With its broad shoulders, stately looks, and auction block notoriety, Bordeaux struts around wearing some pretty big britches.
But standing in the shadows of the ritzy region's 89% red production are some winsome whites ready to wow you and your grilled branzino or pasta pesto.
In that charming way that the French take to confusing us, grape varietals aren't generally featured on their wine labels.
One must just learn that these dry, sprightly numbers are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle grapes.
Definitely worth the sliver of brain space.
With a dash of the citric exuberance of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a streak of the wet chalk of a Sancerre (but with decidedly less pipi de chat), its $10 fare is something of a boon.
Slumming it, Bordeaux-style.