A Glimpse into a Bordeaux Summer

FILED UNDER: Bordeaux Ambassadors, Grapes, Know Your Bordeaux, Viticulture, White Wine, Wine 101

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With the arrival of summer, Bordeaux winemakers are heading into one of the most exciting seasons of the vine-growing calendar. Some believe that a vintage’s personality and character is determined in these crucial months before harvest. So far, the summer has been kind to our region!

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Sauvignon Blanc Season is Back!

FILED UNDER: Grapes, Know Your Bordeaux, White Wine

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If you love nothing more than cracking open a fresh bottle of Sauvignon Blanc on a hot summer evening, you’re not alone! The crisp, dry white wine is so popular, it even has its own day.

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White Wines To Get You Inspired For Spring!

FILED UNDER: Buying & Choosing Wine, White Wine

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In the wake of one of the coldest winters in recent memory (at least here in New York City at Bordeaux HQ), we’re drooling at the bits for some much needed sunshine. Warmer temps mean picnics, parks and fresh, vibrant produce. It also heralds the unofficial start of white wine season. For some, that particular season never ends. But given red and white wines’ inherent characteristics and pairing profiles, its understandable that some have a seasonal preference when it comes to wine. 

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10 White Bordeaux Under $20

FILED UNDER: Buying & Choosing Wine, Know Your Bordeaux, White Wine

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Last June, we unveiled our Today’s Bordeaux selection, an annual list of the top 100 value Bordeaux wines between $10 and $55 dollars. The list, determined by an esteemed jury of wine professionals and educators, represents the range of affordable Bordeaux wines available in the US. For some, a hundred wines may seem a daunting task to navigate. (Tip: Check out our wine selector guide for the wine that’s fit for your occasion!) So, we’re narrowing down the field with a series of wine lists fit for different palates and pocketbooks. 

For summer, we’ve zero-ed in on ten white Bordeaux wines under $20 dollars and most widely distributed across the US. These dry whites are the perfect combination of taste and value. Whether you’re stocking up for a party or looking for an easy, breezy white to sip under a summer sunset, ask for one of these white Bordeaux at your local wine shop!

Bordeaux2014_13-saintGlinglin-IMG_8804Bordeaux2014_17-Bonnet-IMG_8848Chateau Bonnet 2013, Entre-Deux-Mers

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle

Price: $11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_5-PetitChapeau-IMG_8958Petit Chapeau 2013, Bordeaux

52% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle

Price: $14

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_18_PetitFrelon-IMG_8766Château Petit Freylon 2013, Bordeaux

 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $12

 

 

 

 

 

   

Bordeaux2014_19-LaFleurdAmelie-IMG_8797La Fleur d’Amelie 2012, Bordeaux

30% Sémillon, 70% Sauvignon Blanc 

Price: $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_1_Timberlay-IMG_8897 Château Timberlay 2012, Bordeaux

60% Sauvignon Blanc,  40% Sémillon

Price: $17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_3-Verdillac-IMG_8919 Verdillac 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_6-Chaubinet-IMG_8949Château Chaubinet 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $12.99

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_14-DeSours-IMG_8824Château de Sours 2012, Bordeaux

90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon

Price: $18

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeaux2014_13-saintGlinglin-IMG_8804Saint-Glinglin 2013, Bordeaux

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $15.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

chateau-tassin-101106748 Château Tassin 2013, Bordeaux

85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon

Price: $39 (4 Bottles In A Box)

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Sauvignon, Semillon And Salad, Oh My!

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes, Know Your Bordeaux, White Wine

Come summer time there’s simply nothing as satisfying as a fresh salad paired with a chilled, crisp white Bordeaux. It’s a great season for unexpected fruits and vegetables like strawberries and snap peas to make their appearance amongst the greens. White Bordeaux blends with Sauvignon and Semillon provide the perfect compliment to such dishes with their mix of herbaceous and creamy aromas and textures. 

Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite seasonal salads to pair with a white Bordeaux that will please your palate and your pocket book. 

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This salad from epicurious.com two of our all time favorite summer vegetables, sugar snap peas and radish. The feta and sumac give it texture and depth of flavor. If you don’t have sumac on hand, dress it with your favorite vinaigrette instead. We suggest pairing with this white Bordeaux from Château de Sours with 90% Sauvignon Blanc. 

Image via Foodess.com

Image via Foodess.com

A simple spinach and strawberry salad is elevated with goat cheese, almond slivers and this unexpected secret ingredient. And, try the Château Chaubinet, a 100% Sauvignon Blanc with crisp, clean flavors that will compliment the creaminess of the goat cheese. 

Image via Bon Appetit

Image via Bon Appetit

Next time you’re firing up the grill, take a chance on this grilled watermelon salad. An unexpected dish that packs a punch! Pair it with a Petit Chapeau, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle that’s easy drinking in nature. 

For more white Bordeaux recs, visit our Today’s Bordeaux 2014 selection and if you have another unexpected salad pairing to suggest, leave it in the comments section below!

Happy Summer!