The Cellar: Fumé Blanc + French Fusion
Friday, August 24, 2012
And then there are the people to whom none of this matter; to whom it is all about what the wine tastes like, the price and nothing else. If you fall into this last category of wine drinkers, this edition of ‘The Cellar’ is dedicated to you. Enjoy these two quirky finds without big stories to tell, and save money doing it!
If you have never had a ‘Fumé Blanc’ style Sauvignon Blanc I recommend you try one of Chateau St. Jean’s bottlings. Located in Sonoma County, Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973 and has grown into one the County’s larger producers, making solid everyday wines, as well as some great higher-end single vineyard bottlings. Their 2010 Fumé Blanc from is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon and 1% Viognier. This wine is barrel fermented and aged in a mix of French and American oak for 5 months. It is a great representation of the Fumé Blanc style, readily available and less than $15.
The 2009 Lot 21 is one of their latest releases. While we don’t know who the producer is, we do know that it is a red blend made in 2009 from 60% Syrah 30% Grenache 10% Mourvedre. Ninety Plus Cellars also tells us that the wine comes from a family owned Estate located in the Languedoc region of Southwest France and that the wine is aged for 14 months and bottled unfiltered. At around $15 this medium bodied wine is a great everyday value. It displays a nice mix of red and black fruit and ends with a firm and acidic, yet spicy finish that lingers nicely.
Steffen Rasch CSW is ready to answer any wine-related questions, comments or concerns you may have. Feel free to email him at [email protected]. And as always, don’t forget to follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook and sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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