The Cellar: Fumé Blanc + Saint-Emilion
Friday, August 16, 2013
If you have a taste for more you should consider signing up for next week’s ‘Evening with Wine’ event at the Providence Wine Academy where the theme is going to be Southern France–i.e. Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and Southwestern France. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to taste some fantastic wines from some of the region’s best producers, including Cahors’ Chateau de Chambert, Domaine du Gros Nore from Bandol and Languedoc-Roussillon’s Domaine L'oustal Blanc.
Mondavi’s first Fumé Blanc was released in 1968. Today it remains the Estate’s signature wines and one of its most popular releases. The 2011 is the current vintage; a wine that is rich in texture yet light in flavor boasting an array of fresh fruits ranging from melon to pears with a splash of lemon on the lingering finish.
This Bordeaux blend is a typical ‘Right Bank’ blend with Merlot in the driver’s seat. The 2009 vintage is a great one and reflects the planting in their vineyard as it is a blend of 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2 % Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from 6 different parcels and aged in oak for 18 months. Like most young Bordeaux’s this wine is tight and tart up front and needs to aerate for 2 hours. After that you’ll start noticing the wine opening up and softening considerably. This is a well-made, medium-bodied wine displaying ripe dark and red fruits upfront, turning savory with earth and herbs notes on the midpalate. The tannins are soft and refined and the acidity on the finish keeps everything fresh as the wine lingers on and on. These guys only make one wine–this is it. I picked this Monsieur Touton Selection up at East Side Prescription Center on Providence’s Hope St.
Steffen Rasch is a Certified Sommelier and Specialist of Wine. Feel free to email him at [email protected] with any wine-related question or sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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