Sub-region: Bordeaux Blanc
Grape(s): Sauvignon 100%
Bordeaux is rarely acclaimed as a source of great-value Sauvignon -- because the varietal message in this part of the world is often obscured rather than validated by origin, and because many Bordeaux whites are based on the blends traditional in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. This was the only single-variety Sauvignon amongst our Value Best In Show wines this year -- and its grassy freshness, purity and poise make it a terrific winner. Our judges felt, though, that origin was indeed a part of its appeal -- palpable via the soft grain of its faintly oak-infused aromas, and the vinous drive and length of its palate. At this price, don't look for complexity or concentration, but there is a class to the fruit which is rare at this level and which will provide much drinking pleasure for Sauvignon fans
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