The Region: Bordeaux
If vintners and merchants worked together to custom design the ideal wine region, they would produce Bordeaux. Nestled in a natural crossroads between land, river and sea in the Southwest of France, the mild climate and well-drained soil provide the perfect environment for growing the three big grapes of Bordeaux -- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
It’s actually Bordeaux’s unique location that influenced how these grapes came to be made into wine. As a major shipping port since ancient times, Bordeaux was host to the world’s very first trade expositions. And that bred a culture of clever merchants who realized that if the grapes were vinified separately and then ‘assembled’ within a few months of fermentation, they could guarantee a steady supply of wines with consistent character…even in years with challenging weather. Voilà…The complex, engaging character of Bordeaux wines was born!
The Wine: Jolie Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is French for savage or ‘wild’ white, and the grape isn’t quite like any other: in the hands of the French it is famous for intense aromas of herbs and citrus, with lime zest, stone fruit, gooseberries and new-mown hay on the nose, along with flowers, passionfruit, grapefruit and minerals on the palate.
The finish is almost electric: crisp and tingling, with amazing aromatic complexity. It’s that complexity that makes it a brilliant foil for dishes herbed with rosemary, thyme or basil. The crispness allows it to pair with tart cheeses like chèvre and rich seafood like crab or scallops.
RELEASE April 2017 | SWEETNESS Dry | BODY Medium