In a Sauv Blanc obsessed world this 50% Sauvignon, 40% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle
melange is true to the style and a lovely reminder of why we should drink more white Bordeaux.
The CHATEAU DE MONFAUCON, NOBODY'S PERFECT, MUSCADELLE
2014 (PS20, WineBuyers.com) is an organic Bordeaux made by a female ex-hairdresser from England.
I sampled three of Wine Buyers wines recently all organic or bio-dynmaic ChaATEAU DE MONFAUCON, NOBODY'S PERFECT MUSCADELLE
2014 (PS20) A very good example of the sort of unusual boutique wine that you'd be very hardpressed to find at the supermarket or even your local wine merchants Maybe that's because it's so off the radar: a white wine made in Bordeaux by an English woman from Muscadelle
a variety generally used as a blending agent in Sauternes.
Sauvignon blanc makes up 70% of the blend with semillon and muscadelle
playing a lesser part.
We soaked up the glorious ambiance of excited afternoon tea goers and our 2015 French Muscadelle
Sauvignon Blanc, before our attentive waiter arrived with our first courses.
(There's no botrytis-on-demand; it's a spontaneous phenomenon, and unwelcome in the wrong grapes at the wrong time.) And here, beyond the Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle
of Sauternes, and the Riesling of most TBAs, wine-makers are letting other varieties hang--from Chardonnay to Viognier--to the good fortune of our holiday tables.
For instance, this blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and aromatic muscadelle
displays handwriting from all those components.
Whatever you're serving at your holiday table, it's likely Bordeaux has a grape variety to suit: Bordeaux is famous for reds, which constitute 86 percent of wine produced in the region, but it also makes Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion, and Muscadelle
. It's important to note that unlike the US, 45 percent of Bordeaux's vineyards are certified either organic, biodynamic, or integrated viticulture, good news for the health conscious.
The food and drink in Tarn is reason enough to visit; nearby, the area around the town of Gaillac is a huge wine-producing region, specialising in rose and whites, using local grapes such as Mauzac or Muscadelle
, as well as better-known ones like Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Over lively conversation, we sipped the Berger Baron Bordeaux Blanc, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc--the fresh and floral touch with the Semillon grapes and the fruit flavors of the Muscadelle
But that was easier said than done, because there's not much Muscadelle
in Washington state.
Beautiful white Bordeaux blend, with each grape varietal bringing a unique element to the wine; the semillon (61%) provides rich body and velvety mouth-feel; the sauvignon Blanc (21%) provides zingy acidity and citrus notes; and the muscadelle
(18%) fills the bouquet with gorgeous notes of fresh rose petals and lavender; balanced and fresh.