2014 Chateau du Retout Le Retout Blanc

Year: 2014
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Alluring, with lemon curd, citrus oil, white peach and candied grapefruit peel notes streaking along together, backed by a twinge of tonic that beautifully offsets the rich feel. Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche. Drink now through 2017. 650 cases made. –JM " (WS)

A very atypical white from the Medoc, this is a blend of Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Gris, Savagnin and Mondeuse Blanche. James Molesworth recently referred to it as "one of the most interesting wines I'd ever tasted," and the 2014 delivers on that promise and more, with superb structure and balance. Because of the unusual blend, it is technically a Vin de France but drinks like a top level Bordeaux Blanc. Only 650 cases produced.

Winery Notes:
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….