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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