When I hear Bordeaux, the first wine that comes to my mind is red. But maybe right now is not the time of year when I’m most ardent about red wine. But Bordeaux isn’t always red; it can be white or even pink. Here are four incredibly refreshing Bordeaux wines in shades of white and pink. One of the whites offers pure fruit and no oak flavors. The other is richer and rounder but still fresh and refreshing. Likewise, one of the Rosés is made in the fresh, lighter (both in color and weight) beach-style of Rosé while the other is richer and darker and more in the food Rosé style while still offering plenty of refreshment. Enjoy!
Ch. PUYGUERAUD, Francs – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2015 ($16.99)
60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sauvignon Gris fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (no oak barrels) with no malo-lactic fermentation. Pale green straw color, bright and clear with well formed legs; dry, medium-light-bodied with refreshing acidity and scant phenolics. Mixed ripe citrus and pear fruit with a clean focusing beam of mineral. Simple but pure with fine focus and a hint of the exotic BearScore: 91.
Ch. CHARMES GODARD, Francs – Cotes de Bordeaux, 2015 ($17.99)
15% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon Gris fermented and aged 8 months in 500 liter Demi Muids (10% new) with full malolactic fermentation. Green straw color, bright and clear with good legs; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and very light phenolics. Supple fresh ripe pear and citrus with lanolin and mineral clay. Delicious. Hints at ripe ruby red grapefruit at the end. BearScore: 92.
PINS des DUNES, Bordeaux Rosé, 2016 ($9.99)
A blend of 33.33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.33% Merlot, 33.33% Cabernet Franc made using direct pressing with no saignée and mo malolactic fermentation. Palest pink-rosé color with good legs; dry, light-bodied with fresh, refreshing acidity and scant phenolics. Bubble gum dust and Jolly Rancher melon, subtle strawberry, and citrus. Although all that fruit leaves a sweet impression, the vivid acidity and beam of mineral keep the wine dry and clean. Delicious and super refreshing. BearScore: 90.
ROSÉ de CHEVALIER, Bordeaux Rosé, 2016 ($14.99)
A blend of “mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot” utilizing saignée (juice early in the fermenting process “bled” from fermenting red wine tanks after a few hours of skin contact. This now pink juice is then fermented as if it were white wine in stainless steel tanks and finished fresh. more red-pink in color with good legs; dry with fresh acidity and very light phenolics. More red fruit and a bit less citrus with more of a chill-able red character and more food friendly. Perfect with seafood soups and stews. Gumbo anyone? BearScore: 90+.