“Promptly flavoursome, fragranced with white flowers, spices and dried stone fruits, the wine brings a little ginger to poached crayfish (with aioli), soft shell crab (deep-fried with cumin and cayenne), crisply topped pork belly (flavoured with star anise gravy), thinly sliced turkey or even breaded veal escalopes.”
Terras da la Baume Viognier-Chardonnay 2010 is not a hugely expensive wine (A&A wines list it at £9.99 a bottle, though you have to buy 12) but is packed with flavour. The notes don’t give specifics of the grape mix but do mention that the Chardonnay has seen a little oak…
“Maximising a sense of freshness, producers at La Baume were one of the first to pick grapes at night, protecting the harvest from the terrific Languedoc sun. Here, a little toasted oak acts as outline to the ginger and aprict scented Viognier and buttery Chardonnay blend. It is perhaps worth noting althoughincreasingly popular now, Viognier once faced extinction, its acreage reduced to only eight in the mid-1960s. Best served 10-12C.”
I loved this wine. In retrospect I should have mentioned it as my Wine of the Year rather than picking a grape variety (Pecorino). Although the Donnafugata Ben Rye and the red’s from Chene Bleu would be a better choice – if rather more expensive.