Bordeaux is an obsession of mine as you might know. White Bordeaux is an almost rare experience really, and to find wines that reflect terroir and the clear value of that these two wines do is astounding. We taste at least once a year with proprietor Herve Dubourdieu, either traveling to taste Kermit Lynch’s portfolio somewhere or in Bordeaux, and he knocks it out here with Graville-Lacoste and Ducasse. Graville comes from a particularly cool microclimate in the Graves region to the south of the city of Bordeaux, is fine and linear. Ducasse, the second and dry wine offering of Sauternes property Roumieu-Lacoste (situated between Climens and Doisy-Daene) shows a rounder palate feel than Graville and shows slightly lower acid perhaps due to its fullness.
2011 Chateau Graville Lacoste
75% Semillon: taut and intense of the bunch. Evergreen, chalk, lean, racy and extremely long.
91 points, Rhett Beiletti, B-21
2011 Ducasse Blanc
60% semillon, subtle, towards lush but dry, earthy, mineral, mushroom, lemon, pineapple, submerged, silky.
90 points, Rhett Beiletti, B-21
“Both are of high proportions of Semillon and are striking and pure examples of the value that Bordeaux has to offer, white or red.” -RB