Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Your $10 Recession Wine of the Week: Chateau Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc 2008
My local wine store recommended this Chateau Lamothe de Haux as a good buy. I raised an eyebrow. A decent Bordeaux Blanc as a decent price is hard to find. What were the chances that a $13 bottle would be anything but thin, acidic stuff.
But I was surprised. This little known chateau has produced a fine bargain in its 2008 Blanc, made up of 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle, with fifty percent of the juice left on the lees for three weeks. This is a bottle of lemon sunshine, with notes of white melon and grass. It's not quite complex, just above simple, and with a enticing mineral-metallic base. It delivers quite enough interest for the price, and no more than one would want on a lazy summer day.