Being late stresses me out. I’m one of those people who turn up to the airport so early they are almost in time for the previous day’s flight. Clearly, I am turning/have turned into my parents who like to catch the train before the first one timetabled on any connecting journey, “in case the crew doesn’t turn up,” as my dad once put it. He’s an optimist. Unfortunately two of my travelling companions on this week’s work trip to Bordeaux turned out to be still more time-jittery so that even after an unscheduled ice-cream-and-seaside-stroll stop we had almost three hours to kill at the teeny-weeny airport.
Predictably, we headed for the bar. Predictably, the three guys ordered beer, which I didn’t want.
Airport white wine? Airport red? Water?
There was no gin.
Hmmm. I was about order a giant packet of Pringles and call that it when Dog pointed to the white that was being served by the glass.
“Well that’s all right.”
Well that was. It was a sauvignon blanc made from Bordeaux grapes by the big negociant Dourthe. Bordeaux sauvignon blanc is much overlooked. Those who don’t know about it tend to buy sauvignon from the Loire, New Zealand, Chile….almost anywhere else in preference. Those who do tend to be wary because the styles can be very different – sometimes blended with semillon, sometimes not; sometimes oaked, sometimes not so that you don’t always know what you’re getting. “Hard to sell,” say merchants – which also means, “good value.”
As it happens there’s a Dourthe sauvignon blanc in Waitrose*. As it happens it’s on special offer at the moment and like the glass I drank in the airport, it’s very good. Clean and fresh (no oak here), quite frisky, tangy like granny smith apples, white grapefruits and sherbet lemons. A real brain-rinser. Good out of airports as well as in them.
*Sorry the first two wines on Planet Victoria are both from the same shop. I had a Tesco wine scheduled for today but the conjunction of the special offer and the airport experience elbowed it out of the way.
Dourthe La Grande Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2010/11 Bordeaux, France (12.5%, £6.39 down from £7.99 until 24 July, Waitrose)