Les Champs Libres Bordeaux Blanc 2018
The Les Champs Libres 2018 Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre sélection massale clones, produced by the very talented Guinaudeau family (of Chateau Lafleur fame). It offers up a beguiling nose of lemon drops, lime blossoms, struck flint and fresh grapefruit with hints of mandarin peel and coriander seed. The elegant, refreshing, medium-bodied palate has an electric line of intense citrus flavors with tons of mineral sparks, finishing long and perfumed. This is absolutely a wine without peer in Bordeaux (anywhere!), and I love it!
The 2018 Guinaudeau Vignerons Les Champs Libres Blanc is 100% Sauvignon from clay and limestone soils. It was vinified in new barrels and spent 5 months on lees. A beautiful, tight, concentrated white, it offers lots of tart lemon, white grapefruit, honeyed lime, and sappy flower-like nuances as well as a brilliant chalky mineral component that emerges with time in the glass. Despite the new barrels, it doesn't show a hint of oak and is medium-bodied, with bright acidity and a great finish. It's going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and will keep for 10-15 years, if you're so inclined.
The 2018 Les Champs Libres is a powerful, phenolic white of real substance. White flowers, citrus, chamomile, sage and light tropical notes all open in the glass, but it is the tactile feel of Les Champs Libres that leaves the deepest impression. Here, too, there is a touch of reduction, but all the elements are so finely put together.