Don’t worry if French isn’t your strong suit. We’ll translate. Deconstructed,
the label is much less intimidating. “Cuvée” is just another word for a specific
blend or batch of wine put to some purpose. “Entre-Deux-Mers” is simply the area where the grapes were grown. It means “between two seas”. (It’s not really between two seas, it’s actually between the two main rivers in Bordeaux.) “Elevé en fût de chêne” is a very long way of saying “oaked”.
When we lined up comparable selections in our tasting room, this white delight
pushed all the other $25 and under wines off the table and even held up against
higher priced estate grown wines from specialty properties. Without the pretty label saying it’s from a Pessac-Leognan or Graves estates, this is as good as it gets, at a fraction of the price!
A superb premium white Bordeaux made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle. A complex nose intermingles grapefruit, white peach and toast. Full-bodied and lively on the palate with a background of pleasant woody and floral aromas. Vinified for 6 months in oak barrels (with two thirds being replaced each year).
88 Points, Silver, Highly Recommended, Best Buy, 2010 World Wine Championships:
"Pale golden silver color. Bold fruity aromas of honeyed banana nut bread, dill hollandaise, and tropical fruit salad with a silky, dryish medium body and a buttery roasted whole nut, baked green apple and citrus finish. A very nice aperitif; serve with oysters Rockefeller." (12/02/2010)