There’s that steely core that keeps things so bright, fresh and juicy and a mouth-filling combination of flowery, apricot wonders in a rich style, all down to a little oak and stirring of the lees. (Dammit, I’m trying to remove wine making references to make these recommendations more welcoming to the non-geek, but there you have it, lees stirring adding complexity to the flavour. Its the only way to explain it.) It is not a ‘classic’ Chablis style but I adore the oak-led richness more so than the ‘pure ‘n lean’ style. I first encountered the Garnier Grains Dores back in July 2015 at a rather marvellous Chablis and Food event where it matched with a fancy scallop dish beautifully, but any shellfish and grilled fish type dish should work superbly too.
The 2013 vintage of Domaine Garnier Grains Dores is available from Sommiliers Choice for £20 a bottle.
Garnier Grains Dores Chablis 2012
“We have chosen to create a cuvee as we felt it should be made. Going outside the boundaries of a classical vinification , this cuvee from the Côte de Charmoy terroir, has had 30 months of maturation before being bottled. Alternating between Barrels and tanks, the wine was lightly stirred in order to extract the best lees character. Domaine Garnier“