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Cuvée Eva Blanc 2016
Bordeaux AOC, France

The Scarlet Empress (1934)
THURSDAY, MAY 10 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

Few filmmakers in the early 1930s could craft such a vibrant and well-structured movie as this, but Joseph von Sternberg was up to the task. Pair this intensely flavorful Bordeaux blend with inimitable star Marlene Dietrich (as Russia’s Catherine the Great) and the film’s intoxicating cinematography. The Scarlet Empress remains a landmark of film style.

THE WINE

Bordeaux’s gorgeous red wines may have stolen the international spotlight, but the region’s stunning whites are well worth seeking out too. Case in point: Cuvée Eva Blanc. Marrying Sauvignon Blanc with a dash of Sémillon, this white Bordeaux boasts two gold medals from the tough Concours des Vins Lyon and France’s prestigious Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide. Showing a lovely pale yellow color, this brims with intense grapefruit, fresh citrus, and delicate flinty aromas. The vibrant, well-structured palate offers more citrus flavors, plus toasty characters from light oak aging.

THE ESTATE

Founded in 1855, Château Gromel Bel Air lies in Fronsac, near the famous communes of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. With just 27 acres of prime-sited, high-altitude vineyards to tend, the team can pay very close attention to quality. And in fantastic 2016 – “an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux for both whites and reds,” writes expert James Suckling – Mother Nature gave them a serious advantage. You’ll taste the proof in your glass.

THE REGION

VY_France_Bordeaux‘Bordeaux’ is a derivative of au bord de l’eau meaning ‘along the waters’ – and it’s no coincidence that the best vineyards are those nearest to the Gironde, Dordogne, or Garonne Rivers. With so much attention paid to the region’s famous reds, it’s easy to forget that world-class whites are also made here. Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle are the main white varieties here.

WITH FOOD

chkn_breastgrillmarksServe this double-gold white Bordeaux to guests as they walk in the door. It makes a refreshing aperitif, especially when sipped with a platter of creamy goat cheese (Sauvignon Blanc’s classic match). At meal time, try it alongside grilled chicken in a light sauce, baked tilapia topped with a squeeze of lemon, or crisp summer salads with a citrus vinaigrette dressing.

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