Lillet Blanc Aperitif de France, 750ml, Lillet a Podensac, Gironde, France

Since 1887, Lillet has been made in the village of Podensac, just 20 miles south of the city of Bordeaux. It is a blend of 85% Bordeaux wines (Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon) and citrus liqueurs, made from a variety of sweet and bitter oranges and grapefruit peels. The fruit and peels are cold-brewed separately in alcohol to extract the most flavor. After 4-6 months, the solids are racked off and pressed. The 85% base wine and 15% fruit liqueurs are combined slowly in a large vat until perfectly homogenized. Lillet is matured in oak vats for 6-12 months. The winemaker then blends young vintages of Lillet, fresh and fruit-forward, with the smoother, more concentrated, older vintages. Lillet should be served chilled or on the rocks with an orange peel or slice of lime.