Six parcels of vines contribute to this spectacular blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and the rare Sauvignon Gris (long abandoned in most of Bordeaux because of its tiny yield). Here the Sauvignon Gris marks this incredible white Bordeaux with a saturated, yellow-gold color, and exotic tropical fruit aromatics. The barrels add texture and discreet seasoning (fresh butter and shredded coconut), but nothing that distracts from the pineapple, white peach, lemon verbena, and roasted apples in the nose.
On the palate, the wine is sleek and full-bodied, with interwoven flavors of mandarin orange, fresh lime, salty lemon oil, and roasted yellow tree fruit, all seamlessly integrated with palpable gravelly mineral extract.
About this wine producer: In 1973, Maurice Robert and his wife, Simone, purchased Château Turcaud in the Entre-Deux-Mers, an area of Bordeaux between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. At the time, the vineyards were only 7 hectares (17 acres), but after much success, the size of the estate has increased to include 50 hectares (123 acres) of grapes. Within ten years of purchasing the estate, Château Turcaud was on the wine lists of the most prestigious restaurants in France, including Gerard Vié’s “Les Trois Marches” in Versailles, and Jean-Claude Vrinat’s “Taillevent” in Paris. Since 2009, Château Turcaud has been in the hands of Maurice and Simone’s daughter, Isabelle, and her husband, Stéphane Le May. They have carried on the traditions of careful vineyard management and selecting the best winemaking techniques for the production of high quality red and white wines from Château Turcaud.