A white from one of the most heralded vintages

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Well balanced: The 2010 Chateau de Parenchere Blanc is a blend of 70 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 20 percent Semillon and 10 percent Muscadelle. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

Castle Parenchere has existed since 1570 and is located on the eastern fringe of Bordeaux, adjacent to the Perigord region. This appellation is recognized as Bordeaux Superior. There are many value reds and whites that coexist in this region.

The Gazinol family has a history of winemaking in North Africa, and Raphael returned from Morocco because of his love of France. He purchased this estate in 1958, replanting and expanding the property to 378 acres, with a modest 10 acres of fruit dedicated to white wine production.

While the chalky clay composite of this soil can contribute a leanness to the whites, it was the character of the 2010 vintage that made this one of the most heralded vintages for Sauvignon Blanc-based whites and Cabernet-based red wines. The harvest extended well into October allowing for full maturity and concentration of the grapes with the cool nights adding a racy edge to the whites.

The 2010 Chateau de Parenchere Blanc, a blend of 70 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 20 percent Semillon and 10 percent Muscadelle, is a departure from the rather steely grapefruit personality of whites that derive from this region. Instead, this wine shares an abundance of fresh guava, lemon peel and orange rind flavors that are immediately attractive. The white currant personality of this wine retains an elegance and is held together nicely with a caressing touch of cream, which is just enough to keep everything in balance. This wine may not be a marathon runner, but it won’t be last long once it is opened.

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W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.