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Château du Clos Sainte-Anne Blanc 2014
Bordeaux AOC, France

Libeled Lady (1936)
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Like this white Bordeaux blend, everything is just right with MGM’s classic comedy Libeled Lady. Pour a glass and enjoy four of the greatest stars of the 1930s – Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, William Powell and Myrna Loy – for a hilarious film of love and libel that has likewise garnered acclaim (including a Best Picture nomination). Match a top vintage with a top film from Hollywood’s golden age.

THE WINE

Our man on the ground, Jean-Marc Sauboua, introduced us to the Courselle family a few years ago with a red release Robert Parker called “a great little Bordeaux.” They also make serious white wines, as you’re about to discover. It’s a classic, 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, partially aged in barrel to impart a lovely, rounded mouthfeel. The estate’s vineyards, located southeast of the city of Bordeaux, are gravelly, south-facing slopes sitting atop a subterranean bed of fine clay – the perfect base for growing premium white grapes.

THE VINTAGE

If Goldilocks were a Bordeaux fan, 2014 would be her year: “Everything is just right with Bordeaux’s 2014 vintage,” says Wine Spectator, who also noted that 2014 is “a rare trifecta for France’s largest and most important wine region as reds, dry whites and sweet wines all performed well.” And our winemaker friends agree – they’re telling us that 2014 is the best vintage since 2010, which makes now the time to explore what Bordeaux has to offer …

THE ESTATE

estateThe Courselle family have been a top name in Bordeaux winemaking for over 100 years. In 1950, André Courselle acquired Château Thieuley – 30 years later, his son Francis added Châteaux du Clos Sainte-Anne and Saint-Genès to the family’s stable of estates. Today, Francis’ daughters Marie and Sylvie (here, with Jean-Marc) are continuing their family legacy with top-class wines like this complex white.

WITH FOOD

White Bordeaux is a lovely partner for seafood. So if you’re planning to splurge on lobster or oysters, this is the wine you’ll want to have chilled and ready to go. (To play up this wine’s richer texture, you could go for a creamy lobster pot pie.) If you’re vegetarian, try a farro- or lentil-based salad topped with grilled eggplant, scallions, cherry tomatoes, basil and arugula.

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