French Whites

1999 Domaine Jean Durup Pére & Fils Chateau de Maligny Premier Cru     This Chard had a clean offering of peach, citrus and a hint of flint and went very well with the oysters on the half shell.  

1997 Domaine de Montgilet Coteeaux de L’Aubance  gift   Honey?  Yes dear?  No, honey is what this wine is all about.  From the dark gold color to the sweet honey flavor, this Loire wine is interesting enough to be served well chilled after dinner.  

1999 Perrin Reserve Cote du Rhone Blanc $ (9.99)   This wine is a golden hued liquid that provides floral and fruit aromas but falls short on the tongue of delivering what you expect.  

1996 Barton & Guestier Sauterne  ?    Honey gold and viscous, this nectar made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc gives a sweet nose of honey, apricot and burnt hair. (Semillon gives me this olfactory link with slightly burnt hair-I know it’s not on the scent wheel).  There was a pleasant balance of sweetness and acidity, but this wine fell short on the finish.  There was little lingering of the creamy, silky nectar.  
1998 Chateau Jean Gervais, Blanc, Graves
$ (10.99) When oak is not what you are in the mood for, this blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is refreshing, crisp, clean and laden with aromas of peach, citrus and a hint of herb.  

1999 Domaine Des Contarelles Viognier Vin de Pays  $ (11.00)    Looking to capture the sweetness of the apricot glaze and cherries in the stuffing, this wine offers an aromatic floral nose and a spicy and violet undertone.  Dry with a short finish.  

1999 Hugel Gewürztraminer $ (15.99) Disappointingly flat and one dimensional, though I am qualifying that I bought this bottle in Costco and it was in a case that contained 1990 through 2000 vintages.  I selected the 1999 for see how fresh and snappy this wine would be.  Hugel is a major producer for the Alsatian wines and delivers a quality product.  Unfortunately, this bottle seemed like it was past its prime, not bringing much to the table regarding the interaction with the sweetness and spiciness of the Thanksgiving Day feast.

2000 Domaine Paguet Macon Fuisse $ (10.99)   Not much to really enjoy, this wine has a nose of sharp cheese which hurts the experience this wine could bring.  Fruity in flavor but the aftertaste and the aroma of this wine are disappointing.  

1994 Les Domaines Barons de Rothchild (Lafite) Reserve Bordeaux Blanc $ (19.00)     A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cepages, balanced for a clean, crisp, fresh white wine.  Not much of an aroma from this glass and a pleasant, but short finish.  Serve chilled and with mild foods.  

1996 Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet $$ (30.00)  This wine gave me a scent of toasted marshmallows and caramel.  The wine was full and creamy, but had a bit more acid than fruit.  The mineral flavors over-powered the richness of the chardonnay grape.  Good, but not great, as a complement to dinner.  

1997 Vers Cras Domaine Cordier Pere & Fils Pouilly-Fuisse  (I’m guessing $$ 28.00)   Pride of Maconnais, this white wine was light and pleasant, with simple fruit peaches and citrus and not a long finish.  For me, the heavy oaked white Burgundies are tops.  This is a simpler wine that went well with the lemon sole we had with dinner.  It would not stand well with a cream sauce or much seasoning.  This is the top of the food chain for Macon and, as Pouilly’s go, this was not bad and could bring in another ½ mouse if I were a white wine lover.  

1997 Joseph Drouhin Corton-Charlemagne  $$$ (84.00)    This gem is toasty and nutty and fills the mouth with that rich texture that lasts.  A wine I enjoyed with a meal best served with a Bold Syrah or a deep Meritage, but surprisingly Pork Roast with pepper crust did not kill this sexy wine.  The seasoning would have overpowered any white wine I could think of from my limited experience.  Though this wine did not enhance such a strong meal, it didn’t shy away either.  I wish I could afford another bottle to give this one a shot with a fish dish almandine.  

1996 Chateau de Beaucastel  Chateauneuf-Du-Pape  $$ (36.00)

Right from the start, the golden color of this wine was very impressive, comprised of 80% Roussanne grapes with the balance a mix of Grenache Blanc, picarddan, bourboulene and clairette.  This was a red wine hiding in a white grape cloak.  A scent of pear was right up front.  This full body wine coated my mouth and slid south with a silken texture.  The impressive quality I found was the length the wine lingered in my mouth after swallowing each sip.  

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