Sauvignon Blanc has always been hit or miss for me. I often find the grape a bit too acidic to truly enjoy the wine without food. However, this $13.99 bottle form the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux (literally meaning between the seas) changed that for me. It is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, and 25% Muscadelle from 20 year old vines grown in clay and limestone soil.
Semillon is traditionally used in Bordeaux to soften the acidity in Sauvignon Blanc and add body, and Muscadelle is utilized to enhance the floral characteristics. This has definitely been accomplished here giving you a rounded out and much more approachable white Bordeaux.
You still get the citrus and herb characteristics that you’d expect from Sauvignon Blanc, but the nose was more lime and orange than grapefruit with aromas of spring flowers, honeysuckle, and wet rocks. The wine had a rich texture and sweetness that I didn’t expect, but enjoyed, with flavors of lime and grass. The finish lingered for a bit making for an overall well balanced, medium bodied, and refreshing white wine.
Because of the medium acidity and body, this wine can be consumed with or without food. I had it with a beef torta and pan seared snapper, so this is a pretty versatile white that can stand up to more than just chicken and fish.