Even been shopping at Costco on a Sunday? If you have, you know what I mean when I mention the sample buffet you find throughout the store on those days. While I love my Costco membership, we’re not big processed food eaters, and we try to stick to small, local businesses whenever we can, so I can typically get in and out in 15 minutes with the 3 or 4 things on my shopping list. Given this, I don’t often partake of the potential buffet, but every once in a while, I do, and every once in a while it’s a sample of something I really wish I could have more of.
So, why and I going on about samples? Well, we were contacted by Balzac Communications to see if we’d be interested in receiving some sample bottles of Bordeaux wines. While we primarily drink local wine, we are generally interested in wine and we’re always curious to try new things. The samples are part of the Planet Bordeaux marketing campaign to get the word out about the quality and affordability of Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines. They’ve put together a very informative website, so head on over and see what you can learn.
Life got so busy for us, we weren’t opening many bottles, and these samples slipped my mind, but now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided it was time to give these wines the attention they deserve. The first one we decided to open was a Chateau Marac ’08 Bordeaux Blanc, a blend of 60% sauvignon blanc and 40% sémillion. Given the suggested price point of $10, we were expecting a fairly one-dimensional wine. We found more than we expected.
The first surprise was that the wine had a synthetic cork. I’m not a fan of this type of closure, but I moved beyond this to focus on the wine. On the nose, I found a light, refreshing, grassy sauv blanc nose that also had some citrus elements. On the palate, I noted grassy, citrus flavors with something that made me think of creamy nuts (like macademias) that gave the wine a very round mouthfeel. As the wine warmed a bit more, the lemon-lime elements became dominant, but the grassy and warm round flavors remained behind that.
As an added plus, there was no real drop off in quality after a night in the fridge – something I find is pretty common with lower cost wines. All in all, this was an very enjoyable wine that would work well with lighter foods or serve as a sipper on its own. It has me interested in trying other Bordeaux Blancs and hoping more samples of this quality find their way in my direction. This is my type of wine.
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