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Château Martinon, Entre-Deux-Mers 2014

White Wine from France - Bordeaux
An appellation little seen these days, so we were delighted to find this charming citrus and passionfruit-scented white. Majority semillon with 20% sauvignon, 15% sauvignon gris and 5% of the rarer muscadelle.
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Code: BW5121

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 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 Martinon

The family of owner/manager Jérome Trolliet have lived at Château Martinon for generations and are documented as far back as the 17th century. Jérome took over in 1980 and the reputation of the property for the quality of its wines has never been finer, particularly following the arrival of a new cellar master from Château Thieuley, Monsieur Bataille.

The estate consists of 70 hectares (42 under vine) at Gornac in the Entre-Deux-Mers where semillon, sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris and muscadelle are grown for white wines and merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc for red, on a south-facing slopes of clay-limestone.

Dry White Bordeaux vintage 2014

Dry white wines are delicious in 2014, displaying racy acidity and plenty of aromatic fruit. Before an sunshine arrived, and stayed, in September the cool, damp weather of summer was less of a worry for white wine production than it was for reds. In fact it was important not to let the Indian summer blunt some of the freshness of the white grapes and good growers have done just that.
2014 vintage reviews

JancisRobinson.com

…a great price...Lightly oily nose. Not the raciest fruit but it certainly delivers extract andinterest even if the finish is a little sudden. Good Value.

- Jancis Robinson

The Guardian

…terrific value… crisp,zippy, mainly semillon-based… makes a great aperitif.

- Fiona Beckett

winegang.com

From an appellationthat was once a fixture of restaurant lists, but has in the past couple ofdecades been somewhat eclipsed by sauvignons from other parts of France and theNew World, this is an...
From an appellationthat was once a fixture of restaurant lists, but has in the past couple ofdecades been somewhat eclipsed by sauvignons from other parts of France and theNew World, this is an appealingly pithy, grassy and subtly spicy mix of semillon,sauvignon blanc, muscadelle and sauvignon gris, a seafood partner thatinvigorates with its racy grapefruit freshness.
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The Daily Telegraph

The white wines ofBordeaux are hugely underrated and mistakenly overlooked. This one’s breezy,aromatic and unoaked. A sharpener for the end of a summer day, made mainly withsemillon, but with both...
The white wines ofBordeaux are hugely underrated and mistakenly overlooked. This one’s breezy,aromatic and unoaked. A sharpener for the end of a summer day, made mainly withsemillon, but with both sauvignon blanc and nettley sauvignon gris in theblend, as well as a dash of floral muscadelle. Charming and delicious. 
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- Victoria Moore

Warrington Guardian

Semillon, sauvignonsblanc and gris along with muscadelle grapes produce pineapple and lemon... It’s refreshing and almost zesty and a bargain for those who join [this]140-year-old mutual...
Semillon, sauvignonsblanc and gris along with muscadelle grapes produce pineapple and lemon... It’s refreshing and almost zesty and a bargain for those who join [this]140-year-old mutual society. 
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- Nick Nunn

Portsmouth News

A lovely summer wine.White Bordeaux is undervalued and this semillon-based wine is fresh, unoaked,with zesty fruit. Perfect with seafood. 

- Alistair Gibson

aboutmygeneration.com

<font color="#000000">Pineapple and lemonzest aromas. Lifted, fresh and fun. A really enjoyable, refreshing wine.Exceptional at the price. </font>

The Mail on Sunday

Striking qualityoutstrips the price of this scented lemony summer sizzler.- Olly Smith

Chichester Observer

<font color="#000000">There are lightpineapple and lemon aromas from this fruity white - a pleasing cool drink on ahot evening by itself or with a seafood supper. The blend is mostly...
<font color="#000000">There are lightpineapple and lemon aromas from this fruity white - a pleasing cool drink on ahot evening by itself or with a seafood supper. The blend is mostly semillonplus 25% sauvignon blanc, 15% sauvignon gris and 5% muscadelle. </font>
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- Peter Homer

The Drinks Business

A very good exampleof what Bordeaux does so well.

- Richard Bampfield MW

The Drinks Business

Very user-friendly.

- Mark Savage MW

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