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Font Clair, Bordeaux Blanc 2019

White Wine from France - Bordeaux
A fresh and appetising white Bordeaux blend of mainly sauvignon blanc, with smaller proportions of colombard and semillon, from one of the Entre-Deux-Mers' top co-ops. This was previously labelled as La Perrière, and remains excellent value.
Price: £6.75 Bottle
Price: £81.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: BW6691

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Drinking now
  • 75cl
  • Screwcap

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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Cave Co-operative de Rauzan

Cave Co-Operative de Rauzan was formed in 2008 after two nearby co-operatives – one storage facility dating back to 1933 and one co-operative cellar founded in 1936 – merged so they could move forward together.

They now have 3000ha of land farmed by around 300 growers, producing wines under the Bordeaux Superiéur, Bordeaux, Entre-Deux-Mers, and Crémant de Bordeaux appellations. The resultant 450,000hl of wine produced per year makes them the largest producers of ‘wine of controlled origin’ in France, but their large production is by no means incompatible with excellent quality levels.

The vineyards are all found in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, an area known for its rich history, architecture, and cuisine. At 50km from Saint-Emilion, they are close to the Dordogne and benefit from marlstone soils. Although 83% of the co-op’s production is red wine – specifically, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc – the 17% of white production is still very important to Rauzan’s success, and the semillon, sauvignon blanc, and muscadelle grapes work well with this high-acidity soil.

Château La Perrière is exclusive to The Wine Society in the UK, and we adjust the blend of grapes depending on each vintage. Despite its accessible price, the wine is subject to strict production methods: the date of harvest and the equipment invested in to allow the wine’s low-temperature fermentation and safe resting on its lees are both crucial to Château La Perrière’s consistent quality.

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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