With 13% alcohol, costing $30, and scoring 17 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20, the 2017 Le Dauphin d’Olivier, from Pessac-Leognan in the Graves region of Bordeaux is a buy.

Citrus, lime, mineral like wet river-bed stone and subtle grapefruit skin fill the nose. The wine has refreshing acid making it a good food wine.


A second label of the classic Chateau Olivier, one of my favorite white Bordeaux, is worth the money. Served with a veal dish and veggies.

The wine is a perfect balance of 50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. Recommended retail is higher, even up to $50, but you find it lower.  White Bordeaux. It is a Grand Cru Classe’ for the region. It comes from one of the area’s oldest Chateau and they make great wines even in off years.  In Vino Veritas.