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.