Bordeaux white wines, excluding those from Sauternes, are often what I turn to when knowing I have a bunch of red wine drinkers in the crowd. Often, my red friends state that they stay away from whites as they find them too sugary, and this is an element that the dry white styles of Bordeaux avoid. So, with that I choose to pull out a bottle of Famille Excellor Sauvignon 2012 at a recent wine and cheese event I hosted.

Excellor is a collective of 400 wine-growing families in the Bordeaux region, with each producing grapes of different characteristics allowing the group to produce some dynamic and titillating wines.

On colour, the Famille Excellor Sauvignon 2012 holds a light wheat-like hue.  On the nose, scents of hibiscus, grapefruit, and persimmon can be found.   On the palate, you’ll note that this wine is crisp and light with a short finish and comes with rich acidity.  It’s light nature on the mouth makes this a great starter wine for those, not accustom to drinking white wines or even drinking wine in general. In hindsight, it would have been great to let this wine sit for another year to see how it transforms.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95

We gave this wine a score of 2.75 out of 5