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Was gone too quickly for me to get any photos!
Ah, the ephemeral quality of fine wine. A specific moment, a synthesis of fruit, earth, winemaking skill, captured in time.
Till a bunch of us boozehounds down the whole bottle while gabbing.
I had a small party at Wiz Manor this past Saturday. Just five of us, but the biggest gathering I’ve had since moving in. I’m more than a little out of practice. I had remembered that not everyone is a big wine drinker so I made sure to have some beer on hand. I hadn’t remembered that everyone is mostly white wine drinkers. We polished off the rieslings I had opened last week, and then I needed to make a choice.
One friend requested a sauvignon blanc. I went browsing through CellarTracker and found a 2015 Chateau Brown. It needed to chill before I served it, but I had a little taste while it was still warm, and wow what a crazy burst of tropical fruit.
Chateau Brown is located in the Pessac-Leognán region in Bordeaux, and their primary white wines are blends of sémillon and sauvignon blanc. This wine was also made “sur lie” or on the lees, leftover yeast particles that add a richness and different level of flavor.
I wish I had had time to get a good picture of it, but the wine was a pretty gold color. The tropical fruit bomb calmed down after it was brought down to a cooler temperature, but still a bit of mango and a little pineapple on the palate.
While I don’t think it’d be a great Will It Pair for Thanksgiving, it was a terrific wine, as evidenced by the fact we all polished it off darn quick. I would definitely buy this again. Maybe a couple next time. And take more time to savor it, perhaps with some red snapper in a light sauce.
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the U.S., and if you haven’t already, please get to the store for your wine! Don’t wait till the last minute! It’s gonna be crazy! Talk to you next week!