Promo: Four ways to enjoy white Bordeaux wine
The word Bordeaux conjures images of the region’s classic blended reds, but Bordeaux’s dry whites are a quality, refreshing and aromatic option.
The people of Bordeaux have got a pretty good thing going: as well as living in one of the most bucolic and beautiful parts of France, they also get easy access to some of the best wines in Europe.
Thankfully, you don’t have to live in Bordeaux to enjoy the wine. You can find excellent value dry whites in most supermarkets, and within a few sips you’ll understand why the winemakers are so excited about them.
The combination of the right soil types and a warm and gentle climate has created the perfect environment for grape growing, and for making wines that are delicate and balanced.
Based largely on the sauvignon blanc grape, which originated in Bordeaux, Bordeaux dry whites are typically blended with sémillon, sauvignon blanc, sauvignon gris, colombard and/or a touch of muscadelle to give them smoothness and aroma.
While Bordeaux’s dry whites make a very good apéritif to serve with nibbles or canapés, they are equally good enjoyed with a meal. Try one of these pairings tonight and see how beautiful they can be. Santé!
Dourthe Réserve 2015, Bordeaux, Majestic £11.99 (sauvignon blanc)
This refreshingly crisp white wine is perfect for parties. A fantastic apéritif with notes of apple and passion fruit – a great alternative to bubbles when you want to serve something elegant. The subtle notes work well with Asian flavours and seafood: try it with this Vietnamese crab and pomelo salad.
Château Le Bernet 2015, Graves, Bordeaux, Sainsbury’s £7.50 (sémillon, sauvignon blanc)
This is a lovely balanced dry white wine with expressive flavours of citrus, and fleshy fruit notes. It’s delicious with seafood or poultry dishes, such as this tarragon and mustard chicken with potato stuffing.
Château Tour Léognan 2012, Pessac-Léognan, Waitrose £14.99 (sauvignon blanc, sémillon)
Steely and mineral in style, this dry white wine from Pessac-Léognan is dry on the finish and versatile enough to work with a range of flavours. You’ll find it’s particularly good paired with seafood, such as this Spanish tapas-style squid with romesco sauce.
Château Le Coin, 2015, Laithwaites £10.99 (sauvignon gris)
A spicy white with flavours of apricot and citrus is an unusual but perfect match for a cheese board. If you really want to step up your post-dinner platter, try having it alongside something unusual, like this roast squash with blue cheese and pickled walnuts.