'Tasted: Bordeaux, white'

Getting Started Early

Just picked up lunch at Silverlake Wine Co. Yes, of course you can buy lunch at a wine shop. How great looking are those two little Smoked Mac n’ Cheese lasagnas from heirloomLA? We’re thinking they’re going to be a great match with the white Bordeaux from Chateau Lamothe de Haux. And, if not, we bought an extra bottle for backup: Tintero Grangia. Cheers.

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Big Mac’s Mondays: a Bordeaux Blanc Bargin

As We’ve posted in the past, an essential part of The Wine Education is buying and drinking simple and accessible wines. Luckily for Us, a favorite corner liquor store, Big Mac’s, offers a wide range of exactly these kinds of bottles (and a really good deal on Skyy vodka for when a martini is what you’re craving).

Each Monday We’ll be reviewing a wine purchased from Big Mac’s, following our basic tasting format. We’ll take note of the wine’s color, smell, taste, and finish and then add any other thoughts the wine evokes (She said: “Perfect for sipping poolside, lounging in a bikini in the hot sun.”)

Although We are studying specific regions and grapes, We tend not to read anything about particular bottles before We drink them–We want our reactions to be as honest as possible. But this information can be useful for comparison purposes and just getting some of basic facts of the wine, so We will provide some proprietary background information at the end of our own notes. (He said: “They say it smells like Tellicherry Black Pepper–what the hell does that smell like?”)

Mouton Cadet Bordeaux blanc (Baron Philipe de Rothschild) 2007. ($9.99)

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She said: Clear and golden yellow in color. The nose is grassy, petrol, some cat pee, lemony citrus. In the mouth there is a slight frizzante sensation at the front of the palate. Flavors of grass, lychee, lemon again. No significant hints of oak. Rich in the mid palate and finish, giving it a nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable, strong acid, refreshing. The wine stood up to our spicy dinner.
Final slurp: A good value, refreshing, citrusy, and easy drinking wine of little complexity–don’t have to think about it too much, just drink it.

He said: Color, oh color.  It’s nighttime, I’m colorblind but I will guess yellow-gold. I get oak and butter on the nose.  Initially I am tasting butterscotch.  The acidity feels like the right amount, not overbearing.  Oops, eating a mouthful of roasted almonds makes concentrating on the taste of wine difficult.  Don’t do that again, though it went well together.  I get citrus in the finish with maybe a little sour apple.
Final slurp: This wine was always refreshing on warm summer days and nights, an excellent value.  Nice accompaniment to a light salad.  I like this wine.

Facts: Produced by the esteemed Bordeaux maker, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, the Mouton Cadet is the brand’s less expensive, lower quality wine label. Cadet is the French term meaning “junior,” which is fitting for these declassified wines. In the America Mouton Cadet is distributed by Constellation Brands, the biggest distributor in the world. Bottomline: they make a lot of it, sell a lot of it, and make a lot of money. (Think: Donna Karan diversifying to DKNY–you can sell more jeans than couture.) The blend: 40% sauvignon blanc, 50% semillon, 10% muscadelle. Aged three to six months.

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