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This great value white stood out amongst its peers at the UGC tasting for its zesty, citrus aromas. Lemon pith and grapefruit flavours combine with the light spice of oak on the palate, and the wine has an excellent drive and lively, balanced finish.
The 2017 Olivier Blanc has a focused, energetic bouquet with citrus peel, Granny Smith, gooseberry and light saline aromas. The palate is very well balanced with a crisp, malic entry. This jolts the sense into action with sharp acidity although it avoids being shrill. There is something almost Muscadet-like towards the marine-tinged finish that does not quite deliver the complexity of the Carbonnieux Blanc tasted alongside. 2021 - 2040
This young white shows a wonderful finish. Ripe apples, lemons and some tropical fruit. Full-bodied, dense and layered. A line of vivid acidity runs through the center palate. Very nicely crated.
The 2017 Olivier Blanc is terrific. Green orchard fruit, mint, sage and tomato leaf are all given an extra kick of energy from the freshness of the vintage. The 2017 finishes with striking tension and salinity that merely add to its considerable appeal. What a gorgeous wine this is. The blend is 89% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon and 1% Muscadelle.
Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.