Lillet Blanc is a medium colored white wine, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The nose is flowery with strong accents of honey and orange and a hint of mint. While the nose may lead you to expect a sweet dessert wine, the actual taste is quite full and fleshy on the palate and leaves a lingering trace of orange, honey and exotic fruits.
Jean Lillet came from Saint-Morillon in Gironde and moved to Podensac, a small town near Sauternes in the Graves region, in 1680. His descendants Raymond and Paul Lillet, merchants of fine wines, liqueurs and spirits, founded Lillet in 1872. They created Bordeaux’s first and only aperitif, known as Kina Lillet until the 1970s when it became simply Lillet, a blend of Bordeaux wines and handcrafted fruit liqueurs produced in Podensac.