2018/2020 Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Veran, Prélude:
This Chardonnay comes from 4 locations where the grapes ripened early. The winemaker waits for the instant the fruit is just ripe, but still balanced, before picking. Exhibiting aromas of pear, blanched almonds, white flowers and peach, the Saint-Véran Prélude is medium to full-bodied, with a soft core of fruit, lively acids and a saline finish. This is a delicious wine that is very easy to love, with just enough weight and richness in the middle. A smart wine that will not disappoint.
Try with seafood risotto or pasta with mushrooms. Serving suggestion: Open 1 hour before drinking.
2019 Herencia Altes, Serra Blanc, Terra Alta DO:
This great white wine is only made in the best vintages. The Serra Blanc comes from the old vineyard estate of Garnatxa Blanca, the treasure of Terra Alta. Pungent aromas of wax, apricot, peach, spices and lemon peel. In the mouth, it’s fresh with a lot of concentration and minerality. Dense and creamy, with a persistent finish. Very elegant.
White Grenache is particularly well suited to richly-spiced dishes, whether they be of Moroccan, Spanish, Indian or Asian origin. Just remember not to go too spicy with the heat or it will feel too alcoholic! Serving suggestion: Serve lightly chilled.
2020 Bruno Giacosa, Roero, Arneis:
‘The Giacosa family does a great job with its high-end wines and its entry-level products alike. The 2020 Roero Arneis is a great example of a wine that knocks out simplicity while maintaining a great sense of inner freshness and complexity. This was a great vintage for the popular Arneis white grape that shows a wide range of tropical perfumes with papaya, citrus and Williams pear.’
93 points Robert Parker
The ‘Arneis’ white grape variety is native to Piedmont. This wine bursts with soft citrus characters, pineapples and peaches with a zesty, mineral acidity.
Pair with antipasti, white fish, pasta, asparagus and vegetarian dishes. Serving suggestion: Remove from fridge and open 1 hour before drinking.