What We’re Drinking: Jon & French Whites Show Case





With the introduction of our new three bottle showcases coupled with the warmer weather, last week I ended up buying the French Whites Show Case with the knowledge we had people coming over to mine for an all-day glutinous feast of seafood.

As a business we were initially a little sceptical about creating these 'Show Cases' given the multitude of fantastic wines available on our list. Highlighting a specific three seemed a little harsh to the rest given the care in which we have hand-picked each and every one; however these cases are merely a reflection of some of the wines we find interesting, are worthy of exploration and illustrate our variety.

And so to the French Whites Show Case!

Much has been said and written by the CellarVie Wines team when it comes to the Domaine Trotignon Touraine Sauvignon 2010, but that is simply because it is a Sancerre beater and an absolute belter. For value for money you really do struggle to beat this wine and I was keen to introduce some friends to it. If you are yet to try this wine, it is as crisp and fresh in flavour as anything you get at the same price. Additionally, this is a wine that is perfect on with food but equally so on its own.

The Rare Vineyards Marsanne Viognier was of real interest to my eager weekend wine drinking friends and I. Not one of them had heard of Marsanne before and to be honest I can't recall ever trying one myself, but the fact it is blended with Viognier - a favourite grape variety of mine and a growing number of UK wine drinkers - meant that I was sure it was going to be right up my street. It didn't disappoint! Geographically this wine is nurtured in Languedoc-Roussillon however it is a Rhone variety blend. On the nose it had honeysuckle aromas, un-oaked it was packed with citrus fruit and peaches on the palate. Again perfect alone or with food and we drank this far too easily alongside shellfish; it went perfectly.

The last of the three was always going to be a hit and the award winning J Moreau et fils Petit Chablis was certainly just that. In case you aren't aware Chablis wines are made from Chardonnay and this one is very similar to its more famous Grand Cru brother, the only difference being that this is a little lighter; perfect for the sole that accompanied it! Not overpowering, it is dry, light and extremely drinkable. Very inoffensive (for want of a better word), it is packed with lemon flavours and there is slight minerality about it. If anything I would have refrigerated it slightly longer as I'm sure it would have been even better had it been colder still.

If you're adventurous with your wines (like me) yet still not convinced despite my ramblings, for a limited time only new customers can save £5 on this case using the promo code save5.
 
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
 
Christopher - Don Jacobo Rioja Rosado 2009 
Ben - Beronia Crianza Rioja 2008 
Sophie - Riesling Marlborough 2010, Vidal 
Simon -  Cono Sur Single Block Visión Riesling  
Jon - Château Les Justices 2005  
Charlotte - Rare Vineyards, Cinsault Rosé, 2011 
Christopher - Château Piochet 2009, Bordeaux Rouge  
Ben - Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2009  
Sophie - Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blanc   
Ben - Hendricks Gin  
Simon - Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 
Jon - Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes  
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007  
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn  
Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc  
Ben - Flagstone Longitude 
Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 
Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 
Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 
Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 
Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  
Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 
Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 
Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 
Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009 
 
Why not let us know what you are drinking by posting your comments in the section below or post photos of you enjoying a nice glass of wine on our Facebook page...    
 

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