91-92pts, James Suckling
Dense and layered with dried-apple, stone and mineral character. Medium body and a crisp finish.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Pessac-Léognan, Graves
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Ooo-weeee, this wine got us all in a tizzy with excitement. Cartwheels, skips, happy dances, you name it. Holy smokes. Bordeaux Blanc from the supreme magical wine-growing land known as Pessac-Léognan, only $20 (over 50% off!!)?! This. You need this. This is a MUST now, later, a year from now, you need this in copious quantities, no arguments! We as your humble wine purveyor have some inkling of what is best for you, and this lovely little wine is what is best for you!

Château Baret is one of those hidden gems that only the stealthiest of Bordeaux Blanc fanatics have discovered. While it has been in the Ballande family for over two centuries, they’ve been cranking out stellar wines with the help of Denis Dubourdieu, a consultant and well-known professor of the University of Bordeaux. Though Dubourdieu unfortunately passed away in 2016, his keen abilities live on through the talents of one of his team members, Christophe Ollivier.

Minerality, zestiness, and all sorts of refreshment and layers are what is happening in the glass. Gooseberries, papayas, elderflowers, lemon curd and a bit of lemon zest. A touch of grass, wet stones and perhaps even a dash of pineapple. It exudes refreshment and the utter loveliness of Bordeaux Blanc. Bright yet rounded by the addition of Sémillon, there’s vibrant acidity with tons of flavor that leads to a layered, savory finish.

$120 a 6-pack delivered! You gotta have this, seriously. We know you have lots of wines to choose from, but this Bordeaux Blanc is certainly a can’t miss.

TASTING NOTES 

Notes of gooseberries, papayas, elderflowers, lemon curd and lemon zest with hints of grass, wet stones and pineapple. Refreshingly bright yet rounded by the addition of Sémillon, there’s vibrant acidity with tons of flavor that leads to a layered, savory finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Château Baret is an up-and-coming wine property in the Graves sub-appellation, owned by the Borie-Manoux negociant company. Borie-Manoux itself is one of Bordeaux's oldest merchant houses and belongs to the Castéjà family, who are also proprietors of the celebrated Pauillax Classified growth Chateau Haut-Batailley.

Formerly the property of the Lords of Baret, the Ballande family, Bordeaux traders and ship-owners, acquire the property in 1867. Following fire damage in the early twentieth century, the Château’s extension building work is carried out. During the last twenty years, the vineyard, the vat room and the cellars have been fully rehabilitated and refurbished.

The coolest clay-limestone and clay-gravel soils, are reserved for whites, which they are best known for.