My favorite summer wine is Sauvignon Blanc, it’s crisp and refreshing but still has depth and perfume. Arguably the best Sauvignon Blanc is showcased in the Loire Valley– most famously in Sancerre. Yet a decent Sancerre can cost a pretty penny, so why not explore it’s neighbors? Juan introduced us to it’s south-western voisin, Menetou-Salon. I was really impressed with Domaine Philippe Gilbert’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc- it starts cool and sharp opening into warmer minerals and citrus. This Mentou-Salon drinks well with a simply prepared white fish, a crisp salad or a dish with fresh tomatoes. A bottle of this beauty will set you back 14.20€ at LDG.
My next pick for month is also a Savignon Blanc, but is not from Juan. This is exactly the kind of wine that wouldn’t grace his shelves. Powerful, sweet, New-World wine from the hyped Marlborough region of New Zealand. Forget the subtlety of Menetou-Salon, here you can smell the fruit of the Whitehaven as soon as you screw open it’s screw-top! The 2008 WhiteHaven, Sauvignon Blanc is a fun, summery wine bursting with grapefruity flavor. Because it has so much flavor- it’s a difficult wine to pair. I usually just have this as apero; but I’m guessing it wouldn’t hurt to have with simple summer salads or a ceviche. Not sold at LDG, but widely available in the States for around $17.
Finally, we’ve got a luscious Corbière. People who swear by California-style wines are often hard to please in France. It’s hard to wean the palate from richness and heat of Napa and Sonoma to a more delicate mouthfeel and flavor. I was happy when I tasted this 2008 Corbière “Les Dimanches” from Clos d’Anhel. It’s rich and delicious- a happy medium to please those used to a heavy California wine . Pair with pork or grilled poultry, rich risotto or salty blue cheeses. This Corbière is drinking really well now and sells for 14.50€ at LDG.