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The “edu-ma-ction” of white Bordeaux

19 Oct

2007 Château Ferran Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, France LCBO# 100867 $21.00

Mark October 17th, 2011 in your calendars! This was the day that I drank the Kool-aid. That date marks the first day of the final unit of my Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, aptly named “Still Wines of the World”…also known to my wife as the “widow maker”. For the next eight months I will be immersed (nay…drowning) is a sea of wine and wine knowledge. If you have ever wanted to know all about how Ratafia is made (picture grapes from Champagne and Sherry having dirty sex and making a baby) or who the best producers from Romania are (beats the hell out of me!), then strap in baby…this is going to be a ride.

All this “edu-ma-cation” culminates in June will a winner-take-all tasting and written exam that constitutes 100% of my mark. Sounds like fun…doesn’t it! I have been warned from those who have gone before me that I won’t be able to look at wine for six months after I’m done.

So why do this? It’s simple. To help me develop the skills to find great wines without buying into the hype that blankets the wine world like a thick layer of bullshit. As they say, a little education goes a long way. It was a little education that brought me to this week’s wine.

The 2007 Château Ferran Blanc is an elegant white wine from Bordeaux’s Pessac-Léognan region. While Bordeaux is most well known for its reds, there are some devastatingly good whites being produced at incredible values. This wine, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, has well balanced flavours of lemon, lime, white peach, grapefruit pith and a hint of herbaceousness. This wine has definitely seen some oak giving it well-integrated notes of spice, butter and a hint of smoke. I would recommend pairing it with fresh fish in a rich sauce, lobster or lemon chicken. As for cheese, you can try it with brie or any other semi-soft cheese.

At $21.00, the 2007 Château Ferran Blanc is a great deal from a very competent producer. Best of all, it is ready to drink now. I recommend you educate yourself by giving it a try today…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below.

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5 Comments

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in France, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine

 

5 responses to “The “edu-ma-ction” of white Bordeaux

  1. Tiffany

    October 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    You’re back, exciting!

     
    • Adam Bekhor

      October 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Yes I am, but you can still call me from the LCBO :)

       
  2. Dwi Kuncoro

    October 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Great post. I like it…

     
  3. Millie

    October 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I will have to put this on my constantly growing list of wines to try. I would love to take a course to really learn about wines, how they are made and their subtle differences. I guess you could say I was self-educated after visiting a variety of vineyards, touring their wine making processes and tasting a variety of wines. But a formal “edu-ma-ction” would be sweet (although maybe I might actually get tired of wine for awhile after a few months, though I doubt it).

     
    • Adam Bekhor

      October 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Millie…Thanks so much for your comment. I too was a “home-schooled” wino for years. I loved trying different wines and visiting wine regions. When I got seriously mental about wine I started taking some courses put on by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). They are a great way to place context around what you are tasting. I highly recommend checking them out. Just remember…you are the best judge of what is a good wine. Trust your palate!

       

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