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.
This is another new chateau for us. Dark color, medium to full-bodied, with sweet, but firm, tannins. Hints of mocha, nice ripeness. Long finish.
Château Pavie has diverse terroirs. Terroir typical of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau composed of clay-limestone soil on an asteriated limestone subsoil. Located at an altitude of approximately 85 metres above the Dordogne River - Terroir called ?milieu de côte? (middle of the slope) located approximately 55 metres above the Dordogne and composed of very fine brown limestone.