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2008 Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc

January 29, 2010 - Norman Bentley
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The other night my wife had a meeting with a women's group and could not be home with me for dinner, but before she left, she prepared a small portion of my favorite casserole dish, Chicken Divine. The original of this recipe was, and is called Chicken Divan, but the dish my wife makes is from a version of this recipe created by my mother over fifty years ago. My mother was so famous for this recipe, that it was always requested at the church's covered dish suppers. It was so good that the name was changed to "Chicken Divine". For those of you who do not know Chicken Divan, it is a combination of cream sauce, broccoli, and chicken, with lots of cheese.

My only dilemma was what wine to enjoy with this "divine" dinner. I realized that I had a bottle of 2008 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Fume Blanc, which I had tasted and written about six months ago, and had vowed to re-taste after it had a little more bottle age. When I tasted it the first time it had just arrived in town and was only one year past hanging on the vine. At the time I had this to say. "I know that this wine is still young, and will probably improve with another six months, to a year, of bottle aging. The bouquet is bountiful, and leaps out of the glass to assail your senses with melon and citrus aromas which remind you of a flower garden on a hot summer night. The flavors swirl with melon, apricot, and lemongrass, which are rich in tone as they cascade into a crisp and lingering finish. The 2008 may be a little more austere than the 2007, and perhaps more Bordeaux in style than its predessor."

Now I don't know whether it was the wine or the casserole, but the combination of the two was simply"divine!" The Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc has definitely improved with a little more time in the bottle,and I found it to be quite delightful! The last time I tasted it, I had it with Shrimp Scampi, so I guess in order to compare apples to apples, I will have to get my wife Mary to prepare her fabulous Scampi, and I will have to taste this wonderful bottle of wine one more time! It is a tough job, but I think I am up to the challenge.

I score this wine at 90+.

Price is $11 to $14.

Norm

 
 

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