A juicy French Bordeaux blend that is a great alternative to boring whites.
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle. SRP of $13 but should be available for a dollar or two less than that. Sample received courtesy Planet Bordeaux for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"La Freynelle, located in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux has been in the Barthe family for 7 generations since 1789. The present owner and oenologist of this 75-hectare estate, Veronique Barthe, inherited the chateau in 1990 and is the first female winemaker in the family history. She is now producing award winning wines. 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle from 25 year old vines. Clay and limestone soils. After harvest, grapes are crushed gently in a pneumatic press to retain freshness and aromas. The wine also undergoes partial malolactic fermentation to obtain more roundness and body. Brilliant straw robe. Lovely fruity nose of white peaches, citrus fruits, and beeswax. Elegant charming, palate with fruit, volume and a smooth, buttery finish.
The 2010 Château la Freynelle Bordeaux exhibits aromas of citrus, apple, and pear. It tastes of lemon with a healthy dash of hard cider. A wine that is crisp, nicely balanced, and easy to drink. A good juicy finish closes this one out. The three varieties in the this blend play quite nicely together and gives this white a bit more character than the usual suspects. Definitely worth a try.
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Overall Rating: 7.0
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