Bordeaux's white grapes in 2011 were something else ' Chai winemaker JMS felt the intense fruit could easily manage a long stay in oak, hence the two plus years. A wonderful balance of crisp, grassy flavour and subtle vanilla spice from the barrel.
Our Trophy winning Sauvignon winemaker at Le Chai, Jean-Marc Sauboua, is delighted with his Réserve Sauvignon. 2011 was a top vintage for Bordeaux whites, but even then he insisted on the very highest calibre grapes ' Sauvignon with a dot of old vine Sémillon, fermenting the former in stainless steel to preserve the vivacious grassy fruit, and the latter all in oak. He'd planned just a four month stay in barrel for this luxurious white, but in the end plumped for over two years, it was that good. Its flavours are beautifully married now ' fresh herbaceous and citrus notes seamlessly integrated with the creamy vanilla from the barrels. Certainly the wine to gently chill down and serve with sauced fish or white meats when you're entertaining.