The Two Grapes that Define White Bordeaux Wine
Blending Sauvignon Blanc with Sémillon is a classic French white wine technique, most popularly associated with Bordeaux. But the combination has taken off across the world and wines utilizing the style can be found throughout Australia, California, New Zealand and Washington State.
The grapes work so well together because Sémillon brings body and rounds out Sauvignon Blanc’s tart acidity and herbal notes.
For those looking to fully explore the style’s versatility, we’ve included selections across a wide range of blend percentages. Worth noting, some selections are white wines that can also age in the bottle. Regardless of whether you cellar or savor now, these white wines are the perfect choice for springtime.
This 70–30 blend of Sauvignon and Semillon is a textural and nuanced drop. High solids and a little Chardonnay-like on the nose, it wafts salted nuts, honey and smoky, flinty nuances. Underneath lie subtle citrus characters. The mouthfeel is both slippery and refreshing, a delicate balanced of texture and acidity. This could age nicely in bottle. Drink now through 2027. Empson USA Ltd. –C.P.
By Wine Enthusiast
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