Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Barons de Rothschild Bordeaux Reserve Speciale 2006

Ok, the wife is cooking pork chops tonight, so I decide to put a favorite Pouilly Fuisse Chard in the fridge because I have no Sauvignon Blanc. She tells me that there is an opened bottle of white wine in the fridge for over two weeks and I should finish that one first. Over two weeks!!! Just dump it, I said. But, at her request I did give it a try. Sometimes my wife is pretty smart. Actually she is usually always right and has me trained very well. The white she had opened for a recipe two weeks ago was a Bordeaux from Barons de Rothschild.(2006 Reserve Speciale) A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that turned out to be the right choice for tonights pork chop dinner.

Tasting Notes(not mine) - Bright, pale straw-yellow. The nose is intense and elegant, with good aromatic complexity (white flowers and citrus fruit, mineral notes). The palate has a good balance between body and liveliness, aromas of fresh fruit and a long finish. This is a wine for pleasure, intense and easy drinking.

On the aroma I get the mineral notes and Tropical fruit with a bit of grapefruit. That's complex enough for me! It does have good balance and finish is long. I almost find Mango or Papaya, a pretty good fruit mix on the finish. That's a first for me(Mangos and Papayas), but then I just started to enjoy white wines.

My wife also added a bit of the wine to the sauerkraut which made the kraut milder and a little sweeter. It made the pairing so much better.

I don't know why I even bought this wine when I did. I think it was just because the label looked so elegant and the name "Barons de Rothschild Bordeaux Reserve Speciale" sounds so expensive.
But, this was only a $12 wine, a very good $12 wine.
Paired well with my pork chops and sauerkraut and looking forward to trying with some of the wife's summer chicken recipes or a light white fish dinner.


The Wine Whore said...

The name definitely makes it sound like one of those hoity-toity collectors bottles of French wine. I have been looking for a good white Bordeaux to try and this one sounds like one I would love! Thank you Joe for the great review!

Shelly said...

2 weeks huh? I would be really interested in a follow up with a newbottle and see which is better. Or maybe you have supreme preserving skills...or the wife does. Just goes to show that what we think is true (throw wine out after a couple days) isn't always.

joeshico said...

Hoity-toity! That's the word I was looking for. You're absolutely right Randy, and that's probably why I bought it.
It sure did surprise me Shelly. She did cork it well, but normally after 5 or 6 days I would expect rapid deterioration.

The Wino said...

I am also new to white wine, but you make this sound really good. I will check it out! Funny, my boyfriend makes fun of me when we go out and I want a glass of wine. I always have to ask..."so what was the most recently opened red wine?" guess I never even thought about white wine going bad...

Sue said...

I am so pleased you reviewed this wine as I have been hunting for information on it! Nick is doing a blog on the more affordable wines of Lafite and Mouton (eg Mouton Cadet - which we can get easily over here, but not the Lafite).

One thing that I didn't know that has turned up in my amateur hunting is that both Lafite and Mouton make a Cognac! It's rare, impossible to find and costs a fortune. Have you ever heard of it Joe?