Varietal/Style: Blanc Du Bois
Origin: Bush, LA
John V. Seago
Retail Price: $9.50
Notes: A rare find, this Blanc Du Bois, a
Floridian hybrid grape that was created to emulate the flavors of Alsace
in the swampy, Southern climate. The nose is one of the most complex
we've recently encountered, although we're not sure if this is a characteristic
of the varietal, or a testament to the winemaking team. As the wine
opened, it showed secondary layers of Muscat grapes, honeysuckle and
beach grass. Flavors are a little flat, the mouthfeel a little too flabby,
but overall, the wine offers a nice experience for the price and a pleasant
surprise. Bravo! (Date tasted 01/28/01)
While most food and wine industry insiders believe in the promotion
of regional products, this is a winery that makes the philosophy
its livelihood. Founded in 1991, the winery's sole purpose was to
create regionally distinct wines to accompany Louisiana cooking.
Toward this goal, the winery has earned a reputation for producing
some of the finest wines in the South by focusing on varietals that
thrive in the distinct Louisiana climate, including twentieth century
hybrids such as Blanc Du Bois, Norton and Vidal Blanc.
81250 Old Military Rd.
City: Bush, LA
Web site: www.pontchartrainvineyards.com