Looking for something new to sip this weekend? Vine Lore, our local partner’s in the wine biz, have two recommendations to liven up your new year. Both selections come from France’s famed Burgundy region and The Albert Bichot family. The family has been in the Burgundy business for 6 generations and dates back to the 1400’s leading to an unbeatable reputation, not to mention a certain savoir-faire! Vine Lore provided the following info and tasting notes:
Domaine Long Depaquit Chablis
Chablis is found in the northernmost area of Burgundy and produces only white wine. Monks first planted grapes there in the 12th century. They have harsh cold winters and hot summers. The soil is predominantly limestone lending to Chablis characteristic minerality and crispness. Most Chablis are fermented and aged in stainless-steel tanks.
Tasting notes: This Chablis’ crystalline limpidity and its pale yellow colour with light green highlights tell a great deal about its character which is bursting with mineral precision and finesse. Very pure nose that is typical of Chablis (white flowers, flint) opens up to a palate that boasts an elegant combination of almond notes and lovely vivacity.
Serving suggestions: This Chablis is best matched with classic dishes. Enjoy its refreshing notes as an aperitif served with smoked salmon on toast. During the meal, discover this wine’s generosity by pairing it with raw, firm-fleshed oysters.
Serving and keeping: Serve between 48° and 51°F to enjoy all of this wine’s freshness and minerality. An easy-drinking wine that would be best to drink in the next 3 to 5 years.
Albert Bichot Macon Villages
Mâconnais is the southernmost area of Burgundy and produce only white wines. The weather is warmer than that of Chablis, in fact the grapes are harvested a full 2 weeks earlier. The warmer climate makes wines that are well structured with notes of ripe stone-fruits, honeysuckle and citrus peel. Mâcon-Villages is considered by many to be a great value for this pleasant, uncomplicated wine. Most Mâconnais are stainless-steel fermented and aged.
Tasting notes: This Mâcon Villages has a lovely pale straw yellow robe. The nose exhales beautiful acacia and honeysuckle floral notes on a slightly mineral background. The mouth is lively, fruity and floral with a refreshing finale.
Serving suggestions: With a meal, this white Mâcon village will beautifully match shellfish, seafood and white meats. Savour it with scallops with hazelnut, creamed chicken or with stuffed peppers. As for cheese, we suggest dry cheese such as gruyere or goudas. Equally good with fruit or chocolate-based desserts. Serving and keeping: Serve at 53°F . Drink now or keep 3 to 5 years
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