With the remains of Harvey pulling away from the coast, I thought writing my wine blog would be a great diversion from the weather. Finding Good Wine Cheap.
Our diets have turned lighter which has turned our attention to whites and light reds. We are lucky that a small wine retailer in Wellfleet center has an eye for obtaining an array of good wines under $12. For the most part my focus is on white wines from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Not a fan of Pinot Grigio. The whites in general pair really well with vegetables, fish and chicken. Chardonnay is a challenge as we have moved away from oaky chardonnay in our household, and as such focus on chardonnay that is unoaked. No of these whites will be confused with a Montrachet but they are truly food friendly.
On the red side the countries expand to include South America and Australia. Malbec is an interesting offering from South America but we are careful as too many can have untamed tannins for early drinking. On the other hand some of the Malbec’s have been home runs. Again I pay close attention to ratings. We have been seeking red wine from Portugal, especially those with ratings in the low 90s. We have found the Cotes du Rhone a good source for wines with a little spice.
An approach to buying wine for future consumption. Large NY retailers are starting to move out older vintages at some large discounts. You will find some great value with a little research. Zachy’s had a Labor Day sale on the remains of the 2012 and 2011 Italian wines. The wines will need less time in the cellar over current vintages as they have a few years on them. The 2011 and 2012 are still tight and need time to evolve and a little cellaring should pay big dividends based upon the multiple ratings in the 92 /93 range.
In this blog we are going to take an in-depth look at 2015 French white wines. 2015 was a good vintage as was 2014. When I did a search in WineSpectator for wines rated over 85 priced under $25 365 wines came up. For the most part each wine was from a different producer so you have 365 smaller lots of really good wine. So beyond what is here do not be afraid to try a recommended French white as this list only contains those with larger case production. Enjoy, really nice vintages to take advantage of.
French Wines to Enjoy Now
JOSEPH DROUHIN St.-Véran 2015 Score: 90 Release Price $21
llush yet succulent style, this displays floral, apple, white peach and subtle honey flavors. Balanced, leaving a fresh, cleansing impression on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 8,000 cases imported. –BS
Domaine Chavet Menetou-Salon rated 89 @ $20
Fresh and pure, with lime, flint and white asparagus notes that are steely and focused through the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made
Guigal Côtes du Rhône White rated 89 $18
Ripe, with a rounded edge to the white ginger, yellow apple and white peach flavors that glide through a verbena-accented finish. Shows a little more weight than the typical white Côtes du Rhône, and still stays fresh. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported
Lacheteau Vouvray rated 89 $9
Very fresh, with lively pippin apple, green almond and green melon rind notes streaming along, backed by a light quince echo on the pure finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 19,170 cases imported.
Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône White Belleruche rated 88 @ $17
Bright, with a lively honeysuckle edge around a core of yellow apple and white peach flavors. A floral hint adds energy on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made
Joseph Drouhin Mâcon-Villages ratged 88 @ $16
Round and juicy, this evokes apple, peach and lemon aromas and flavors. Elegant and open, with a moderately long finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported
Louis Jadot Bourgogne White rated 88 for $18
Vanilla and toast flavors highlight the apple and lemon core in this rich white. Balanced and easygoing, with moderate length. Drink now. 65,000 cases made.
all reviews from winespectator