2020 Blanc 'Les Pierrières' Blaye
|Sub-district||Blaye & Bourg|
The canny M. Filliatreau ferments this in the new barrels he buys each year for his red wine. It only stays in them for around six weeks, the time between the white harvest and when the red is ready to go into barrel, but it's enough to make this wine so much more sophisticated and a star buy at this very reasonable price - in tastings it has embarrassed some much bigger names in white Bordeaux. Herby and bright, it has quite a complex fruit and a fresh finish - it even gains from a little time in bottle. L&S (Apr 2021)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Château Beaumont Les Pierrières
In 2006 M. Filliatreau, the owner of Château Beaumont Les Pierrières was desperate to get a slightly better price for this wine from the old vine Semillon-Sauvignon produced from a 2 ha plot attached to a property that mainly makes red. He hit on the idea of barrel-fermenting it in the new barrels destined for the red wine. Since it is picked early (in August) it completed its fermentation in wood and was back in tank by the time of the 'décuvage' of the red. Because the barrels were needed for the red, their cost has not been factored in to the price of this fantastic bright and surprisingly complex white, which is amazing value for a barrel-fermented wine.
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