Thursday, September 4, 2008

Chateau Lafont Menaut Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Wine: Chateau Lafont Menaut Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Origin: Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
Blend: 90% Sauvignon, 10% Semillon
Alcohol content: 12.0%
Bottle closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: August 2008
Purchase Price: $9.99

Taste profile from the winemaker (loosely translated from French): "The wine is crystalline gold with green tints. The nose offers a beautiful aromatic dominated by citrus fruits and white flowers. A fresh, pleasant and fruity character supported with a wooded edge. After a frank attack, the wine increases and opens onto a lovely aromatic intensity to the dominant citrus. The balance is harmonious and highlights a pleasant freshness. The finale ends with a beautiful length where the wooded and floral character takes over."

ABC Wines review: This deep yellow wine has aromas of citrus and stone fruit coupled with honey and oak notes. The palate is refreshing, though a bit on the acidic side. The acidity continues to develop into the finish to the point of being somewhat "hot", somewhat surprising, and unexpected, for a relatively low alcohol wine. It is in the finish that the characteristics of this wine's oak cellaring come through. Our score: The acid and oak seem overdone here but might help balance a strongly flavored dish. On the low side of Average.

Winery website: None found.

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