Blends of savignon blanc and sémillon make me think of France’s Bordeaux, where they are the primary grape varieties used to make white wines. However, other regions do produce white blends using this combination of grapes. Western Australia, for example, is home to delicious white Bordeaux-style blends, but they can be hard to find in some U.S. markets. So I was thrilled to come across one in St. Louis. It’s compared below with a white from the Bordeaux appellation of Entre-Deux-Mers.
Miles From Nowhere 2017 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, Margaret River, Western Australia
Bought • Total Wine & More, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in January for $12.99
Description • This delightful white comes from the Margaret River region, considered to be home to some of Australia’s best sauvignon blanc. A blend of 70 percent sauvignon blanc and 30 percent sémillon, this is an easy-to-drink white with lots of finesse. Crisp and delicate, it tastes of melon and other tropical fruits, lively citrus, along with subtle herbaceous and grassy notes. It’s a fine aperitif wine or a pair with light fare such as seafood and salads.
Château Tour de Bonnet 2016 Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux
Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in January for $14.99
Description • A blend of 50 percent sauvignon blanc, 40 percent sémillon and 10 percent muscadelle, this snappy white received 91 points from critic James Suckling. It comes from the well-known Bordeaux winery Les Vignobles André Lurton. This is a very zesty white that’s bigger in body and more complex than the Miles from Nowhere. Fresh, grassy and herbaceous, it tastes of grapefruit and lemon. It would go well with fish and seafood.