Category Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

The “edu-ma-ction” of white Bordeaux

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


French smoky whiteness!

2009 Cédrick Bardin Pouilly-Fumé, Lorie Valley, France LCBO# 202416 $21.95

In the immortal words of the Foo Fighters…I have a confession to make. I am digging white wines these days more than reds. I know…crazy! But not just any old run of the mill Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. I am really getting into white wines from places other than Italy, California and Australia. The benefit of looking outside the familiar is that often you can find very interesting, beautifully made wines at a reasonable price.

This week’s wine is a perfect example. The 2009 Cédrick Bardin is from the classic yet, in my opinion, completed undervalued French region of Pouilly-Fumé. This wine is made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, but in a smoky style that is the calling card for wines of this region. Layered over this mineral backbone are very nice flavours of gooseberry, grapefruit, lemon and lime. The Cédrick Bardin has lots of good acid making it truly refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. It is drinking really well now, but could age another two to five years.

I would recommend pairing the 2009 Cédrick Bardin Pouilly-Fumé with baked salmon or a roasted chicken. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a Crottin de Chavignol (it’s a goat cheese).

At $21.95 a bottle, this is a great find. I recommend you pick up a few bottles of this fantastic white for your summer drinking…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below. If you’re not following me yet on Twitter, you can find me at


Ribbit Ribbit….Yum

2006 Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California $25.95 LCBO #966036

This week’s wine is from one of my favourite wineries in the Napa Valley. Did I mention that it is also 100% organic? This Sauvignon Blanc has strong lemon and grapefruit flavours and enough zing (a.k.a. acidity) to keep things refreshing.

This is a wine that has summer afternoon on the back patio written all over it. Just throw it in some ice and enjoy. At $25.95 it’s a bit up there in price, but if you are in the mood to live a little just because the sun is shining then I would totally recommend picking up a bottle.

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