Wine Château Rauzan Despagne, Grand Vin Blanc, 2016
This Bordeaux white is an excellent expression of the complex wines that the region is capable of. The wine combines the very best terroir and winemaking traits.
White - A complex wine that has an abundance of primary notes with subtle secondary aromas.
The wine's aromas lean toward a flinty, greener side of gooseberries, citrus, and pear. The zippy acidity is matched with the wine's subtle some and vanilla tones that finish with a slight floral note on the palate.
As with most Bordeaux whites, the wine is best served with lighter meats, like pork, fish, poultry, and vegetable-based dishes.
The vineyards are affected by the ocean and two rivers. The soils are limestone-rich and add significantly to the wine's minerality.
The grapes are mechanically harvested, macerated on their skins, and undergo gentle pressing. The wines are often left for months on the lees to add to the body.
The Despagne family owns five different Bordeaux Chateaux that total to 300 hectares, selling nearly 2 000 000 bottles per year.