Occasionally I run into a wine that just hits the mark with flavor, style and value. That is what I found with the 2010 Chateau de L’Hoste white Bordeaux. The home of this soft and fragrant wine is Entre-Deux-Mers, a picturesque location between the two rivers of Dordogne and Gironde in western France.
Here the soils are a well-drained clay and gravel mix, the summers are moderate and bright, and the vineyards are protected by the two rivers that hold the days heat in the cool fall nights.
The grapes for this blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon, sauvignon gris and muscadelle are hand-harvested, then pressed with the fresh juice going into stainless steel ferments. After the must becomes wine, the fresh wine is allowed to rest in stainless steel for about six months before being bottled.
The resulting wine is a very balanced and fruitful dry white with aromas of spring apples, flowers and citrus zest. There is a nice, rich mouth feel here, likely from the semillon, perhaps the most underappreciated white grape in the world.
Yet the wine ends with a lovely crisp backdrop of clean flavors. I highly recommend this $11 wine for most poultry and fish dishes as it delivers almost twice what it costs. If your favorite wine place doesn’t carry it, have the manager contact Heidelberg Distributing in Columbus.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.