FABULOUS LADIES REVIEW: Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blancs are still the most popular white wine in Australia, but it’s the land of the Kiwis that delivers most of it to our shores (and our glasses).
And while some Australian Sauvignon Blancs are catching up in popularity, France, the home of Sauvignon Blanc is somewhat forgotten about by regular Sauv Blanc drinkers.
How can it be that a girl can forget about France?!? C’est travesti! So we’re set to put it back on your radar.
French wines are becoming easier to source lately thanks to the strong Australian dollar and the economic turmoil in Europe. So there’s really no excuse not to start exploring the wonderful offerings from the homeland of our collectively favourite varietal.
This Henri Bourgeois ‘Petit Bourgeois’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is an excellent example of the well-priced good French stuff. From the Loire Valley, which produces the most prestigious and awarded Sauvignon Blanc in the world, the Petit Bourgeoise 2011 has all the delicious layers of typical Sauvignon Blanc flavours, without the punch-in-the-face tropical passionfruit kick or the oft-found ‘cats pee’ aftertaste.
The soils of the Loire Valley tend to produce wines with a decidedly minerally flavour, producing crisp and fresh Sauvignon Blancs as opposed to an overly fruity style and the Petit Bourgeois is true to form.
Henri Bourgeois specialise in only two varietals – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and have 120 small parcels of vines planted on the best slopes of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume in the Loire Valley.
Like your fantasy Frenchman, this Sauvignon Blanc is tight, lean and packed with citrus and floral aromas. Decidedly sensitive and understanding, without being overtly feminine.
It’s vivacious, exciting and fresh, and completely satisfying. It’s the subtlety of the flavours that are so welcome and more-ish, and leave you ready to enjoy the company of whoever you’re with – fantasy, or not.
This is screaming out for a classic Sole Meuniere (fish in butter and lemon), but would equally be at home with cuisine from the other side of the world – like a Thai-style chicken and coconut salad.
Price: Around $25.00 per bottle
Rating: 4/5 Great wine
Available from: Many large and specialty retailers.