Monday, October 01, 2007

A Classic White from Bordeaux

When most of us think of whites from Bordeaux, we think of the delicious Sauternes dessert wines made with a luscious blend of sauvignon blanc/semillon grapes that have been kissed by a touch of botrytis or "noble rot." But Bordeaux also makes dry white wines using the same mix of varietals. Because Sauternes gets most of the attention, dry whites from Bordeaux can be good value picks when you are in the wine store and are in the mood for something a little bit different with dinner.

I picked up just such a dry Bordeaux white, and was pleasantly surprised by the 2006 Château Lamothe de Haux Blanc given its low price. ($10.95, Chronicle Wine Cellar; available from other merchants for between $10 and $11) The wine greeted you with fresh, juicy aromas of melon and citrus. These aromas were the perfect prelude to the flavors, which were also citrusy with round notes of melon. There was a touch of thyme as you finished the wine, which only added to the pleasure of this full and rich wine. I thought this was an excellent example of a dry sauvignon blanc/semillon blend, and had excellent QPR.

We had the wine with a delicious grilled shrimp with an accompaniment of couscous salad. The shrimp were basted with a tarragon-flavored oil that picked up the nice herbal notes in the wine, and the shrimp seemed to pop with rich flavor just as the wine did. I should note that this wine would also be excellent with turkey--especially if you are going to serve some creamed onions with the meal, or sweet potatoes. So don't be surprised to find it in this year's Thanksgiving picks in a few weeks!


Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of Sauv/Semillon blends. There are great ones from the world over, including the Languedoc (not so far from Bordeaux, actually) as well as Australia.

Dr. Debs said...

I like them too. Perfect when I want a richer wine, but don't want lots of oak. They are really, really good with shrimp and scallops, I find.

Anonymous said...

I think it must be Fall, but I have such a hankering for white Bordeaux lately! There's something so special about that combination of tangy zip (yes, a la Miracle Whip, it's a guilty pleasure) and the minerally sophistication. It's just barely October and still 92 in Texas, and I'm thinking about that Thanksgiving turkey already!