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Reignac, 2013, Bordeaux BlancWhite, Old World, Sauvignon Blanc blend from Bordeaux, France
Undoubtedly a Sauvignon Blanc but with an extra richness from the Semillon and well integrated oak. Ideal as an aperitif and with rich white meats and fish.
Why we recommend this wine
White Bordeaux is something of a rarity even in the South-East of Bordeaux where it is grown. This is a great example that we discovered on a recent trip to the area – see our notes here.
White Bordeaux has traditionally been a blend primarily of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. We just love the richness that Semillon brings and the fermentation in oak adds a most pleasant extra dimension. If the great communes of Burgundy made a Sauvignon this is what we imagine it would taste like. This is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Gris that is fermentation 80% in new French oak barrels and 20% cement egg shape tanks that are shown in our trip notes (to preserve fruit taste and aromas); the lees are regularly stirred for 8 months. Despite being several yeaars old it still takes time to open up.
The wine estate
Château Reignac refer to themselves as an unclassified Grand Cru. It is probably because of their terroir and most critics agree that it is not an idle boast.
Chateaux Reignac has 80 hectares under vine only 2 of which are for white wine.
All along the winemaking process they respect the environment and reduce to a minimum their impact on it. Every generated waste is sent to a channel appropriated for its recycling. Chemical grass eradication is progressively abandoned; today they work the soil mechanically under the vine rows. They also plant organic fertilisers (linen, mustard, cloves and forage turnips) on selected plots to experiment with the capacity of these plants to fertilise naturally the soils to help improve their structure, and in this way diminish the use of chemical fertilisers.
The original Château was built by Seigneur Baude de Peyron in the 16th century. Remodeled in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has a remarkable greenhouse that was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the man who created the tower that bears his name in Paris. Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, purchased Reignac in 1990 and have worked continuously ever since to restore the state to its former glory while introducing numerous innovations. The very talented Michel Rolland is their consulting oenologist.
Food and wine
With its rich body and citrus notes this is ideal with white meats and fish with rich cream or butter sauces.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here
Did you know?
Bordeaux is the only area where Semillon is habitually blended with Sauvignon Blanc to make a unique wine. Sadly more and more Bordelais are abandoning Semillon because it is a difficult vine. We wager that they will find selling an undifferentiated Sauvignon a lot more difficult.