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France: Bordeaux: White Wines

Whites in Bordeaux?
Yes, dry white wines are made in Bordeaux. Though the region has become virtually synonymous with classic reds, it is also home to some world class whites. The vast majority of the best examples come from a region just to the southwest of the city of Bordeaux called Graves (pronounced Grahves) and a more particular sub region within Graves, Pessac-Leognan. White Graves or Pessac is generally a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in varying proportions. While the Sauvignon lends a certain amount of zest with a flavorful snap, Semillon contributes a bit of richness and helps to soften any rough edges. The wines are then typically oak aged, thereby taking on distinctive, toasty, vanilla-accented flavors. The end product is a wine that is similar to a fine Chardonnay, though with rather different flavors and a leaner, firmer structure. A good white Bordeaux will age well in the mid-term, though most are quite drinkable upon release. Rich seafood and poultry dishes make the obvious food matches, but the wines often feature a refreshing edge of acidity making them pleasant as aperitifs.

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