Decanter – If Bordeaux got out of its own way, more people might see what they’re missing

18 juin 2024

In my glass this month:

From time to time, I’ll open a white wine that’s past its best: flat, thin, lifeless. It’s always disappointing. Not so with the Opalie, Bordeaux 2020 (£30-£34 Honest Grapes, Ideal Wine Co, IG Wines, Starling Wines), a dry white Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend from Barsac’s Château Coutet, I was actually too early. It wasn’t so much ‘singing’ as learning its lines and doing some vocal exercises. Subtle but concentrated, tangy but tightly wound, it was delicious – and will be more so in a year or two.

Charlie Geoghegan