Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chateau Haut-Guillebot White Bordeaux 2006

Chateau Haut-Guillebot White Bordeaux 2006
Origin: Bordeaux, France
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Semillon (50%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: June 2009
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: A greenish gold in color, this wine exhibits aromas of citrus, asparagus, and fig, with faint floral notes; there is also a touch of evergreen evident. There is not much depth to the flavors on the palate, which one might expect of this blend. It also seems somewhat unbalanced. The finish has considerable mineral character and is lengthy but develops a slightly unpleasant chalkiness.

Our rating: We weren't overly impressed with this wine, but this particular vintage may be past its prime at this point. Not best as an aperitif, but it should be reasonably food friendly in terms of cuisine, especially vegetarian dishes. (Our pairing, admittedly, was less than ideal.) We rate it, as such, on the low side of Average but it is probably better than this.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Appearance : Crystalline. Gold yellow with hints of green. Nose : Notes of boxwood and broom. Hawthorn. Very fresh and intense. Palate : Very fresh, refreshing, lively and fruity. Good length, rich."

Winery website: Chateau Haut-Guillebot Vin Bordeaux.

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