Our Wine of the Week: Chateau Haut-Rian Bordeaux Blanc 2019

In the world of wine, few words hold such mystique and reverence as Bordeaux. Classy, elegant, and refined are some of the terms we think of when imagining Bordeaux. Known for its bold, often pricy red blends based on Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, Bordeaux is one of the most recognized names in wine. 

Yet not everything in Bordeaux is pricy, nor is everything red. Our wine of the week is a light, crisp, tasty white blend: Chateau Haut-Rian Bordeaux Blanc 2019. This wine is a blend of 60% Sémillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc, and is juicy and refreshing. It’s also affordably priced at just $10.99 at wine.com.

Chateau Haut-Rian is a family-owned winery with 85 hectares of vineyards, located along the Garonne River. Their white grapes are grown in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, about 12 miles inland from the river. The clay-limestone soil in the area is ideal for growing Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Haut-Rian is committed to sustainable farming practices, and has earned the distinction of being Terra Vitis, Haute Valeur Environnementale, and Bee Friendly Certified.

So how’s the wine? We opened this to enjoy with a light meal of baked Sea Bass and green salad. We were duly impressed and look forward to trying some of Chateau Haut-Rian’s other wines.

Medium golden color. Aromas of citrus, pear, and apple. On the palate, flavors of lemon lime, grapefruit, pear, green apple, and minerals. Light body with bracing acidity that dances on the tongue. Zesty finish. Paired with sea bass, a perfect match.

What was your wine of the week?

  • By Kent Reynolds and Robyn Raphael-Reynolds
  • Photo cred:  Robyn Raphael-Reynolds

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4 thoughts on “Our Wine of the Week: Chateau Haut-Rian Bordeaux Blanc 2019

  1. Bill Tobey May 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Ah, a story to tell.

    Yes, this will be sexist!

    I poured wine for Carvalho Winery in the Old Sugar Mill. We had just released “Boat Shed Red” a very nice blend. So I was promoting it to our guests.

    Two young ladies were tasting and I mentioned that we had just released a red blend. I asked them if they had ever tasted a Bordeaux wine? They had no idea what I was speaking about.

    So, one of the young ladies said to me and I quote, “So you had some rotgut excess wine in the backroom and blended it .”

    I want you both to know she is still alive!!!

    Thanks for listening!

    *Bill Tobey – Wine BrokerFeaturing Extraordinary Small Family Wineries916-729-3570*

    On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 6:40 PM Appetite for Wine wrote:

    > Appetite for Wine posted: ” In the world of wine, few words hold such > mystique and reverence as Bordeaux. Classy, elegant, and refined are some > of the terms we think of when imagining Bordeaux. Known for its bold, often > pricy red blends based on Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, Bordea” >

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  2. topochinesvino May 10, 2021 at 8:13 am Reply

    Thanks foe the reminder that we don’t drink enough white Bordeaux.

    Liked by 1 person

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