28/11/2010 – French Quarter, Sauvignon Blanc 2009

French Quarter, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, France
Two bottles lined up this week: both Sauvignon Blanc, both 2009s, and both part of Asda’s ‘three for 12’ offer. These two Sauvignons sum up the style of the commercial Sauvignon offering at the moment: the French wine is very fresh, with that bright fruit and herbal edge that is very expressive and a little bit ‘New Worldy’, but then the very light, crisp, dry palate with its lemon and herb flavours is much more true to its European roots. It is a touch dilute – being picked early to acheive those aromatics means it has only 11% alcohol. The other wine, the from New Zealand, is hallmark, if rather obvious Marlborugh SB: lots more tropicality, lots more green notes, lots more texture and body and a dollop of residual sugar. Neither wine is worth its supposed ‘usual price’ but on the current offer you can choose whichever style floats your Sauvignon boat. French Quarter is 6.97, Koru is 8.99, but both part of Asda’s ‘three for 12’ deal until 6th December 2010.