This wine was served at our wine pairing dinner on Wednesday 27 June.
"This was an intriguing full-bodied wine, which appeared to be sweet on first taste, but then revealed its mineral core and elegant aftertaste. The grower, Christine Campadieu, explained that it is picked in mid-August to avoid it becoming overripe and alcoholic. It is a relative newcomer as Christine’s grandparents only produced Banyuls the famous Port like pudding wine, which is predominantly made from the Grenache grape."
"Reuilly is a small but fashionable Loire appellation of less than one square mile. Co-owner Matthieu Mabillot trained in Bordeaux, Napa and Barossa Valleys before returning home to work with brother Renaud on their 20 acres of vineyards. This is a gorgeous example of sauvignon blanc without the greenness of the New Zealand versions. It has the perfect combination of citric austerity with an aromatic backbone that excels with delicate fish, crustacea or oysters."
"Haynes Hanson and Clark have been selling Olivier Leflaive’s wines for more than 30 years and this is one of his most dependable. On first taste it drenches your palate with apricot notes, becoming honeyed in the aftertaste. From the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise just south of the more famous white Burgundy vineyards, Montagny offers real value for money, thanks to the perfectionism of Olivier Leflaive and Franck Grux, his head winemaker."
"Composed of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Roussanne grapes, it has a delightful aroma of wildflowers with the winning addition of a citrus aftertaste. This rare white wine is a perfect aperitif or a partner of seafood and salads."