Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Chateau de Fongrave Wine

Nowadays there are sooo many wines to choose from. What is my favorite? You know, that would be a hard question to answer. I guess I would have to ask back, red or white, what grape, what area of the world! I guess I have progressed a bit in my wine world since I began seriously drinking this wonderful liquid back in the early 1990's. So now instead of just a "favorite wine", I seem to have favorite country's. Which leads me to today's selection.

I was thrilled again to discover an inexpensive French white wine that was not going to use up my weekly wine budget on a couple of bottles. This is one of the "finds" that I happen to come upon in my "Sam's Wine" search while in Chicago. I located a 2005 Chateau de Fongrave Grand Vin de Bordeaux from Gironde, France. This wine is from the area of Entre-Deux-Mers which is a large area of the Bordeaux wine region. Entre-Deux-Mers translated means "between two seas" because it is located between the Dordogne & Garonne rivers. This lovely white wine has 12.5% alcohol volume and is comprised of 60% Sauvignon and 40% Semillon grapes. Pop the cork and you will smell the aromas of citrus, such as grapefruit, and a hint of fresh peaches as they escape the bottle. The wine is a beautiful light straw yellow color as you pour it into your glass. As that wonderful liquid flows into your mouth you will get that fresh, crisp, dry, medium body, fruit flavor onto your palate. Not a real long finish, but one that makes your mouth tingle and ask for more. At a price of $9.99 a bottle, this one is on my list for summer sippers!

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Wendy said...

Will keep my eye out for this one, Deb.
My own favourite (yes, I have one!) is Penfold's Koonunga Hill Shirax Cabernet. It's not cheap though so is only for a treat. Had it at for the first time at my parents 40th wedding aniversary and now buy it for special occasions or REALLY bad days. :)

winedeb said...

Mike is a big Cabernet drinker so on those special days I like to find a nice one for him. I will try your suggestion next time as I do not think I have had it and I do so enjoy all the Australian wines!

Steve Walsh said...

Hi Deb

I have the good luck to work at Chateau de Fongrave and would like to thank you for your very kind review.

We've recently picked up a number of prizes for not only the Entre Deux Mers (White) but also for the Bordeaux Superior (Red) and the new Clairet.

It's an exciting time at the Chateau with a young and inspired team working to produce a quality wine and still at an affordable price.

If you or any of your friends need further information, I'd be happy to oblige.


Steve Walsh
Le Domaine De Fongrave
Ph: 00 33 05 56 61 97 64