The 2009 Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc from Château de Claribès.
A 100% Sauvignon Blanc picked by hand and transferred into stainless steel tank within minutes. Fermented cool followed by a little time on the lees before bottling.
A fairly pale, cool-climate hue on inspection, as would be expected here. The fruit found on the nose certainly has appeal, showing a paradoxical intertwining of creamy white fruit along with elements of grass, largely varietal elements, but also a vibrant, chalky minerality which brings an additional and welcome facet. Plenty of texture at the start on the palate, and then in the middle plenty of fruit but with a very captivating pithy, steely, stony-minerally character. And towards the finish it really tightens up, although with a little touch of oiliness in the texture. This is really appealing; yet another wine that reinforces my belief that at this very affordable level Bordeaux does white so very well – often better than red. It even has a little length to its dry, slightly bitter and very appealing finish.
My Wine of the Week – The 2009 Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc from Château de Claribès
Good stuff. 15.5/20 (13/12/10)
Chris Kissack – The Wine Doctor
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