Pouilly-Fuisse, Chateau de Chaintre, Burgundy, France
This estate is owned by the Paquet family who have been making wine in Pouilly-Fuissé since 1957. Yannick Paquet is in charge here and he makes the wine in a very fresh style, with only a small portion of the wine seeing any oak ageing, just enough to give a little richness but not for oaky flavours. The fruit is all handpicked, and the vineyards are farmed organically. Delicious with poached salmon or simple grilled fish dishes.
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Category: White Wine Tags: Chardonnay, France, white wine
Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay
Former winemaker at Howard Park and Madfish, Michael struck out on his own when his dream vineyards in the key quality region of Wilyabrup came up for sale. With more than 30 years of winemaking under his belt, and 12 years going solo with Hay Shed Hill, this man is one of the most experienced, respected and revered winemakers in Australia - and rightly so. He likens Margaret River`s climate to "Bordeaux in a perfect year", and attributes the region's success to its maritime climate, meaning a low diurnal range, very important in a country that is known for its extremes in temperature, and pretty much everything else! Michael explains. "I make single vineyard and single block wines because they express a particular character - otherwise what`s the point?" All of the vines are dry farmed and made from free run juice only. The vineyards are around 20 years old and they are all farmed organically, but without certification. The Chardonnay sees 25% new oak and represents the `modern Australian Chardonnay`, in the words of its maker. Fun fact. There is a higher annual rainfall in Margaret River than in London!A great match for poached salmon with a buttery sauce
Bandol Rose, Domaine de Suffrene
At Domaine La Suffrene, Cedric Gravier makes exceptional wines and is fast becoming one of the stars of the region. This rose is a bend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Slightly richer and fuller in style to Rose from the Cotes de Provence further inland, this really comes alive with food. Imagine garlicky prawns from the grill, grilled tuna with tomatoes and olive oil...imagine you're on the Cote d'Azur, sitting in a restaurant overlooking the Mediteranean with Bouillabaisse!
‘Chiaraluna’ Viognier, Muralia
Muralia is a beautiful organic winery in the Maremma region of Tuscany, owned and run by Stefano Casali, who is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to wine!This is a very elegant Viognier, with clean, pure stone fruit flavours and without the heaviness that sometimes comes with that grape. One of the best expressions of Viognier I've ever tasted (from anywhere!).Absolutely delicious with poached salmon or lobster.
Pouilly-Fume ‘Pierre-Louis’, Domaine Landrat-Guyollot
Sophie Guyullot makes classic Pouilly-Fume from her organically farmed vineyards. The quality here is exceptional; everything you could ever want from Loire Sauvignon Blanc.Perfect with simple fish dishes and shellfish salads
Chablis 1er Cru ‘Cote de Lechet’ 2018, Gerard Tremblay
Gerard Tremblay is one of Chablis' most admired winemakers and this 1er Cru shows just why. Much richer than his (already delicious) village level wine, this has real depth and complexity and the finish is much longer. Gerard's wines go into some of the World's top restaurants, and you can see why when you taste this; there is nothing showy or modern (oaky) here, just pure elegance and class. Perfect for shellfish dishes (I seem to remember first having one of Gerard's 1er Cru wines with Langoustines in a creamy sauce at La Gavroche mmmm) as well as making simple grilled fish into a special occasion.
Chenin Blanc, Beaumont Wines
This farm, known as Compagnes Drift, was an outpost for the Dutch East India Company until the middle of the 18th Century. Jayne and her late husband, Raoul, liberated themselves from the co-operative system in 1994, electing to refurbish their rustic cellar (last used forty years before), to produce and bottle under their own label.This version of Chenin is light and fresh (unoaked), but with real flavour and personality. A great alternative to Sauvignon and more food-friendly.Highly versatile with food, great with all salady things as well as more robust fish, chicken and pork dishes.
‘O Rosal’, Terras Gauda
Terras Gauda was the first Galician winery to really make me think that World class wines could be produced here. Their vineyards are located in the subzone of O Rosal on the terraces that rise steeply above the river Miño which divides Spain from Portugal. This wine is a selective blend of the best Albariño grapes in the O Rosal subzone, mixed with the indigenous Loureira and Caiño Blanco, it is greenish-yellow, evoking white flowers and green plums on the nose and filling out on the palate with fresh grape and apple compote flavours as well as peach kernel. Edged with superb acidity and a bristling minerality this reminds me of a cross between really good Riesling and Premier Cru Chablis.The perfect wine for seafood, salads or simple fish dishes.
‘Lo Vielh’ Old Vine Carignan, Clos de Gravillas
Clos de Gravillas is an organic estate based in the tiny hamlet of St Jean de Minervois, deepin the Languedoc countryside. Here, John and Nicole Bojanowski make some of the region's most interesting wines. The Carignan vines that make this wine are from a high gravelly vineyard and are over 100 years old. This gives the wine real character, as if the vines have soaked up the minerals of the earth and the flavours of the surrounding Garrigue. This is a dark, powerful wine that is a perfect match for slow roasted, herby meats. Unique and beautiful, this is Southern French wine at it's best.