They make some lovely, crisp whites in the far southwestern corner of France. This is 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the same grapes and proportions as a typical white Bordeaux, but I’m expecting this have an extra edge from the limestone soil and mountain air.
Chateau Belingard (2012) Bergerac, France – $10
Color: very pale yellow, about the lightest-colored wine you’ll ever see.
Aroma: gooseberry and citrus peel – lime, lemon, and grapefruit.
Taste: crisp and citrusy on the palate; with some mineral notes on the finish. This isn’t quite big enough to stand up to rich seafood or chicken in a cream sauce, but it’s a nice aperitif and is a great companion to a chunk of warm brie. Keep this in mind for the summer!
White Bordeaux, Tasting note, France
Sancerre is one of the great Sauvignon Blanc appellations of France. It’s located in the middle of the picturesque Loire Valley, with medieval chateaux and vineyards on both banks of the river. I picked this up from Trader Joe’s over the weekend. It’s a fair price for Sancerre.
Laurent Reverdy (2010) Sancerre – $17
Color: very pale golden yellow.
Aroma: lots of apple and pear notes, as well as some floral aromas – jasmine, I think, and apple blossoms.
Taste: soft and balanced – you will not mistake this for something from New Zealand. Apple and pear notes again on the tongue, along with a touch of melon and just a tiny bit of lemon curd and tangerine. There’s a bit of minerality in this as well, but it takes time to pick it out, as it’s woven through the body.
Lovely and delicate – try this with a seafood salad, Recommended!