Mini-reviews 165: The “wine business disappoints again” edition
Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting. Look for it on the fourth Friday of each month. This month, four wines that remind us how far wine has fallen.
• Biscaye Baie Sauvignon Blanc 2021 ($10, purchased, 11.5%): This was, as recently as the previous vintage, close to a Hall of Fame wine. The 2021, though, is sour, unripe and has little Gascon or sauvignon blanc character. A huge disappointment. Imported by Aquitane Wine USA
• Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum 2021 ($10, purchased, 11.5%): A once great cheap producer has become private label plonk for Total Wine. Tart and unripe and not much else. Sigh. Imported by Saranty Wines
• Chauvet Freres Morgon Côte du Py 2020 ($14, purchased, 14.5%) This might be a Trump tariff wine, where the alcohol was pumped up to avoid the 25 percent duty. Because it barely tastes like Beaujolais -- some berry fruit and spice, but so heavy that it mostly just sits in the glass and stares back at you. Imported by Sera Imports
• Château Petit Roubié Picpoul de Pinet 2020 ($15, purchased, 13%): Welcome to the post-modern wine world -- too much money for ordinary wine (at best). Thin in the back, with very little picpoul character. Imported by Misa Imports
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