This was a wine that we drank in a restaurant in Brantome, France and we happened to go past the winery on the way to Bordeaux later that week and just called in by chance. It was one of those holiday finds that are what wine touring is all about.
Just to the east of Bordeaux is the region of Bergerac which is one region where you can find good value wines that punch high above their weight. This is a blend of sauvignon blanc (70%), semillon (20%) and muscadelle (10%) that is a perfect accompaniment for summer. The 2017 vintage has a riper intensity compared to the 2016 vintage due to Chateau le Raz losing 70% of their fruit due to hail, leaving the vines to concentrate on fully ripening the remaining grapes. This producer is well worth the visit if you are in the area, you are sure to find filling a case all too easy.
Grapefruit and zesty lemon citrus keeps the peachy stonefruit fresh and lively. There is plenty of fleshy fruit on the palate to keep you coming back for another sip. This is a very good match for seared scallops or a pot of mussels in white wine or just good drinking in a shady spot on a warm day.
Quickie review «Crisp citrus, juicy peach abound in this dry and ripe white blend. Incredible value.»
Country of Origin: Bergerac AOC, France
Tasting Date: August 2018
Needs food: no
Source: cellar door