230 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE CHÂTEAU D’ARMAJAN DES ORMES SAUTERNES 2011 A.O.C. Sauternes, France #147090 $26.29 This is the most reasonably priced Sauternes in the LDB system, and it is from one the best vintages for Sauternes. (If money is no object, you can go straight for the top with a Château d’Yquem for $500, for instance.) But for the money this one is very good. The rich nose displays honey, orange zest/marmalade, some apricot and a bit of floral. The palate picks up that honey and citrus/tropical fruit with layers of light caramel and raisins. It has a long, balanced and slightly creamy finish with a good streak of acidity to keep it refreshing. Interesting food pairings run to salty and savoury. A classic is a tangy Roquefort or other blue cheese, but for those who are not fans, try a French pâté with crusty bread KIM CRAWFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 Marlborough, NZ #958504 $17.99 From a well-known producer that was bought out by Canadian conglomerate Vincor some years back (in turn bought out by Constellation Brands) this wine has citrus (lemon), a bit of green grass, herbs and stone fruit on nose. Citrus, guava and gooseberry and mineral show on its lively long palate. It finishes crisp and clean. Again, think seafood like scallops or a white fish like halibut in lemon sauce, or Indian food. KONO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 Marlborough, NZ #58032 $15.99 This bargain of a New Zealand style has a nose of green peach, lime and white floral notes. The flavours are intense green apple, a bit of gooseberry mixed with tropical passion fruit and green mango with a bite of grassy lime on the finish. Wine Spectator has awarded it 90 points. The same food pairings for the Kim Crawford will work well here too. ROBERT MONDAVI FUMÉ BLANC 2014 Napa Valley #221887 $22.99 Dry and racy in acidity, this rightly famous wine has a vivid nose of lemon citrus, melon, some stone fruit and wet stone with a bit of grassiness. The zesty flavours are more lemon-lime, peach pit and green apple mixed with some tropical fruit and gooseberry. To my mind it is still among the best of this style on the market and a worthy alternative to the NZ version. It rates 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast. Roast chicken, pork, salmon or halibut will be enhanced by it.
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