April 15th, 2013 by Jeff
Producer: Etienne Daulny
Review by: Jeff Bovee, Wine Neophyte
I pulled out another bottle of white from the Loire Valley tonight, as I’ve been in a French wine state of mind for a couple weeks now. I know many of you that favor American west coast wines and you’re used to the name of the grape on the bottle (e.g. Blackstone Merlot). This particular bottle is another one of those wines that are made in a specific region of France and composed primarily of one grape varietal. The region: Sancerre. The grape: Sauvignon Blanc.
This particular producer, Etienne Daulny, has taken Sauv Blanc grapes from several venerated vineyards and created a very crisp and bright little white. It has flavors of tart apple and grapefruit with a nice little punch of acidity that will make your face pucker a wee bit. You probably are well aware now that good acidity can play well with many food types. I personally paired this bottle with a little grilled fish, roasted green beans and some mushroom rice pilaf. Just before dinner, we enjoyed what could be marketed as the practically perfect pairing for Sancerre: goat cheese on slices of baguette. I know, I know…many of you out there are saying, “who the hell eats goat cheese on baguettes besides pompous wine people?!” Lemmie tell you: I’m still a relative newbie of the wine world, but all you gotta do is try this pairing once, and you’ll understand. It personally makes me dream of the French countryside…and Scarlett Johansson. The latter probably has more to do with my recent but 27th viewing of The Avengers, but regardless…it all makes me a little giddy.
Other good pairings I think would be:
- Sushi (with a little wasabi)
- Salad with a vinaigrette dressing
- Any triple cream cheese (then again, what DOESN’T go with TCC?)
Loved this one.