Chateau Magneau Graves Blanc

Wine of the Week – 2010 Chateau Magneau Graves Blanc

It’s definitely starting to feel like summer out there, and I predict it’s going to be a hot one………..I hope I’m wrong, but if it is, this is the perfect wine to serve nice and cold on a hot day.

Chateau Magneau has been owned and operated by the Ardurat family since the reign of Henry IV.  Today, Henri and Brigitte Ardurat run the estate with their two sons.  Their vineyards are located in Graves, in southern Bordeaux, so named because of the deep gravelly soils of the region.  All of the vineyard and cellar work is done by hand – no chemical pesticides are used in the vineyard and all fruit is hand harvested and sorted prior to fermentation.

The wine is a blend of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle, and the average age of vines is around 30 years.  It is a completely harmonious wine in the sense thatthe Semillon contributes ripe stone fruit flavors and rich texture while the Sauvignon Blanc adds tangy, zippy citrus and melon notes……….oh yeah, the Muscadelle (no relation to Muscadine or Muscat) adds a beautiful floral component to the wine.

All in all, it is a wine that drinks well above it’s price point with or without food.  If you like to cook, try this one with flaky white fish, roasted vegetables or a good friend or loved one on your back porch.  You will thank me!

$15.99/botttle 

$14.39/bottle in a mixed 6 pack 

$13.59/bottle in a mixed case

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