If there is one criminally forgotten French wine, it is white Bordeaux. Often neglected by the American wine drinking public, Bordeaux Blanc can be every bit as interesting, powerful and, believe it or not, age worthy as the region’s more famous red wines. The 2009 vintage was awarded Bronze from the Challenge International du Vin.
One of the many properties of Bernard Magrez, who also owns classified estates Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan and Chateau Fombrauge in St. Emilion, Les Jourdis Blanc is a classic white Bordeaux blend of 42% Sauvignon, 42% Muscadelle and 16% Semillon that is a perfect introduction to the style. Quite aromatic, it offers up loads of grapefruit, lemon rind and fresh spring flowers. The Muscadelle really shines here, adding weight and texture to the crisp, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. It works great as a summer sipper, crisp and fresh, but really shines with food, especially goat cheese or fresh shellfish.