2015 Les Charmes Godard Blanc, Côtes de Francs

SKU #1344026 93 points James Suckling

 A white with impressive personality. Green mangoes, lemon rind and limes. Full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Love the dried-fruit and mineral character to the palate. A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.  (2/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Nicolas Thienpont's 2015 Les Charmes-Godard is as delicious as it has always been. Now that it has been in bottle, the contours have softened a bit. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next year or two, while the citrus and floral notes remain bright. Les Charmes-Godard is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 25% Sauvignon Gris and 25% Sauvignon Blanc aged in 500-liter barrels. (AG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2018 | Send Email
Beautiful floral notes with an intriguing tropical note of guava. The richness on the palate is perfectly balanced by the acidity and the flintness of its minerality. Very versatile wine, you could pair it with creamy fish dishes, mussels, oysters, light meats, and cheeses.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
I love the world-class white values that can be found in Bordeaux. Goddard Blanc is a beautiful blend of 50% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Gris aged for 6 months on the lees in large barrels. It shows flavors of gooseberry, lemongrass, cream and vibrant minerals, with an acid core that keeps the flavors lingering for over a minute. Great for any fish or chicken meal.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
White Bordeaux can be made in a variety of styles, but often the best, and most long-lived styles are made with a blend of Semillion, and see some oak influence, as is the case here. The oak influence, however, is minimal, since the barrels used are large format. The wine retains plenty of fresh acidity and grassy/citrus notes from the Sauvignon Blanc, but has an added richness of texture and fruit presence due to the Semillon, and the sur lie aging. This is a serious and well-crafted little wine that, although pleasant now, will undoubtedly age phenomenally well.

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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.