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Château Bouscaut Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2016

White Wine from France - Bordeaux
A château that is less well known than it deserves to be as its wines never disappoint. The 2016 has a nose of citrus fruits and a hint of creaminess. On the palate, ripe semillon is balanced with zesty sauvignon, and the finish exhibits lovely purity and lift. Textbook dry white Bordeaux close to its drinking peak.
Price: £32.00 Bottle
Price: £192.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BW5881

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2025
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Dry White Bordeaux

The Bordeaux region is most renowned for its red wines but there are a number of excellent dry white wines, some of them amongst the most prestigious white wines in France, and indeed the world.

White wine represents little more than 10% of the output of the region, from vines grown on about 7,000 hectares. Unlike Bordeaux AC reds, whites under the simple Bordeaux appellation may come from very prestigious properties within a commune because the commune appellation rules sometimes apply only to red wine. Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux and Ygrec, the dry white wines from the legendary producers Château Margaux and Château d’Yquem respectively, can only bear the appellation Bordeaux AC despite each estates’ renown and status as a 1er grand cru classé for red wines.

As with reds under the basic Bordeaux appellations, the grapes that make white wine can come from anywhere in Bordeaux (and if made by a négociant company probably will). The principal grape varieties for Bordeaux AC...
The Bordeaux region is most renowned for its red wines but there are a number of excellent dry white wines, some of them amongst the most prestigious white wines in France, and indeed the world.

White wine represents little more than 10% of the output of the region, from vines grown on about 7,000 hectares. Unlike Bordeaux AC reds, whites under the simple Bordeaux appellation may come from very prestigious properties within a commune because the commune appellation rules sometimes apply only to red wine. Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux and Ygrec, the dry white wines from the legendary producers Château Margaux and Château d’Yquem respectively, can only bear the appellation Bordeaux AC despite each estates’ renown and status as a 1er grand cru classé for red wines.

As with reds under the basic Bordeaux appellations, the grapes that make white wine can come from anywhere in Bordeaux (and if made by a négociant company probably will). The principal grape varieties for Bordeaux AC whites are sauvignon blanc, semillon, sauvignon gris, ugni blanc and muscadelle with some smaller plantings of colombard and a little merlot blanc.

At one time semillon was the most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux, red or white, but since public taste moved decisively to red wines it has declined and now plays second fiddle to sauvignon blanc, which has enjoyed a renaissance in the wake of New Zealand’s success with the variety. Indeed, while most Bordeaux wines are a blend of complementary grape varieties, there are now a significant number of single-varietal sauvignons on the market.

White grapes, particularly sauvignon blanc, are harvested earlier than reds, unless they are destined for sweet wines, and many are hand-picked because of the narrow width of the rows in many Bordeaux vineyards though machine harvesting is an option for some. Vineyard management, as with reds, is much improved in recent decades, with a much better understanding of vine care and canopy management leading to more reliably ripened and healthy fruit. Those that can afford to will sort the grapes at least once on arrival at the winery, partly because of the inherent problems of fungal attacks in Bordeaux.

Winemaking techniques vary, with some producers having the resources to give the juice extended skin contact and the resulting wine some time in oak, though most cannot and do not. The bad old days of excessive use of sulphur are mostly gone and white wines are greatly improved, with better fruit characters across the board and terrific freshness and balance. The best wines are world class and many provide excellent value.

Bordeaux whites have a very pale yellow colour when young which will deepen to straw yellow with age. Pessac-Léognan whites and those vinified in oak are generally richer in colour and flavour and favour more elaborate fish and white-meat dishes.
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Château Bouscaut

Dating back to the 17th century, Château Bouscaut is the largest vineyard in the Graves commune of Cadaujac, and has been a Graves Cru Classé since 1953. In 1979, it was bought by the far-sighted Lucien Lurton, whose family also owns several other impressive Bordeaux properties, such as Brane-Cantenac in Margaux and Château Climens in Barsac.

The 1990s saw many major improvements to the Bouscaut estate, such as extensive vineyard replanting and installing a new barrel maturation room and concrete tank room, and in 1999 the family also purchased the neighbouring property, Lamothe-Bouscaut . Since 2005, the properties have been run by Lucien’s daughter Sophie and her husband Laurent Cogombles, and with unassuming charm they have made Bouscaut an original wine well worth following.

The red is slightly unusual for Graves in that – at 55% – merlot makes up the majority of the blend. The remainder is 40% cabernet sauvignon and 5% malbec, and the wine is aged for 18 months in oak, just under half of which is new oak. This rich, full-flavoured red can be enjoyed from five years of age and will continue to mature for fifteen years, sometimes longer.

The white – a 50/50 split between semillon and sauvignon blanc, which matures for 12 months in 40% new oak – also repays keeping .

Lamothe-Bouscaut, which produces both a red and a white, has become the second wine. The 9ha of vines here have an average age of 30 years. The white has a high percentage of semillon, and the red is – like...
Dating back to the 17th century, Château Bouscaut is the largest vineyard in the Graves commune of Cadaujac, and has been a Graves Cru Classé since 1953. In 1979, it was bought by the far-sighted Lucien Lurton, whose family also owns several other impressive Bordeaux properties, such as Brane-Cantenac in Margaux and Château Climens in Barsac.

The 1990s saw many major improvements to the Bouscaut estate, such as extensive vineyard replanting and installing a new barrel maturation room and concrete tank room, and in 1999 the family also purchased the neighbouring property, Lamothe-Bouscaut . Since 2005, the properties have been run by Lucien’s daughter Sophie and her husband Laurent Cogombles, and with unassuming charm they have made Bouscaut an original wine well worth following.

The red is slightly unusual for Graves in that – at 55% – merlot makes up the majority of the blend. The remainder is 40% cabernet sauvignon and 5% malbec, and the wine is aged for 18 months in oak, just under half of which is new oak. This rich, full-flavoured red can be enjoyed from five years of age and will continue to mature for fifteen years, sometimes longer.

The white – a 50/50 split between semillon and sauvignon blanc, which matures for 12 months in 40% new oak – also repays keeping .

Lamothe-Bouscaut, which produces both a red and a white, has become the second wine. The 9ha of vines here have an average age of 30 years. The white has a high percentage of semillon, and the red is – like Bouscaut – predominantly merlot.
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Bordeaux Vintage 2016 Dry White

The 2016 Bordeaux vintage is good to very good for dry whites, with the best wines displaying fresh, aromatic fruit character.
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