Charmes Godard Blanc Cotes de Francs 2016

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  • Robert Parker Rating: 91
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The Les Charmes-Godard 2016 Blanc is a blend of 50% Sémillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc matured 15% new oak. It has a light and slightly waxy bouquet with apple blossom and honeysuckle scents developing, though I would have liked more vigor here. The palate is well balanced with a fresh pear and white peach entry, a fine bead of acidity and a lovely saline tang on the finish. Though not a great vintage for dry white Bordeaux, Nicolas Thienpont and his team have definitely made one of the better examples here.

In the 1980’s, Nicola Thienpont took over the helm of Château Puygueraud, a property that was acquired by his parents in 1946, located on the small Bordeaux appellation of Côtes-de-Francs. In less than a decade he received market recognition and participated in bringing the spotlight on this otherwise unknown appellation.

The vineyard, acquired by him in 1988, produces a dry wine made like a great Bordeaux white, which has helped to boost the appellation’s revival. The predominance of Semillon and the winemaking techniques used (fermentation in 500L barrels, maturation on the lees for six months) give the wine intensity and liveliness.

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SKU 23973
Type of Wine White
Region Bordeaux
Rating 91
Rating Source Robert Parker
Vintage 2016
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