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It is an exceptional and generous vintage. The Château de Bord Blanc 2018 floats on the palette before filling it with flavor. It is a wine whose grapes were harvested in the very early hours of the morning when they were thoroughly ripe. The delicious wine was brought out by the family-owned house of Château de Bord AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun. Made solely with the ancient Viognier grape variety, a grape known for producing earthy whites, the wine is fragrant and fresh but offering up a rich aroma at the same time.The wine has a dashing deep golden yellow color, is fragrant with notes of white peach and acacia honey, candied lemon and fresh hazel nuts. It is entirely full bodied, rich, filled with flavor. The Gourmet Gazette enjoyed it with prawns flambéed in Calvados preceded by gravlax salmon.

The Château de Bord Blanc 2018. Photo ©Courtesy Château de Bord Laudan. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The vineyard of Château de Bord Laudan, which is located on the right bank of the Rhône River, dates from Roman times and was owned by the Bishops of Uzès in the 11th century before passing into the estates of the Count of Toulouse before being abandoned during the French Revolution. A succession of owners cultivated it before it was acquired by the Brotte family in 1991. Vestiges of a fine medieval castle overlook the 22 hectare (54 cares) vineyard. Laudan dominates the Rhône in the same place that Jules Cesar established a camp to control the valley. The region is known for its wonderful white wines, already considered to be among the finest in the kingdom during the reign of Henry IV (1589-1610). The House of Brotte was founded in 1931 by Charles Brotte and was one of the first in the region to bottle on their estates and to offer a large selection of Rhône Valley wines.
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