It may seem unlikely that any sort of Bordeaux wine is underrated or not as well known as it should be, but white Bordeaux, whether dry, elegant and complex like this or lusciously sweet and intense like Sauternes, is neglected by great swathes of wine drinkers. There are signs – just – that the dry whites are starting to pick up speed, but there's plenty of room for more, so here's a wine to convert people. It's made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc, giving the fruit the characteristic crunchy freshness and intensity, but it was fermented and aged in oak barrels for 10 months, which adds a delicious, delicate, honeyed toastiness. And while it was ageing, the lees were treated to regular bâtonnage (stirring the yeasty dregs), which makes both the taste and texture richer. The result is a racy, complex wine that you can drink on its own or pair with chicken, roast or in a creamy sauce, seafood or pasta in a creamy sauce or fish and seafood less adorned, or hard cheeses. 13.5%.
Château de Cruzeau Blanc 2015, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France