Smooth, Dry, Refreshing: New White Bordeaux. $18

Bordeaux is a region best known for wines that are expensive, ageworthy, and red. So in the spirit of keeping readers on their toes, we’re introducing a new Bordeaux today that is the complete opposite: inexpensive, drink-now, and white.

We’ve bought our Sauternes from the Chateau Voigny for years now — it’s an excellent source for the classic dessert wine. But this spring we got to try their simple dry white, and found it refreshing and easy to like.

For heat like we’re having these days, our wine criteria are dry, fresh, and inexpensive. The new Bordeaux Blanc sec fits the bill perfectly.



Most dry white Bordeaux is predominantly Sauvignon with a dose of Semillon. This wine is the reverse, and we found the taste was as good as the price. (We’re not the only ones: the wine won a gold at the Concours de Bordeaux).

The nose shows grapeskins, minerals, melon, and herbs. In the mouth there’s lemon/citrus and a brisk, clean, very dry mouthfeel. It will be a good match for anything that goes with white Bordeaux, and at a by-the-glass price of under $4, you won’t need to think to hard before opening it.

Chill it down and serve it with cheese and crackers after a long summer day like this one.


Voigny Bordeaux Blanc sec 2016

bottle price : $18


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