Bouké White (Long Island)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 | Long Island, New York, White Wine, Wines Under $20

I’m not a huge fan of Long Island wines, and I’ll spare you my usual explanation of why. Suffice it to say, generally I think they taste weird and cost too much. That doesn’t mean I don’t try them, though. Last fall I received a sample bottle of Bouké 2007 White Table Wine ($18). (Don’t forget that sassy accent mark over the “e”). Since I was newly pregnant and not drinking, I stuck it in my wine fridge, waiting for early summer.

A couple of weeks ago I made some jerk-spiced chicken and grilled some garlic-scape-infused summer squash with it. (How’s that for fancy sounding?) I thought that this wine, a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Gris, 18% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Gewurztraminer, would pair well. While our dinner cooked outside, Drew uncorked the bottle and poured us each a glass. The nose was citrusy with a bit of tropical fruit there, too. Quite promising. I took a sip and gave myself a moment to think about the flavors and it hit me: this wine tasted like lemon-scented Mr. Clean. That sounds a lot worse than it was. It wasn’t entirely unpleasant, but Drew agreed that there was a vague cleanser taste to the wine and it was a little odd. Not a great start.

Luckily, with a little time and the glass and with the food, the wine was quite enjoyable. The flavor evolved to a nice cleanser-less citrus taste, combined with a little Granny Smith apple and bright acidity. The flavors mellowed even more the next day and it held up well. So all in all, I thought this was a fairly decent wine, though not one I’m sure I’d pay $18 for. Personally, there are other similar whites that I like better. If you’re looking specifically for a Long Island wine, though, this one would not be a bad pick.

4 Comments to Bouké White (Long Island)

Wine Club Guy
July 31, 2009

I agree with you that the average Long Island wine is vastly over-rated for the cost. A few of my friends that grew up there swear by their local merlot’s until they taste something coming from Napa or France at that same price point. That isn’t to say it’s necessarily bad wine, but they seem to be charging astronomical prices for the quality.

Mike Gee
January 13, 2010

We have had good success with Bouke wines. Our customers are pleasantly surprised (as you were) at the quality of the white table wine they produce. Just in case your readers wanted to know a little more about the vineyard and winemaker:

Lisa Donneson, a Long Island native who earned a Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, dedicated Bouké to the enjoyment of wine as an everyday sensory pleasure. Lisa has joined forces with award-winning winemaker Gilles Martin, known for his work in France and the U.S. as a consultant to Roederer, Delas-Frères, and Sherwood, to develop delicious, food-friendly Long Island wines ideal for casual entertaining.

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September 22, 2010

I try your brand really it is fantastic I am glad to visit your post. Thanks!

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February 17, 2011

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