Post #151: Tasting White Bordeaux From Entre Deux Mers

25 05 2011

I do a lot of wine tasting for the site, and I’m taking notes for upcoming posts almost every day. That being the case, I taste a lot more wines than I have a chance to review, and many times it can be a month or more between when I taste a wine and when I finally feature it on the site.

What’s Worth Drinking Now is my solution to this time lapse. Using this hashtag I will be posting my favorite new discoveries to Facebook and Twitter as I find them. Some of these will be featured in future posts, while others may just appear there, so friend me up on Facebook or follow me on Twitter to keep up with the most recent What’s Worth Drinking developments.

One of today’s wines was featured on What’s Worth Drinking Now a little over a week ago, and I liked it so much that I decided to cover it, and the region in more depth with a full length post.

Entre Deux Mers is one of my go-to wine appellations, and a region where you can typically get the wines for an absolute steal. Located between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Entre Deux Mers, whose name translates to “between two seas”, is a white wine only appellation. The wines are blends of Sauvignon Blanc (Crisp and acidic), Semillon (round and viscous), and/or Muscadelle (floral and perfumed), and the cool, maritime influenced hillsides of the region create a perfect environment for producing crisp, high acid wines.

The quality of these wines is reason enough to love them, but the fact that they typically sell at bargain prices makes them even more approachable. Both of the wines we are talking about today cost only $10, and both of them bring serious value for the price.

Wine #1: Chateau Guibon 2008 Entre Deux Mers

Our first wine is dominated by Semillon, with it making up 60% of the blend, while the remainder is composed of 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadelle. The vines sourcing the fruit are fairly young, at 15 years of age and sit on primarily limestone soils. The wine was fermented and aged (for 4 months) in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit.

Crisp minerals, freshly cut limes, and sliced green pear appear on the nose. Faintly creamy tones marry with white flowers at the core, while a spin in the glass shows tasty aromas of lemon tarts.

Smooth, ripe, and delicate, this is a prickly wine with a persistent acidity on the sides of the palate. A pleasant base of limestone supports notes of soft grasses, and just barely ripe white pear and nectarine. The finish shows a lovely balance between sea stone and apple blossoms and is carried on almost endlessly by the crisp acidity. A very solid, fresh, and enjoyable Bordeaux blanc.

Worth Trying. 89 points.

Wine #2: Chateau Tour De Bonnet 2009 Entre Deux Mers

Where our first wine was primarily Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc makes up half of this wine’s blend. Semillon makes up 40% and Muscadelle, again, comes in at 10%. These vines are a little older, at 19 years of age, and are also planted on limestone soils. The fermentation and aging of this wine were also identical to the first one.

Very green on the nose, this wine is dominated by cut grass, fresh basil chiffonade, and aloe leaves. Key lime peel, faint gooseberry, and green pear skin combine with something almost reminiscent of house plants. Very enticing.

Well balanced, ripe, and creamy from the very start, this wine is smooth throughout with tingly acidity on the edge and back of the palate. Not fully ripe white nectarine, gooseberry, key lime, and a combination of lemon leaves and beach stone make this a pretty intriguing effort. Combining a solid viscosity with a great freshness, this is an extremely solid wine for the price.

Worth Buying. 90 points.

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