A fantastic White Bordeaux that we tasted recently, this is a delicious Semillon dominant blend from Nicolas Thienpont, who acquired the vineyards in 1988. Nicolas was part of the rebirth of the Cotes de Francs in Bordeaux, owning a few other wineries that he used to help push the region's quality. The vines here are planted on clay-limestone soils with a few areas of loam over marl covering a total area of just under 6 hectares. The vineyards are cared for traditionally with light plowing between the rows and sees yield management via green harvest and debudding. Completely hand-harvested, the fruit is vinified in 15% new 500 liter barrels and aged for seven months on the lees before bottling. Les Charmes Godard is quite a serious bottle at this price point with a beautiful complexity of ripe fruits, spice, and flower blossoms with a palate that shows the richness and ripeness of fruit but so balanced with laser-like acidity. Great energy and depth here; this is a delicious bottle and the best value for White Bordeaux that we have tasted all year, coming highly recommended for those that need an excellent ready to drink value.
Wine Advocate (Lisa-Perrotti Brown) 90-92 points! "A blend of 45% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Gris, the 2019 Blanc was harvested from the 11th to the 20th of September. The yields were 58 hectoliters per hectare this year, with about 42% of production going into the grand vin. Scents of warm peaches, honey-drizzled pears and lemon curd slip gracefully from the glass, followed by hints of nutmeg, coriander seed and jasmine. Medium-bodied, the palate lends provocative savory sparks to all the citrus and spicy layers, backed up with a racy backbone and finishing on a lingering spiced-apple note. Yum! Production is expected to be around 1,600 cases."