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Blind Tasting Review: Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2011

by Sheila Whittaker on April 22, 2013

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Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.

Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…


Sebastien Le Goff is the service director and sommelier at Cactus Club Café. Before meeting him for this review, I’d only known him by reputation … he’s kind of a big deal. In addition to working in some very fine rooms over the years (db bistro moderne in Singapore, Uva Wine Bar, Lumiere and Feenies, Cin Cin), he also judges wine for a variety of competitions and racks up the awards (inducted into BC’s Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2012, 2008 Western Living Sommelier of the Year, 2006 ISG Sommelier of the Year, 2006 Vancouver International Wine Festival Sommelier of the Year). Yet he’s so gracious and lovely in person you’d never know you were sitting across from a local wine celebrity.

Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2011

ABV: 12%

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Country/Region: Bordeaux, France

Winemaker: Vins et Vignobles Dourthe 

Appearance: Clear, clean, pale yellow, greenish hue.

Nose: Medium+ intensity. Young and fresh, very lively. Gooseberry, asparagus, leafy, freshly cut grass. Fresh citrus, lime and lemon, grapefruit oil.

Palate: Fresh, medium+ acidity, alcohol around 13 per cent — average. Medium length, dry finish. Clean, well-made. Chalky on the palate, lemon curd/lemon zest on the finish.

Assessment of Quality: Well-balanced, not too modified. Meant to be drunk young. Great with BC halibut.

Further Comments Upon Reveal: Better quality than I remember. Fresh, lively and delicious for the price. A good alternative to Loire Valley and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Now, if only they could bottle the wine under screw cap!

Availability: Select private liquor stores and restaurants

Pricing: $14.99

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Scott F April 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

A true professional.

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