2018, Chateau Ducasse, Bordeaux Blanc, $17.99
Hervé Dubourdieu crafts one of the tastiest and most affordable Sauternes out there, which I cannot recommend more to those who enjoy the occasional sweet treat. However, given today’s overwhelming tendency to favor dry table whites, Hervé chooses to ferment the majority of the Sémillon, Sauvignon, and Muscadelle from his Sauternes-producing vineyards to full dryness for his Bordeaux blanc. It exhibits an exotic, citrusy perfume hinting at something rather luscious, then zips across the palate in a refreshingly restrained, refined manner. Hervé serves it with a platter of oysters on ice, but this white is really a passe-partout, delightful with a range of foods or whenever the mood strikes. Continually one of the best selling whites at Arista.