2014 de France Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1285408 92 points James Suckling

 Lots of dried-apple and dried-pineapple character with hints of flan. Full body, plenty of fruit and a creamy-textured finish. Drink now.  (2/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château de France Blanc has a fresh lime and dewy green apple nose that is nicely defined. The palate is fresh and crisp, almost Burgundy-like on the mid-palate with fine tension all the way through to the finish. You know, this might very well be the best Château de France Blanc that I have tasted. Excellent. (NM)  (4/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This has good cut, with a mix of dried pineapple, yellow apple and plum fruit flavors, laced with high-pitched verbena and honeysuckle notes. Offers a fresh, mineral-edged finish. Drink now through 2019. (JM)  (3/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Grapefruit, nettle and subtle oak spice. Vibrant and expressive with a lot of core concentration. Just a hint of baked apple adds further complexity. Like their red, this is a great 2014. (RH)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
Green apple, pineapple, lemon zest, with a pretty floral note that suggests Sauvignon Gris is hiding in there undisclosed. Medium plus acidity with weight and texture. Bordeaux Blanc for the win!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2017 | Send Email
A very exuberant Bordeaux Blanc I must say, with very tropical notes of pineapple, mangoes, along with peaches and perfectly framed by a juicy acidity. Outstanding. This wine would work wonders as a pairing with say, Thai food...

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2017 | Send Email
Pessac-Leognan makes some of the finest dry whites in the world, and most of them are a very good value for money. The 2014 De France Blanc is a fantastic example of this. I think one would be hard-pressed to find a white Burgundy or California white at this price that was even in the same league. Although predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, the 20% Semillon is front and center in this honeyed, full-bodied yet completely dry white. The great 2014 vintage is renowned for dry whites for a good reason, this is concentrated, long finishing stuff!
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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2016 | Send Email
The 2014 Chateau de France Blanc, Pessac-Léognan $24.99 is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The wine is generous and rich in style, with barrel aging and regular batonnage adding both flavor and texture. It explodes with exotic, tropical fruit – guava and fresh pineapple. Brisk and bracing, a lively acidity keeps the wine from becoming ponderous.

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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.


- 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.


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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.