There are times when my Bride is the catalyst for a wine discovery, as she was at The Fine Wine Source. I sometimes think that I am tolerated, but she is the Queen, when she is with me, after all she is the Royal Exchequer and that makes her very popular. We were sampling different wines and she must have had something distinct in her mind, as we had just tasted a couple of great Chardonnay wines, but she was looking for something more easy to drink and something to use as a springboard for some of her sisters from White Zinfandel and other sweet wines to something that she felt was more serious without being too heavy, as we attempt to proselytize the rest of the family members.
She was talking to the owner of the shop, with her thoughts and how she was trying to describe the wine that she had envisaged in her mind’s eye. Jim was listening to her, and immediately thought of a wine that we should both try. He described it as his house white wine when at home for just an easy drink, and my Bride’s ears perked up, in fact that could have become Mr. Spock’s ears as she was that geeked up. So, he grabbed a bottle that was chilling and poured us a couple of tastes.
Famille Sichel Bordeaux Blanc 2017 was the wine that was poured. Famille Sichel is a family owned negocient firm from 1883 in Bordeaux, as they were in the procurement process for their locations in Mainz, London and New York. In 1938 they even bought Chateau Palmer, which at the time had fallen on bad times and have since brought it back to all of its glory. The family does not believe in resting on their laurels as in 2001 they even built a completely new bottling and storage facility in the Bordeaux region. This particular bottle of wine is a blend of the two leading white grapes of Bordeaux, namely Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. I don’t think that I would be amiss to opine that this wine was aged in Stainless Steel as there was plenty of fruit and very refreshing. It starts off with a nose of citrus fruits and finishes with some terroir with a decent finish. I could tell that she was excited, and by the way, we started off with a case of it, just to make sure that we have some of it to enjoy.