Last Wednesday night’s WineChat on Twitter brought a discussion of French wines.
Lush Life Productions and Pasternak Wine Imports were kind enough to provide me with a bottle of Les Deux Rives Corbieres Blanc and Ladoucette Les Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc to try out and share my impressions during the chat.
Since some of you may have missed it, I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts here, too.
To get ready for the tasting and Twitter chat, I stored both wines in my regular old refrigerator and took them both out about 45 minutes before pouring. I then decanted the Sauvignon Blanc, but did not decant the Corbieres Blanc.
Because I like to enjoy my wine with food, but wasn’t ambitious enough to cook, I prepared a tray of Salame-wrapped mozzarella, Landana goat cheese, almonds, strawberries and green apple slices to nibble with the wines. With the exception on the salame-wrapped mozzarella, all the food went quite well with the wine… The salame over-powered it (oops).
And, to keep the wines straight as I was tasting, I used this ‘fancy’ sticky note technique:
I logged on to Twitter, my neighbor joined me, and the tasting began…
Ladoucette Les Deux Tours Sauvignon Blanc, about $16
This Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Loire Valley, which @loirevalleywine shared is the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc.
My neighbor and I both tasted tropical flavors of honeydew and pineapple, with a bit of a mineral flavor underneath.
Several tweets about the wine throughout the chat mentioned tangerine, lemon and even lemongrass. And, after reading those observations, I could taste those, too. (That’s just one of the reasons I love Winechat– it helps me to identify flavors I might have missed on my own.) To both my neighbor and me, the finish was a bit more tart than we prefer, so I’m not sure I would buy this wine and serve it… although that doesn’t mean the next person might not love it, as several of the winechat participants tweeted about how much they enjoyed it..
Les Deux Rives Corbieres Blanc, about $10
I was very curious about this one as it is a blend of 60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne. I am not sure that I have ever had any of those grapes before, so I just had to know how they would taste. And, seeing as the grapes were grown along the Mediterranean coast of France, oh-la-la, they were even more alluring.
And they did not disappoint.
The Corbieres Blanc was both smooth and creamy and still had a kick to it. I got a hint of cinnamon on the nose, not too strong, though, and then the wine took on a mellow flavor tinged with lemon, but also not too strong, and definitely not too acidic. I found it to be well-balanced and wished had I been ambitious enough to whip up some shrimp in a light citrus sauce and angel hair to go along with it. Oh well. Maybe next time…
This one opened more as the night wore on, becoming even smoother, and I would definitely consider sharing it with friends again.
What about you? Have you enjoyed either of these wines? If so, what did you think?
Want to know more about the wines of France? Consider joining VineSleuth Contributing Writer (and my brother-in-law) Steve Gross on his Tasting Tour of French Wine where he will explore, explain and taste wine through the regions of France through the rest of 2012.