Tuesday, February 10, 2009

$10 Tuesday: White Bordeaux

Fruity, clean, and crisp: That about sums up this Mouton Cadet Bordeaux 2007. Chateau Mouton Rothschild sells 15 million bottles of Mouton Cadet annually. Most of it is for export. Apparently, they commissioned a consumer survey in 2003 in which they learned that the consumer wanted a more fruit driven wine; and that is what they've delivered with this wine.

We found pear, honeydew, and lemon on the nose. There is also the most subtle hint of mushroom, or is it smoke... (smoked mushroom, perhaps) but, it's really subtle--hardly worth mentioning.

The palate is clean with a crisp attack, pleasant citrus notes, and a hint of mineral on the finish. A little more mineral would have been nice. This is an easy, versatile white wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. We had it with thai peanut spring rolls over the weekend. We also served it with lemon spaghetti with shrimp in a tomato, garlic, caper sauce. The acidity in this wine holds up nicely. There is really nothing to dislike in this wine. A solid performance.


john witherspoon said...

no smiley rating?

Taster B said...

can't quite give it a smiley...perhaps I'm just biased but, even though it's a solid wine just knowing that there are several million bottles of this wine that taste exactly the same is not a plus point for me. ;)

Roland Hulme said...

Oh, this is good stuff. Strangely enough, it's price $8.99 at our local store and when we lived in England, it was £8.99 - at last year's exchange rate, exactly DOUBLE the price!

I love white Bordeaux and it's crisp, acidic and goes well with a variety of food or as an apero. Mouton Cadet is almost like the French version of the California wines - a reliable plonk with solid performance that you can pick up almost anywhere.

As a fan of cheaper wine, I'd certainly give this a thumb's up.

Taster B said...

Nice you see you back Roland! :) Wow, I think I paid closer to $9.99...just goes to show you, the NH State Liquor store isn't really any cheaper (unless your state has a 10%+ tax rate on alcohol).
...I hear MA will be imposing a tax on candy, alcohol and soda in 2009--no idea how much it will be.