2009 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc La Grande Cuvée

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2009
Producer: Dourthe
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Designation: La Grande Cuvée
Region: France
Sub-region: Bordeaux
ABV: 12.0%
Price: $15 (BC LDB)

He says: This is a great wine at an amazing price, and it’s good to see Bordeaux deliver something other than plonk at the sub-$20 level. There’s not much to smell, but on the palate, this wine is focused, balanced, with lots of pure fruits flavours, and a lush, soft mouthfeel. The finish is balanced and fairly long. I’d buy this by the case to drink on the patio on a hot summers day… if we ever get one in Vancouver.

She says: This tasted more New World to me than Bordeaux with its mouthwatering acidity and intense Sauvignon Blanc nose. I find it fascinating that I found the nose intense whilst “he” did not. We are starting to realize that our noses are more/less sensitive to different aromas. That said, this was not an overly complex wine but for $15 I can’t really complain other than to say it finished a little too tart for my liking.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, pale lemon core to a water white rim, some tartaric crystals
Smells like: Clean, med intensity, youthful, citrus, slightly grassy, cooked asparagus
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acidity, med+ body, med+ intensity, citrus, green apple, pear, lush soft mouthfeel, med alcohol, med+ finish
Summary: Very good, Ready to drink, but can keep

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