Bordeaux White, Chateau du Retout, Le Retout Blanc 2015

Product Number: 11-70170

Availability: Sufficient



APPELLATION / REGION France, Bordeaux (Vin de France)
Grape Sauvignon Gris, Gros Manseng, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche
Color White
Sweetness Dry
Body Medium-Bodied
Tasting Note Wine Spectator (WS) 89/100 - Vintage 2015
Enticing, with a core of lemon curd and mirabelle plum notes backed by a flash of fleur de sel, all framed by a caressing wet straw accent. Has nice weight and drive. Sauvignon Gris, Gros Manseng, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche.

Wine Spectator (WS) 91/100 - Vintage 2014
Alluring, with lemon curd, citrus oil, white peach and candied grapefruit peel notes streaking along together, backed by a twinge of quinine that beautifully offsets the rich feel. Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche.

Wine Spectator (WS) 90/100 - Vintage 2013
Bright tarragon and chamomile notes give this a piercing feel up front, while citrus oil, lemon zest and straw notes complete the racy feel. Shows good weight, and should broaden out with modest cellaring. Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche.
Wine Spectator (WS) 89/100 - Vintage 2012
Offers bright chamomile and white peach notes, with a bracing quinine edge through the finish. Pure and high-pitched, presenting a hint of saline in the end.

Wine Spectator (WS) 90/100 - Vintage 2011
Bright and high-pitched, with a hint of talc giving way to Meyer lemon, chamomile, verbena and white peach notes. Very brisk and stony through the finish, showing excellent length. Displays an atypically taut persona, but features lovely, crystalline purity.

Wine Spectator (WS) 89/100 - Vintage 2010
This is thoroughly unique, with aromas of quince and tangerine that hint at an off-dry wine, but are quickly followed by tangy quinine and verbena notes. Then the finish flirts with a waxy edge, but keeps good cut and tension thanks to lively green fig and pear eau de vie notes. Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Mondeuse Blanche and Savagnin.
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 - Vintage 2015 - When to drink: 2018 to 2022
A blend of Sauvignon Gris, Gros Manseng, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche. Musky aromas - very un-Bordeaux! But with excellent acidity and substance in the mouth. Is this the Savagnin? Or the Gros Manseng? Or both? Really quite exciting. Jancis Robinson Tasted: 31-Mar-2016
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 - Vintage 2014 - When to drink: 2017 to 2020
Very unusual nose with richness and tension – and something somehow alpine (mountain flowers?). Exciting and very tense. Bone dry and chock full of flavour. Jancis Robinson Tasted: 29-Mar-2015
Jancis Robinson 16/20 - Vintage 2012 - When to drink: 2017 to 2020
Quite deep gold. Not much nose but good acidity. Very teenage - between two stages, I hope! (Having liked it a lot en primeur.) Fresh enough but it needs to build flavour. Jancis Robinson Tasted: 15-Feb-2016
Jancis Robinson 16/20 - Vintage 2011 - When to drink: 2012 to 2015
Really very vibrant and interesting nose. This is Vin de France rather than Bordeaux Blanc because it's a blend of such non-Bordelais varieties as Manseng, Mondeuse and Savagnin. It has real attention-grabbing intensity. Some exotic flowers; lots of acidity. Clean and precise on the palate. Distinctive. It would be a wicked act to give it to someone blind. Jancis Robinson
Size 1x75cl
Description 屬於法國最低等級的一支法國葡萄酒 (Vin de France), 為何也可得到全球知名的葡萄酒評論家每年為他讚寫酒評.

Sauvignon Gris, Gros Manseng, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche
Remarks Introduction of Chateau du Retout, Le Retout Blanc
We have intended to make white wine for several years. Our primary motivation was the challenge of fermenting white wine grapes, so different from handling red wine varieties. We were also interested in meeting demand from our customers. In addition, we wanted to be able to offer a more diversified range of wines and rise to the challenge of producing a fine white wine with new aromas and flavours in the heart of the Médoc, almost exclusively known for its red wines. We decided to grow the vines in our only plot located in the commune of Lamarque, in a place named Le Retou. Originally planted with Merlot in 1970, we grafted unusual white wine varieties (some from far-away regions) on this 1.8 hectare plot in 2009. Sauvignon Gris, which we are alone in growing in the region, is also quite rare elsewhere in Bordeaux. The Gros Manseng, a variety from the Gers department and the Pyrénées, is most known for producing dry and sweet Jurançon. The Savagnin is responsible for vins jaunes in the Jura. However, this variety can also be aged without the influence of oxidation to produce excellent, fresh, white wines. The fourth variety, Mondeuse Blanche, is the most rare, and there are only 4 hectares of this variety in Savoie. We now know that Mondeuse Blanche is the ancestor of the famous Syrah grape.

The blend of these four unusual grape varieties will undoubtedly produce a wine unlike any other in the world. We hope to have a first small harvest in 2010….



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