Can anyone recommend a list of Bordeaux Blanc producers that display typicity (Graves, Pessac-Leognan) for tasting/studying at the certified level? I would like both historically classic producers, regardless of how expensive they might be, as well as more affordable/approachable ones that I could purchase myself for practice. I don't see a producer profile on the site, which is why I'm putting it out there. Thanks!
If we are disregarding price, the Smith Haut Lafite Blanc from Pessac is consistently amazing wine, and very typical of the style. More economically, seek out Chateau Carbonnieux blanc, or if you really are in a pinch, their Tour Leognan is a great typical example that can be had for about $25 retail, still a Pessac-Leognan appelation.
I'll add Château La Louvière and Le G du Château Guiraud. The G is widely available and usually around $20 so it is ideal for tasting groups.
Thank you everyone, this is really helpful!
I'll second that G by Guiraud. No new oak (it's 80% 2nd fill barrels all from Guiraud's Sauternes production), but everything else about it is perfect for a baseline example.
Monbousquet Blanc d’Exception is a little pricier, ($50-70 retail) but a very good example of what’s being done at the high end with riper fruit and generous new oak.