Bordeaux, France is among the world leaders in wine production. Mostly known for the incredible red wines hailing from the area, white wines produced in the area also hold their own against any other white wines produced outside of Bordeaux, France.
One style of white wines the dessert wine is a hallmark white wine style from Sauternes, France a sub region of the Bordeaux, but this isn’t the only style of white wines that deserve mentioning.
Even though this is suppose to be a list of everyday white wines, I couldn’t help myself to include some more expensive highly sought after white wines that are everyday white wines fro those lucky enough to afford it. I have included both dessert and non-dessert white wines that are perfect for pairing with breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes 1989 – Also known as liquid dessert for the wealthy, this $537 a bottle white dessert wine from the Sauternes sub region of Bordeaux, France is extremely delicious. I’m not a huge dessert wine fan but this rather complex white wine hits you off the bat with its musky nose that delves into rich caramel, honey, apricots and other tree fruits flavors that stick around on the palette. If you are lucky enough afford a bottle or get a chance to taste it, do not pass the opportunity up, you will not be disappointed.
Chateau d-Yquem Sauternes 1990 – Like its older brother mentioned above, this wine is another complex explosion of concentrated flavors of tree fruit that is rich, resinous and totally satisfying. Starting at around $495 a bottle the price may be prohibitive but the experience of enjoying this long lasting Sauternes dessert wine will make you forget all about the price.
Chateau Doisy-Vedrines 2005 – Another fabulous dessert wine from Sauternes, France this is a very sweet wine, can be enjoyed as dessert all by itself. Starting at around $27 this is a very reasonable entry into dessert wines that is very well balanced with a long finish and flavors of tropical fruits, honey and apricot, very enjoyable.
Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2005 – Another well priced, $40 a bottle Sauternes region dessert wine that has a lot of bold character and flavors. The nose is of honey and French side gardens followed by flavors of numerous summer tree fruits and apricot, a nicely balanced dessert wine.
Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc 2003- After being lucky enough to taste this wine from a friend I can die in peace now. Since I am not the biggest fan of sweet long lasting dessert wines this very crisp and dry white Bordeaux from the Graves sub region left a heavenly mouth feel that made me want more. If this wine didn’t sell for around $800 a bottle I would have probably asked my gracious host for another glass, pure joy in a bottle.
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2005 – Another fantastic white Bordeaux wine from the Graves sub region has a wonderfully sophisticated vintage with bright acidic notes and flavors ranging from honey to spices to tree fruit to lemon. Just an exquisite wine that is worth all $90 a bottle this wine sells for, with such a strong presence this wine pairs so well with numerous summery dishes.
Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2006 – This young, nutty, acidic masterpiece from the Pauillac sub region of Bordeaux, France is simple put, delicious. Flavors of the Mediterranean along with tropical fruits and lemon that are well balanced makes this wine a smooth easily drinkable experience. Starting at $53 a bottle you can enjoy this wine now or in 10 years from now.
Clos Floridene 2006 – Young, bright, fruity well balanced white wine starting at $24 from the Graves sub region of Bordeaux is a nice alternative to more expensive complex white wines from Bordeaux. A very intense fruity experience I love this wine with spicy light Asian dishes, just the perfect combination for my discerning palette.
Chateau Haut-Bergey Blanc 2005 – Another fresh and crisp white wine from the Graves sub region of Bordeaux delivers another great moderately priced ($35) white wine that is ready for the drinking. Beautiful summer flavors of melon and lemon that is held together by other tree fruit flavors from the region make this a surprisingly great wine for the price, you will not be disappointed.