The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Rieussec is one of the top producers of Sauternes in the world, creating many memorable and delicious vintages. Carmes De Rieussec is the second wine from the Chateau, and tends to have aromatic flavours with a...
The 2015 vintage of Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere Blanc is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. This wine is crisp and refreshing with succulent length and full of juicy citrus fruit and green apple with undertones of sweet vanilla. This is ready to drink with light seafood, but there is room for growth over a couple of years!
Cos dEstournel Blanc is the youngest member of the range, with its first vintage in 2005. Unlike its Elysian sibling in the red label, Cos Blanc captures far more earthly experiences; fresh sea air, warm summer evenings and crisp fruits.
The Carmes de Rieussec 2014 is a blend of 92% Semillon and 4% each of Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. It has a very pure and honeyed bouquet that demonstrates superb intensity. The palate is unctuous on the entry with a touch of ginger, plenty of botrytised fruit but just missing the persistence on the finish that cuts away a little swiftly, just as the wine is getting into its…