Cheap. French. Whites.
Looking back, if I had to pick a wine theme for this summer, that’s what it was. Cheap, French whites. It started with a French wine sale at a local wine store. And rather than splurging on some one special bottle, I just loaded up on Entre-Deux-Mers, and the like. They’ve been easy, refreshing, go-to wines for the whole season. Good with food; fine on their own. And frankly, what with the lingering heat and drought, I see no reason to stop now.
Here are a few of the favorites so far:
Chateau Moulin de Launay 2010 Entre-Deux-Mers ($13). Mostly Semillon here, with some fatness to the smooth melon fruit. Also light citrus and just a touch of minerality. Easy drinking stuff. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Chateau Lestrille 2010 Entre-Deux-Mers ($10). Crisp and tangy, with grapefruit and lemony citrus notes driving through the clean finish. Moderate minerality along the way. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Chateau Bonnet 2010 Entre-Deux-Mers ($13). Always a reliable buy, offering crisp, refreshing citrus, light tropical notes, and grassy accents. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Paired nicely with a gingery Thai curry. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
La Vieille Ferme 2011 Luberon White ($9). I hadn’t tasted this in years — though I used to really like it. And sure enough, it’s still a tasty little bargain from the southern Rhone. Ripe and smooth, but not remotely heavy. With bright lime, smooth tropical citrus, and crisp Asian pear. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Roussanne, and more. A nice little patio wine, and there’s tons of it available. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Domaine Brusset 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages White Cairanne Les Travers ($19). A couple of bottles of this were just the ticket for last Friday’s extended lunch (aka totally playing hooky after a long week at my desk). It’s a lot of wine for the money, offering green fig and smooth, ripe orchard fruit — pear, apple, white peach — accented with warm mineral notes and a touch of nuttiness. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.