As we move through the year, I’m going to try to demystify a couple of commonly referenced regions and/or wines you may see in your local store but that don’t intuitively present themselves to knowing what they are at first glance. I’m going to start with the grandpappy of French wines,
If you've followed along, you know that
Since the label doesn’t necessarily make intuitive sense,
First -- where the wine is made in
Second, the quality of the wine. The lowest "rank" is labeled simply "
Now, if you see a wine with the name of the region and the name of a Chateau -- you're looking at a high-end wine. These wines are further subdivided into five classes, which are called "growths." There are five "premier crus" -- first growths. These will be some of the most expensive wines in the world. (Like, for instance, Chateau Latour) You may look, but don't touch. If you do, one of your wine store's helpful staff will probably lead riffraff like you or I away quickly, then clean the bottle to remove our cheap-wine loving fingerprints.
What to expect from
"Hey!" you say, "What about the whites, smart guy?" Easy. White Bordeaux are almost entirely sauvignon blanc, although you may see some semillion in there. These wines will be very different from SB's that you're used to from
Here's a sample of a few
Chateau Jalousie-Beaulieu 2005
Le Rosé de Phélan Ségur 2005
Chateau des Tourtes 2006