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Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2019

White Wine from France - Bordeaux
From Dourthe, pioneers of modern Bordeaux sauvignon, comes this fresh white showing aromatic complexity and a charming, fruity palate.
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Code: BW6711

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Drinking now
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam

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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Dourthe

Pierre Dourthe launched this company as a wine merchant back in 1840, but it was the fourth generation, André and Roger, who began purchasing vineyards and properties in Bordeaux. It now manages 500 hectares of vines.

During the 20th century, as well as acquiring various Bordeaux properties – such as Château Belgrave in the Haut-Médoc, Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, Château le Boscq in Saint-Estèphe and Château Pey La Tour – the company launched a number of successful wine ranges, including Dourthe No. 1.

One of the few to play the dual role of owner/grower and negociant, the company operates from state-of-the-art facilities to the highest quality standards, employing the world-renowned Denis Doubourdieu and his team as consultant oenologists.

Dourthe No. 1’s white was launched in 1988, with the red following in 1993, and is the result of a partnership between Dourthe, some talented winemakers and a team of dedicated growers at the company’s partner vineyards. Led by Christophe Olliver, the team has worked together to create a distinctive, complex style, obtained by blending grapes from different soils.

The white – a 100% sauvignon blanc – is sourced from silty, clay soils in northern Blaye, giving intensity and aromatics, as well as clay-limestone in north-east and south-east Entre Deux Mers, which provides depth and complexity. It is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel and spends six months ageing on its lees for added balance and finesse.

The red is...
Pierre Dourthe launched this company as a wine merchant back in 1840, but it was the fourth generation, André and Roger, who began purchasing vineyards and properties in Bordeaux. It now manages 500 hectares of vines.

During the 20th century, as well as acquiring various Bordeaux properties – such as Château Belgrave in the Haut-Médoc, Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, Château le Boscq in Saint-Estèphe and Château Pey La Tour – the company launched a number of successful wine ranges, including Dourthe No. 1.

One of the few to play the dual role of owner/grower and negociant, the company operates from state-of-the-art facilities to the highest quality standards, employing the world-renowned Denis Doubourdieu and his team as consultant oenologists.

Dourthe No. 1’s white was launched in 1988, with the red following in 1993, and is the result of a partnership between Dourthe, some talented winemakers and a team of dedicated growers at the company’s partner vineyards. Led by Christophe Olliver, the team has worked together to create a distinctive, complex style, obtained by blending grapes from different soils.

The white – a 100% sauvignon blanc – is sourced from silty, clay soils in northern Blaye, giving intensity and aromatics, as well as clay-limestone in north-east and south-east Entre Deux Mers, which provides depth and complexity. It is fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel and spends six months ageing on its lees for added balance and finesse.

The red is selected from the premium parcels of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot vines, and is aged in new French oak for 12 months.

The Dourthe family haven’t owned the company since 1998, when they sold it to its three directors, including Patrick Jestin, after which it became part of the Alain Thienot Champagne Group in 2007, with Patrick Jestin remaining as CEO. The company remains committed to growing grapes in exceptional terroirs, with each of its six châteaux managed by its own dynamic, committed team.
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Bordeaux Vintage 2019

The Bordeaux dry whites of 2019 are excellent this year, with an almost exotic edge, but underscored with the hallmark freshness of the vintage, and good aromatic expression.
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