Le Grand Chai Bordeaux Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon • Bordeaux AOC
A rich, elegant white Bordeaux crafted in the style of a fine Pessac-Léognan by our Sauvignon Blanc specialist Jean-Marc Sauboua. He took pristine Sauvignon Blanc and rich honeyed Sémillon and fermented both in oak to lend a creamy, toasty note to the intense, citrusy fruit. Not a big fruity quaffer like a Kiwi Sauvignon, Le Grand Chai articulates much more sophistication than that – a great dinner party wine.
Winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua has won Trophies and Golds galore for his Bordeaux whites and Le Grand Chai Blanc shows him on top form. A first taste reveals hallmark verve and zest from the Sauvignon with added sophistication, body and a lingering toastiness from the Sémillon and the oak. It is, in fact, a collaboration between Le Chai and Château de Thieuley's Courselle family (Francis Courselle was a pioneer in modern Bordeaux whites and his daughters, incidentally also JMS's nieces, are winemakers there). Using the pick of the crop, they oak aged the wine for four months to lend subtle toasty spice to the broad peach and grassy-edged fruit. A real modern classic - serve lightly chilled with seafood, grilled chicken or turbot.
Aromas of cut grass, peach with a hint of vanilla spice. Ripe, complex and citrusy perfection in a glass.
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
Style: Medium-bodied dry white
Colour: Pale gold