Bordeaux Blanc’s Alluring Treasures

Retail Team | May 10, 2024

Over fifty years ago, red and white wines were produced in near equal amounts in Bordeaux, with the Graves region in particular anointed as a premier destination for profound, age-worthy whites.

Today, white wine represents a fraction of overall production in Bordeaux, around 10%. Yet to overlook this treasure trove of delicious dry wines – many produced by the region’s most prestigious châteaux – would be to risk missing out on one of the world’s most alluring white wine styles.

The stylistic verve of much modern Bordeaux Blanc owes a debt to the innovations of the late professor and winemaker Denis Dubourdieu, known as the pope of white wine. His success in convincing winemakers to adopt Burgundian techniques like barrel-aging with new oak, longer maturations, and stirring on the lees helped achieve unprecedented complexity and age-worthiness in Bordeaux whites. Today, cuvées from the top estates can cellar beautifully for upwards of 30 years.

Sotheby’s Wine is pleased to present some of the rarest and most acclaimed Bordeaux Blanc releases, including brilliant cuvées from Château d’Yquem, Château Lynch-Bages, and Château Cheval Blanc.