05.03.19 | Tu Devrais Boire des Vin Blanc!
Tu Devrais Boire des Vin Blanc!
A few tastings ago I covered white wines we should be drinking; it was by far one of my favorite tastings. Colorado ranks in the top five for wine buying. 54% of those wine buyers prefer red compared to 41% who like whites. White wine gets a bad rap and we have the likes of Kendall Jackson to thank for that. I have found as my palate matures and I’ve tasted about everything I could ever dream of tasting (‘94 Penfolds “Grange” still brings a tear to my eye), I find myself going back to whites to rediscover them. There are few things that compare to a white Burgundy with its reductive qualities or the zing of a Picpoul to accompany those Moules Marinières … these are wines worth buying and enjoying.
Proper stemware for white wine are smaller bowled glasses that preserve floral aromas, maintain a cooler temperature, express more acidity, and delivers more aromas even at cooler temperatures. Chardonnay, Rioja Blanca, and Viognier should be in a glass with a wider mouth as it promotes the creamy texture.
Here are some of my favorites white wines from our own cellar. I break these wines up into two categories: to share, and not to share.
Viña Somoza Valdeorras Neno Godello - $29
Located in Valdeorras, which lies inland and north of Portugal, the Neno is 100% Godello grapes and sourced from 30-40 year old vines planted on a variety of soils, elevations, and expositions. The nose hits with citrus, stone fruit, light white floral and interlacing with a touch of sea salt and fresh almonds. On the palate, the wine is full energy showing off a bright acidity and a great weight mid-palate.
Famille Lançon La Solitude Côtes du Rhône Blanc - $22
You cannot go wrong with this wine. The owners of Solitude, the Lançons, are one of the most respected families in all of Châteauneuf du Pape. They know their wine and City Club is fortunate to be receiving Famille Lançon reserves this week. Now back to this wine ... This is a perfect white for people who prefer light reds as this is a gorgeous blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, and Viognier. Smells of candy and bonbons; the mouthfeel expresses a roundness from the Roussane and Viognier, and is sustained by the acidity of the Clairette.
To not share:
Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition Blanc - $70
See above and you’ll understand why this wine is on this week’s recommendations. Less than 10% of all the grapes in Châteauneuf are white, which is even more of a reason to drink this wine! Ethereal with creamed melon, stone fruit, beautiful saline minerality, pear, and green fig with brioche and meringue. Long, long finish. Could cellar until 2025 (and you should).
Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon-Milly Clos du Four - $60
I consider this wine to be one of the gems in our cellar. This white Burgundy’s reductive qualities are ridiculous. Open early, let it develop in your glass. Be patient, swirling often, it is worth the wait. Put it in a big enough glass to breathe, but not too much! It penetrates the palate with decadent exotic fruit, stony, and beautiful.
Arnaud Lambert Saumur Blanc Coulée de St-Cyr Chenin Blanc - $54
Domaine de St. Just’s vineyards are in the Loire Valley on sandstone, clay, and limestone soils on the infamous Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. The limestone bedrock is not too deep below the clay and sand. This helps create a taut Chenin Blanc whose bouquet is sweet floral with minerality and a hint of almond. A very soft weight that remarkably comes alive with crisp apple, white flowers, and a balanced acidity. The finish is longer than you’d expect and it ends with citrus and light spice.