It’s still summer (even if the calendar says September) so I opened a bottle of le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc—a château whose wines I haven’t tried for some years but remember favorably. (My colleague and our publisher David Honig reviewed the 2010 in June.)  Yes, still a favorable wine. (“Jaja” is a local term in Roussillon to refer to everyday wine. Elsewhere it might be called a vin du pays.) It has a light nose, with fresh, sweet herbs. At first it feels light on the palate, but it settles into a solidly medium mouththfeel. Citrusy, too, with a somewhat short finish and a moderate amount of acidity around the edges through the end. Only 11.5% alcohol, but this wine acquires more depth with foods such as salads and fish. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Château de Jau
WHAT: Sauvignon Blanc
WHERE: Roussillon, France
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $8 (Media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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