In French, alliance is the word for both a wedding ring and a union or pact. The estate is aptly named, considering that Daniel Alibrand, an Atlantic coast fisherman from Tours, and Valérie Alibrand, a native Bordelaise, dreamed of one day getting married and producing world-class Sauternes and dry, whittled whites. Valérie inherited old vines from Fargues, a quiet village halfway between Sauternes and Langon, and fourteen vintages later, they’ve upheld their alliance in all senses of the word. Producing organically farmed, chiseled wines that far exceed what seems possible for white Bordeaux, this couple inspires us year after year. Made from hand-picked and vigilantly sorted Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the deceptively saline Définition co-ferments in neutral, open-top fûts and, once racked, is left untouched in a cool cellar so as not to disturb the peaceful lees in blissful slumber. Created with love, the resulting wine tastes crystal-clean and is the perfect définition of Valérie and Daniel’s commitment to terroir-driven wines and the pact they made years ago.
If you’re searching for young, drinkable Bordeaux, the tiny appellation of Pomerol on the southern right bank of the Gironde River deserves a closer look. Raised in amphorae and air-tight, stainless-steel vats that capture the natural freshness and vigor of Gombaude’s signature organic and biodynamic grapes, this unfiltered blend of concentrated old-vine Merlot, Malbec, and peppery Cabernet Franc will generously stain your teeth, your glass, and your linens—save your grandmother’s pressed white tablecloth for a different occasion. A youthful perspective marks this dress-code-not-required Bordeaux, whose velvety tannins and supple structure fit more like soft flannel and worn jeans than a stiff suit jacket and tie. But don’t be fooled. This Pomerol will ceremoniously drum on for several days once opened and just as easily accompany a thick rib-eye with spring potatoes as it will a roast chicken with mustardy greens. Plan to get at least two rockin’ good meals out of it, or, if you’re a gourmand, grab a second bottle.
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