If the Bordeaux region is famous for its red wines, don’t underestimate the white wines! As we approach summer, we cannot refuse a a glass of chilled white wine. Not only are the white wines of Bordeaux are ideal for an aperitif, but can also pair well with summer meals.
The three main varieties grown in the Bordeaux region are Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. Semillon is the most common. It operates both in the composition of sweet wines than dry white wines. Round in the mouth, semillon grapes excels after some years of maturation. Among the younger wines, which often dominates the taste is the sauvignon, the grape that is often blended with semillon. With its fruity aromas and flavors and flowery, sauvignon perfectly complements the rich flavor of Semillon. The trio is completed by the muscadelle, less frequently used, but very appreciated for its fragrant aroma reminiscent Muscat.
The white wines of Bordeaux can be find in the Graves and Pessac Léognan appellations. These wines are gain complexity and finesse over the years, and regional characteristics of taste, nose, and flavors develop and evolve over the years.
Bordeaux white wines pair quite well with the divinely French cheeses. For example: a white Bordeaux with a goat (not too) creamy cheese. The specific taste of goat cheese, sometimes difficult to associate, perfectly compliment the wines of Cotes de Blaye. Similarly, the more traditional French cheeses do not necessarily call for a red wine. Indeed, by their softness, Camembert or Brie quickly give some bitterness in red wine. Instead, try a light Sauvignon Blanc, and you will see for yourself that cheese and white wine make a perfect duo!
Like many other white wines, Bordeaux is served chilled, that is to say at a temperature of 48° F to 54° F. Rule of thumb: the younger the wine, the more chilled before serving. But, not to kill the wine’s aromas, it is best to avoid thermal shock. If you still want to enjoy your white Bordeaux right away, immerse in a bucket of cold water with ice cubes. And to impress your guests, choose a nice ice bucket that you can put on the table.
Learn more at the Bordeaux Wine School! Cheers to summer!