Vigneron En Pays De Retz
Chardonnay, 2009 France - $13.99
Aware that our wine knowledge primarily centers around California, we’re attempting to branch out and learn about wines from other regions. While a visit to the mother country is probably the only real way to start to grasp French wines, our imminent home renovations are forcing us learn about them from afar (namely with affordable bottles at home on a Saturday night). Tonight, we tried the Eric Chevalier Vigneron En Pays De Ratz 2009 Chardonnay as an accompaniment to our shrimp cocktail appetizer. Thadd’s immediate comment was, “this doesn’t taste like Chardonnay.” Indeed, this wine is completely unoaked, with crisp, grapefruit flavors. It is fairly light and tart, and almost fizzes in your mouth.
While we weren’t blown away by this wine, we found it drinkable with both our shrimp and our artichoke-crusted salmon (a Todd English recipe). We also found that it opened up a bit as we drank it, so take your time and enjoy!
A&T Ranking: 7/10