2010 La Garde Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1110641 92-93 points James Suckling

 This is fascinating, with a dried lemon, apple, and mineral character on the nose and palate. Stony. Full and fruity. Serious white. Made with biodynamic methods.  (4/2011)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An equal part blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, this exotic wine reveals lots of Mandarin orange notes intermixed with figs and honeyed melons. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.  (5/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy, with a tangerine, lemon peel and grapefruit pulp profile backed by a note of citrus oil on the finish. Shows good clarity and cut, featuring a vivacious green almond note on the finish. Drink now through 2015.  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 This is Dourthe's special baby made with advise from Denis Dubourdieu. It is quite distinctive on the nose thanks to its unusually substantial, 50%, proportion of Sauvignon Gris along with the Sauvignon Blanc. This gives it quite a heady perfume but makes it to my mind rather more like a New World wine and less Bordelais. Lots of effort has gone into this, including less stirring by the Oxoline system of barrel rotation. But I'd choose to drink this relatively young; it seems less nervy and long term than many of its peers.  (4/2011)

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.