We love a bold label and this brand of wines produced by Boutinot, really caught our attention. In fact, all the 'Pour Le Vin' wines have eye catching labels and equally fun names. For example, their 'Zut Alors!' Chardonnay, which is a direct homage to a common French proclamation of shock and exasperation. The tradition carries on with their 'Froid de Canard' Sauvignon Blanc, which gets its name from the French idiom for frustration when it's cold outside. Not only does this saying suit us just fine considering the Canadian winters we battle, but it's also great for this French white that's best served chilled!
This Sauvignon Blanc has a Vin de France designation, which is the tier of French wine that is also commonly known as 'Vin de Pay' (VDP) and is equivalent to IGP designations in other countries. This turn of phrase doesn't indicate lesser quality though. Vin de France wines are sometimes blends, but can also include the most popular varietals, like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Many Vin de France wines are excellent representations of their varietal and perfect for sharing with friends and family over lively dinners. Wines within this designation are often, and intended to be, fruit-forward and made for early consumption. No need to cellar; Froid de Canard is ready to be enjoyed now at a chilled 7-8 C.
Pale, crystal yellow, with slightly golden edges. Fairly subtle colour, but very beautiful and shiny.
All the classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics we love. Lemon zest, nettles, and fresh sweet grass are all here. The herbaceous qualities are subtle but present, think ripening green peppers, and matched with a steely background. Pyrazines are the secret weapon to Sauv Blanc's distinct character; they are chemical compounds that provide the gooseberry, pepper, and grassy aromas.
If there ever was a truly 'crushable' wine, this is it! We can hardly believe how fast this bottle disappeared when we opened it up. A very enjoyable palate of citrus flavours like grapefruit pith, lemon flesh, and lime. The acid is nicely balanced and not at all overpowering the herbaceous qualities of capsicum and wet grass. The lighter notes really shine here, as this isn't as herbaceous as other Sauvignon Blancs you may have tried before. This is a very enjoyable wine to sip, that will easily suit many occasions!
This versatile white has our mind racing with pairing options. Appetizers of Kalamata olives, Tabbouleh, or fried calamari, would be a great way to start. If you're looking for more, try ravioli with a pea pesto sauce or goat cheese stuffed chicken with a side of basil risotto.