Basic info: Michael Picard, Chien Blanc, Vouvray, France, 2015
Price estimate: $21 (at local wine store)
Look: Light yellow; transparent. Very few legs, probably lower alcohol.
Smell: Mainly wine with some lemon or citrus when it warmed up just a little. (Bob got lemon right away)
Taste: Crisp, slightly tart with a light texture. Green apple noticeable on the first sip. Very refreshing.
Conclusions: This wine may get me to drink more white wine. There was a smoothness to the wine that I didn’t expect. While tart, it wasn’t sour and it didn’t have the grapefruit overtones I don’t like. I may have to pick up a few more bottles of this for the summer.
Other notes: Our local wine store doesn’t shelve wine by grape, they shelve by category. The owners taste every wine in the store and decide if it is a big, bold wine, a fruity wine, a crisp wine, etc. When we did a wine tasting the other week, I had a wine that was in the same category and I loved it, but it was a little more than I wanted to spend on a bottle. Since this was in the same category, I decided to try it and I am so glad I did.
From the bottle: No tasting notes on the bottle, but from the website: “Off-dry in sweetness, this Chien Blanc has freshness on the palate with hint of apricot and stone fruit. Its hint of sweetness is counterbalanced by a high level of acidity making this a wine that is round and fresh easy to drink now or a wine that can age well.” 11.5% alcohol by volume.