White Wines of France

Region: Loire Valley

Appellation: Anjou

Producer: CEP

Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc

This wine was pale canary yellow and bright. It had low viscocity with not many teardrops. To me it smelled like cat pee, but then other’s pointed out that it also had some peach, apricots and green apples. The taste was not better. It was a little bitter, sour and high acidity. After taking a second taste, it was more fruity, definitely green apples, and less tarteness.

Appellation: Sancerre

Producer: Pascal Jolivet

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

The color of the wine was light yellow with hints of green. From today’s class, I learned that  the green usually indicates that it is a young wine. When I smelled it, again I got cat pee. After a student was called, they pointed out that they smelled grapefruit, pineapple and lemon grass. I guess my nose is not as advance yet! Once tasting it, I didn’t get any of those fruits, all I got was sourness.

Region: Alsace

Producer: Hugel et Fils

This wine was canary yellow with peach, apricot and dry roses hitting the nose. Upon tasting it, I noticed there was a little spice and very high in acidity. Professor Goodlad said that the wine had 12% alcohol.

Region: Bordeaux

Appellation: Grave

Producer: Chateau Haut-Selve

Grape Variety: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Gris

The wine was pale yellow with hints of green, an indication that it is a young wine. It smelled like nectar, honeydew and tangerines. When tasting, it was less acidic than the others and had a little tart.

Region: Burgundy    Vintage: 2009

Producer: Olivier Leffaire

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

This grape variety is probably the most popular that I have heard growing up. It was yellow with hints of green. It smelled like peaches and pears. It was not my favorite.

Appellation: Chablis        Vintage: 2010

Grape Variety: Chardonnay

Producer: Christian Moreab

It was cool to have the same grape variety but from different vineyards. The color on this wine was yellow with some hay undertones. The taste had high acidic but also I had some vanilla. The vanilla is usually a big indicator that it aged in oak. This was okay. Maybe it was the oak.

Day one of wine tasting was pretty cool. Got to have wine in class. But it was hard for me to decipher the smells in each wine. Although, I did realize that I might like oak.

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