While continuing to explore wine varietals, I found a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France. The 2017 Les Portes de Bordeaux, Appellation Bordeaux Controlee, is a dry Sauvignon Blanc with 12% alcohol. This easy drinking wine had a light straw color with lovely aromas of grass, grapefruit, and lime. On the palate there were additional notes of melon, apricot and a tad of gooseberry. It was well balanced, not too acidic and had a 19 second finish.
I paired it with a rosemary chicken, but felt it would go well with a light fish or mild goat cheese. At less than $8 at Trader Joes, this is a steal!
As I continue to explore the Loire Valley region in France, I thought I’d try another Vouvray or Chenin Blanc. Vouvray comes from the Touraine area of the Loire Valley, North of the Loire River. Chenin Blanc is an extremely versatile wine which can be made from dry to sweet and sparkling. I chose the Maison Alphonse Chotard, 2016 Vouvray. This AOC wine (the highest category of the French rating system) was purchased at Trader Joes and had 11.5%.
The color was a clear lemon, pale straw.
The aroma was clean with no off odors and was fruity with notes of honeysuckle.
The palate was off dry to medium in sweetness, with low acidity and had a medium body. It presented fruity notes with honeysuckle, apricots, citrus and honey.
It finished at around 26 seconds, a little shorter than other Vouvray’s I’ve tried.
Pairing and Comments
It paired easily with a sweetened, marinated Tuna Steak I created. The pairing took down a little of the sweetness of the wine. It was easy drinking, but I prefer a dryer Chenin overall. But for $8, it’s a pleasant wine.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.
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