If a Bordeaux Blanc does not go beyond merely aping the citrus/grapefruit notes of an NZ Sauvignon Blanc, what’s the point? It should taste like a Bordeaux. Martinon accomplishes that by using a good deal of soft, lush Semillon. I like the way the fatter, more viscous flavors of the Semillon play with the steely coolness of the Sauvignon Blanc. As with the 2010 and 2011, the 2012 Martinon is going to be one of my go to house whites, because it’s actually quite an interesting drink.
If you can’t quite make it to your favorite outdoor café in Nice this week, sipping a glass of this highly quaffable French white on the patio has got to be the next best thing. Château Pigoudet, located in the north of the “Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence” appellation, has blended the plump, floral Vermentino (87%) with the bright, steely Sauvignon Blanc (13%), to create a light, cool, sophisticated wine that's as airily refreshing as a Mediterranean breeze. Although the more familiar examples of Vermentino come from northern Italy (particularly Liguria) and the island of Sardinia, the grape variety is also found in France, where it is usually referred to as Rolle. Brilliant pale yellow in color, this offers fresh, airy flavors and aromas of peach, almond and Provençal herbs, with notes of white grape jam and spring flowers hovering in the background. Great by itself, or with light seafood, poultry, or mild cheeses.