2006 Ducla Experience XIV Blanc, Bordeaux (Previously $15.)

SKU #1049869

One of Ralph's favorites. 46% sauvignon blanc, 46% sauvignon gris and 8% muscadelle. Barrel-fermented and sur lies aged for 7-9 months. Here is a wine with the delicacy expected in white Bordeaux, but with good power and depth. The unusual addition of sauvignon gris adds to the aromatic intensity with notes of jasmine, mango and passion fruit. Toasty vanilla comes through nicely and adds to the long and delicate finish.

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2009 | Send Email
The one question I hear at Thanksgiving is "what white wine will go great with Thanksgiving dinner?" I personally feel that Bordeaux Blancs are the best white wine for Thanksgiving, and this is one of my favorites. The wine is 46% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sauvignon Gris and 8% Muscadelle. The Sauvignon Gris gives a richer mouthfeel and the Muscadelle provides beautiful aromatics of flowers and honey. On the nose there is plenty of honey, floral and peach aromas. The mouthfeel is rich and round with lots of peach and mango flavors, but the acidity keeps it balanced. The heady finish is filled with fruit and long. I am surprised this wine is still in the store.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


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