Archive for ‘Fumé Blanc’

June 30, 2015

Clos du Soleil Fumé Blanc, 2014

Another winner from CdS. Pitch perfect Sem-Sauv Bl blend. Attractive, intriguing, hugely refreshing. Witness the empty bottle: This was certainly not re-corked and retired to the fridge.


Stony, steely minerals soften to a most appealing tangy fruit, think loganberries or gooseberries or currants. I did not get the strong hit of tropical fruit but there is a tart citrus pith on the palate. More SB than Sem but up against much of the Oz regulars at BC Liquor this wins hands down.


I will buy it over and over again given the price point. But who likes Fumé Blanc? The average plonker would prefer non-descript Pinot Grigio probably shipped over to Italy in a tanker. That’s the crime.


Price: $20 at Mud Bay. Thanks for having it in stock Mud Bay.


Market Liquidity: Good to the last drop.

May 8, 2012

Clos du Soleil Fumé Blanc, 2010

Full disclosure: I bought this wine because of excellent reviews.  Or, wait, that’s not entirely true.  Lots of wine gets good reviews and it doesn’t faze me.  Witness Cloudy Bay; good wines for years with not too much fanfare then LVMH takes over and all of a sudden every vintage is 92 points.  (And what about Cape Mentelle?  Our liquor board, in all its wisdom, discontinued what I always considered was one of the finest bottles from Western Oz…)  No, I bought the CdS FB because not only does it get consistently good reviews it sells out.  As in you can’t get it, period.

And, thus, my friends, is what you find in BC: Not bad wines, pretty good wines, better than average wines generate buzz and hoopla and people with too much cash pay top dollar for wines that, were they made in, say, New Zealand or Chile or Australia, would not be much buzzed about at all.

The CdS FB is good, no avoiding that.  I can’t say too much more than that.  (Great label? Yes, I could say that.)  It’s not brilliant.  It’s acid, steely, highly, highly reminiscent of the gun metal of Semillon, it has citrus and some strong notes of strawberry.  That’s right, strawberry: But our flavour profile was markedly different than the reviews we read in the press though.  Most telling however was that we got no “smoke” or oak as you get in fume blanc, which in fact defines fume blanc, and that was a little perverse for, yes, a fume blanc.

Was it drinkable?  It was lovely, a wonderful late spring sipper.  Was it worth the price, or the hassle to get it?  Not for a second.

Price: Well good luck finding any, but we got the last three bottles at Legacy for $28.75 a pop.

Market Liquidity: This is a $19 bottle of wine masquerading as something better.