… But only for a week or two. Pounce! MARY DOWEY selects a WEIGHTIER WHITE to suit the AUTUMN …
Château La Baronnerie Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 2015
Delicious though they may be as appetite-whetters, a lot of white wines taste feeble with main courses. They’re often too light, too fruity, too lacking in depth – especially from this time of year onwards when we’re gravitating towards more substantial food. So here comes a full-bodied white beauty which is currently a brilliant bargain.
With notes of lemon, honey and spice, Château La Baronnerie is a classic white Bordeaux made in the poshest of ways – fermented in new oak barrels and aged for 12 months before release. It’s extremely well balanced so that, although there’s plenty of substance to it, a spine of lemony acidity keeps it lively rather than weighty.
This is just the thing to put on the table with chicken or pork – either simply roast or stir-fried. It would also be delicious with pan-fried salmon; you might even add a little sauce made with fresh ginger and a splash from the bottle for a spot-on match, as there’s a tiny hint of ginger in the wine. Given SuperValu’s mouthwatering promotional price of just €12, it would be worth buying a few bottles to try with main courses of different kinds.
In the up-and-coming Blaye region north of Bordeaux city, Château La Baronnerie has recently benefited from new investment, having been sold a few years ago to a Hong Kong-based property group. The vineyards are run by Eric Bantegnies of Château La Bertinerie, an estate well known to Irish wine fans. As part of the revamp, the property now offers accommodation as well as decent wines at fair prices. Have a peep at www.la-baronnerie.com to catch the flavour.
From SuperValu, normally €15.99, on promotion at €12 until 27 September or while stocks last
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