Monday, February 3, 2014

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Ch. Haut Caban Sauvignon

Ch. Haut Caban Sauvignon 2012
Bordeaux, France

I'm a big fan of white Bordeaux. Usually these wines are Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon -- or a blend of the two in varying proportions. This Bordeaux is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. I saw it for $8.99 at Wegman's and thought I would give it a go.

Review: This Sauvignon Blanc is quite fragrant. The nose is full of passion fruit, gooseberries, and candied lemons. On the palate the first thing I noticed was a HIGH level of acidity. It's beyond mouth watering or zippy -- this wine is mouth puckering! The flavors are strong, too, with more lemons and gooseberries, along with some freshly cut grass. The wine has a light body and medium finish. 

This isn't my style of Sauvignon Blanc -- I tend to prefer less gooseberry and more minerality -- but for $9 it's quite refreshing. Once you get past the acidity it's even pretty easy to drink. 

Food Pairing: Fishes are the obvious choice. I paired with a flounder stuffed with cheesy crab meat. The high acidity in the wine acted as a nice palate cleanser. 

Bottom Line: Not bad. Nice texture, decent fruit -- but overall a bit harsh.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Bordeaux AOC  (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? Low Price

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