enjoy centuries of harmonious evolution in a thirst quenching glass! They presented aromas and a texture that altered my memory of Sauvignon Blanc, because it was a wine of beautiful complexity. Sure the characteristic herbaceous was there in the nose, but it was not alone, sharing each wiff with yellow tree fruits, an almost familiar tangerine pith, and a hint of vanilla. Round on the palate, it rolled over my tongue and presented reinforcements of its aromas, but now on the back of racy minerality. Its marriage to Semillon and its textured flavoring with oak created a sensation in the mouth that gave me pause. It was quite unlike what I had tasted in recent memory.
L'Ami du Chambertin, a soft cows milk cheese, and the wine's expression was transformed. There was that herbaceous personality, now sharing palate space with a refreshing, mouth-watering tartness. This wine had changed. With dairy fat its texture was diminished, yet it refreshingly made me thirsty for more. Blending estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, combined with a little oak aging, composed in this wine a richness and balance that I have rarely found in a white wine.
Throughout its long wine production history, Bordeaux has had an evolution of quality. Native varietals, long known as the components of the 'Bordeaux blend', have been tested, acclimated and composed, to present a standard of quality found today in few other places in the wine world. Whether a product of a historical estate(chateau), a negociant, or a local rural cooperative, the blended wines of Bordeaux(rouge or blanc) continue to reflect a long tradition of quality in blending. It is truth in plural, from the most generic Bordeaux AOC, to the higher standards of sub-regional and village appellations.
|Sauvignon Blanc harvest Ch. Couhins-Lurton, Graves|