- Château Olivier
- Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
- 2014 - 2024
- Case size
The Chateau Olivier Blanc is a blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle, and 20% Semillon. It has a pretty bouquet with expressive Semillon coming through despite playing a minority role in the blend, already offering attractive citrus peel and orange zest aromas. The palate is crisp and minerally on the entry with fine definition. This has real tautness and focus, full of energy and it represents one of the best whites from the estate in recent years. Tasted April 2014.
Created in the 11th 12th century, Château Olivier is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux and has been owned by the de Bethmann family since 1886. It is equally known for its red and white wines thanks to being one of only six Bordeaux estates to enjoy Grand Cru Classé status in both colours. Major work in the vineyard and the winery in recent years has confirmed Château Olivier’s position as a producer of finessed, balanced and concentrated Graves.
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.