Sunday, June 27, 2010

***+ $$ Chateau Les Vergnes Bordeaux Blanc, Les Leves, Gironde, France, 2009 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:   

By way of background: Chateau Les Vergnes Bordeaux Blanc, 2009, is a dry, white blend of 55% sauvignon blanc, 35% muscadelle and 10% semillon, hailing from the Les Leves area of Gironde, France. The 2009 vintage is finished at 12.5% alcohol.  The vineyard also claims a commitment to sustainable farming, indicated by its "Bee Orchid" label.

In the glass: Les Vergnes Blanc shows as clear in the glass, with a light vanilla cast. 

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, this white Bordeaux shows a bold lemony citrus nose.

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are a bright but full round mouthfeel.  This comes across as aromatic, perky, tropical and still creamy.  Quite a unique and pleasing mouth full.

In summary: Overall, fun experience, rating three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its decidedly friendly character.

This wine is featured as part of the Planet Bordeaux campaign, which is seeking to elevate the awareness of the wines of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur in the United States.  

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  nose is consistent, but a bit rounder.  On the palate, the lemon pairs with a nice round dry pineapple and butterscotch on the mid-palate.  Holds up nicely to the extra time.  

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