Tuesday, 4 November 2008

New Wines for Christmas – Fleur de Luze

Little did I realise that the trip to Bordeaux Nick and I made last summer would lead us to find Fleur de Luze – a lovely, lively, fresh and fruity white wine. The wine is made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from grapes grown on clay and limestone soils. Fleur de Luze is a clear, crystalline pale gold colour with a very clean citrus, lychee, and mango bouquet. It has a long, fruity after taste which follows through with a slight hint of ripe grapefruit and a refreshingly slight touch of fizz.

Fleur de Luze is made by The Grands Vins de Gironde Group which co-incidentally owns Château Senailhac where Sue and I stayed. The GVG was formed in 1991 by the merger of several Bordeaux wine merchants and is made up of 8 firms and subsidiaries derived from original wine merchants, and each has its own special features. Maison de Luze is one of these and was founded in 1820 by Baron Alfred de Luze, Grand Duke of Hessen. At the time, the port of Bordeaux was expanding rapidly and the wine trade brought great wealth to the city. A large number of merchants established themselves at the heart of the business activity on the Quai des Chartrons, on the north side of Bordeaux, facing the Garonne, and Alfred de Luze was one of these. He soon became a big name in the trade, one of the pioneers without whom Bordeaux wines would not have acquired such a reputation.

Fleur de Luze can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a seafood platter, Mediterranean prawns or grilled fish such as shad grilled on a barbecue or scampi. It's best served well-chilled at around 9°-10 °C. Why not visit the Recipes at Bordeaux-Undiscovered to discover some great food and wine pairing ideas for this wine?

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