BORDEAUX BLANC (bore-doh BLAHNK)
Think baked orchard fruit pie with apples and pears. Now add caramelised grapefruit, some figs and a cup of chamomile tea.
Bordeaux Blanc, or White Bordeaux, is the name given to a wine blend out of the Bordeaux region, made from Semillon with Sauvignon Blanc and perhaps Muscadelle. It is produced as a dry, full-bodied white wine or dry light-bodied white wine. As a full bodied dry, it is a more highly sought after and therefore more difficult wine to acquire. It contains within it a more rich and oily texture with more baked flavours of apple and pear. The grapefruit in this variation tends to have a caramelize feature with additions of ginger, figs and chamomile.
OAKED CHARDONNAY (shar-doh-nay)
From European butter in your glass to a California/Australian tropical fruit sensation
Oaked Chardonnays show the characteristics of a rich and full body. Chardonnay that hails from cooler regions in Europe move towards a more elegant and refined character of grilled nuts and a mineral notes like seashells, wet stone and metal (apparently!). From California and Australia, they usually have higher alcohol content, fuller body and bigger fruit flavours. These tend towards two varieties, based on ripeness of the Chardonnay. In the case of a very ripe chardonnay, the wine will take on characteristics of fruity tropical twists, hitting notes of banana, pineapple, guava, mango and figs.
It is the oaking fermentation that displays Chardonnay's greater aroma and flavour capabilities. There are different forms of oaking a Chardonnay which vary from French oak barrels, to generic barrels, to oak chips and even essential oak oils poured in the wine. The first style produces the highest quality Chardonnay while the last process produces the poorest quality oaked Chardonnay. These aromatic capabilities may include vanilla, butter and coconut. Chardonnay has the capability of very rich textures of Oiliness, creaminess and smoothness through Malolactic fermentation.
Montrachet is worth a special mention, as it is considered by many wine buffs as the finest dry white wine in the world. It is certainly the most expensive: prices can range from £50 to £5,000 per 750ml bottle. The price depends on the reputation of the producer (in Burgundy, vineyards are divided among multiple growers and there can be substantial variation in quality) and the vintage. The hill has less than 20 acres of vines divided between five vineyards.