Winery: Château Haut Rian
Locale: Rions (Bordeaux) France
Appellation: Bordeaux SEC
Site: From the estate’s vineyards near the village of Rions. Limestone and gravel.
Grapes: 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 65% Semillon from 50 year old vines
Fermentation and Aging: Stainless steel vinification in this spanking-clean winery. 25% of the grapes get 18 hours of skin contact at low temperature. The free-run juice is then fermented at low temperatures. Settled in stainless steel vats before being bottled in February after the vintage.
Notes: The two grapes are like racehorses, with the Sauvignon charging off in the lead but with the Semillon catching up and winning the race as the wine ages in the bottle. Perhaps the most ideal pairing in the entire world with Arcachon's famous Oysters, believe me: Château Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc is to oysters as milk is to cookies. A perfect match.