Chateau de L'Hoste Bordeaux Blanc 2009
Origin: Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
Blend: Unknown (but presumably predominently, and maybe entirely, Sauvignon Blanc)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $8.99
Our review: Light- to Medium-gold in color, this wine has moderately strong aromas of tropical fruit (melon, mango) with slight notes of spices and orange blossom. The fruit flavors on the palate are similar, but are accompanied by some orange/citrus rind character and are slightly bitter, almost smoky. The bitterness/smokiness intensifies into the finish, which also introduces a bit of minerality.
Our rating: Most assuredly not a sipping wine, the overall profile of this wine markedly improves when paired with food. We served our bottle with a fairly light meal of cold chicken and a salad, but think it would do much better with something far more substantial and richly flavored. We actually didn't care much for it as we consumed it -- and to be honest we're generally not fans of finicky wines, of which this seems to be one -- but are willing to bet that paired properly, this wine is probably better than the low Average rating we're giving it.
No taste profile from the winemaker found.
Winery website: None found.