Chateau Dubois Challon Fleur Amandine 2008, white Bordeaux AC
Grapes - Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Sémillon (45%) and Muscadelle (5%)
Appearance - clear and bright medium plus intensity lemon colour. Some visible tears and a watery rim.
Nose - clean and youthful with medium intensity of ripe but fresh stone fruits resembling apricots, some lemon interlaced with floral and mineral hints.
Palate - bone dry, medium plus tart acidity, a very low level of some bitter tannins, a medium minus alcohol level and body. Much different from the nose with medium minus flavour intensity, mainly focused on the citrus fruit, unripe apricots, some sour green apple, a touch of stony minerality and an almondy undertone. Medium length.
Conclusions (14/20) - Acceptable quality, it has a very nice aromatic profile, but it fails to follow up to the palate, which is showing some unripe, green fruit notes that heighten the acidity feel. Quite unbalanced and in need of mellowing components, maybe time could take care of it but I'm uncertain of that as the austere fruit concentration doesn't seem enough. Drink now as a refreshing shellfish companion, if you stock some.
Approximate retail price - €14
I reckon that some people would just find it impossible to bare this wine's tartness, some gulfs just remind you of licking a lemon, I just happen to have a high tolerance for acidity and find it quite useful for some dishes, therefore my reasonably high note to this wine.