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Château Tour de Mirambeau Cuvée Passion Blanc 2015

This top Cuvee wine forms from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon brings acidity, fruit and round palate weight. The vintage 2015 is ripe with structure — a bright and lively white with sliced-apple and -lemon character. Medium-bodied, this wine gives fresh acidity and a clean and focused finish. Added to this, the classic barrel ageing, and the wine gains texture and longevity. All of these elements present a great counterbalance to pungent foods and can stand up to heartier dishes. Tour de Mirambeau is in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and is a long-established Château run by the Despagne family. " Tour" means tower on the estate, formerly a mill and the first home of the family. Cuvee Passion is the top Cuvee. The name means the top wine of the estate and is composed of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, harvested from the best sites in the vineyards. It is aged in larger 600L barrels to allow the wine to benefit from some oak exposure while keeping its influence in check. So the oak Influence is discreet and rounds the acidity.

Impressive scores for a humble wine, such as

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2015 Château Tour de Mirambeau Cuvée Passion Blanc has a lifted gooseberry and nettle-scented bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate is fresh and crisp with a keen thread of acidity, satisfying weight in the mouth and it fans out with confidence on the gooseberry and fresh pear-driven finish. This comes recommended - a delight. (NM)

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