2012 Reynon Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux

SKU #1139962 88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Nice high-pitched style, with thyme and lime notes and a good stony hint on the bright finish  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

A great vintage for Bordeaux whites. Located in Beguey in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, Chateau Reynon was purchased by the Dubourdieu family in 1958. Denis Dubourdieu took over vineyard work in 1976 and the chateau is now one of the finest in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux. The vineyard's deep gravelly soil with clay subsoil is situated on a well-draining hillside. This blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon is hand-harvested in two passes in order to select perfectly ripe bunches. Pressed grapes are left on the skins and slowly drained before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. An elegant and aromatic white Bordeaux wine is the result, displaying characteristics of grapefruit and white peach with smoky and steely nuance. This wine is energetic and ready to enjoy, but it has a safe potential of several years of bottle aging to further develop.

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Sauvignon Blanc

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