2008 Reynon "Old Vines" Bordeaux Blanc (Previously $14)

SKU #1053704

The 16.5 hectares white vineyard is made up of 89% Sauvignon and 11% Sémillon. The density of the vineyard is 5,500 plants per hectare.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2010  | Send Email
We have been directly importing some wines so long that I cannot recall the first year we established our relationship with each producer. Such is the case with Chateau Reynon, which we have been importing since the early 1990s and maybe even before that. Each year their wines seem to become much more refined and evolved, and the Reynon 2008 Bordeaux Blanc, from owner Denis Dubourdieu, is well-defined, with citrus-like tones shrouded by wet stone minerality on the nose and in the mouth, leading to a finish that is mouthwatering, clean, and crisp. Both The Bean and Eby have told me that this will be our house white for the month and is perfect for our cracked crab dinners that I enjoy cooking. 12.5% abv
Drink from 2010 to 2012

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Varietal:

Semillon

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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