Chenin Blanc

July 25th, 2009 by Jeff

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Wines featured in today’s show:

  • Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc 2008   (~$9)
  • Baumard Crémant de Loire Brut  (~$20)
  • Château de Valmer Vouvray 2004  (~$13)
  • Château Pierre-Bise Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu 2000  (~$20)

Recommended food pairings from The Som:

How fun is this!  I’m not sure we’ve ever done a more diverse group of white wines on this show, and they are all from the same grape:  Chenin Blanc.  We’re really just scratching the surface, as France’s Loire Valley has many regions and styles.

South Africa’s Robertson Chenin Blanc with it’s crisp, medium body and citrus notes would work great with most seafood dishes, fried fish, or chicken.  It makes a nice alternative to those of you tired of Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

Baumard Cremant de Loire is one my favorite less expensive sparklers.  Perfect for Mother’s Day brunch, quiche’s, or bathing in (if you’re into that kind of thing).  But be careful…remember that the late Natalie Wood claimed to have burned private parts of her body bathing in Champagne.

Valmer Vouvray is a great, inexpensive, everyday wine.  Use it with richer foods that may have a touch of spice.  Jeff and I enjoyed the heck out of it with some salami sandwiches after the show.

The most kick-ass version of Chenin we enjoyed was easily the Château Pierre-Bise.  If you are searching out consistently well made Coteaux du Layon (and you should be), Pierre-Bise should be the name you look for first.  Dense, rich, intense flavors of honey, apricot and way over-ripe apple.  The Layon River mists encourage Botrytis which concentrates the grape’s sugars and removes water from the grape itself leaving a nasty looking grape, but what little juice is left behind makes an unctuous, long lived wine.  The density and richness of this wine would appreciate something of an equal food pairing.  Try this recipe for duck confit on some crusty bread and a spread of spicy mustard.

One Response to “Chenin Blanc”

  1. Jason Willis Says:

    Hey Jeff…. just stumbled on this…..looks like a lot of fun….see you soon….Willis(QWSCO)

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