Fantastic French Wine & CheeseBy: Todd Templin | Director of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: May 16, 2012
Château Graville-Lacoste 2010 Graves
Semillon is the primary grape in this brilliantly crisp and dry white with a good dose of Sauvignon Blanc added as well. This property is operated by Hervé Dubourdieu whose family has owned and meticulously run the estate since 1890.
Mas de Daumas Gassac 2010 Blanc
A rare blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, and Petit Manseng, it is full of tropical fruits, exotic spice, and complexity. Established in 1970, this property has been described as “the Lafite of the Languedoc” due in part to a particular red soil discovered in the vineyards that shares many characteristics of the great estates of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Unoaked, this unique white with its great mineral backbone is perfect paired with prawns, scallops, or most cheese plates.
Mas de la Dame 2011 Les Baux de Provence Rosé
A sure sign that spring is in full gear is the arrival of the new rosés, which are not to be confused with sweet pink wine; rather, they are beautifully dry and vibrant. This certified organic producer from the south of France makes a delicious, dry, lip-smacking good wine for nearly any occasion. Excellent with some fresh tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and basil, a roasted chicken, or some cheese and a French Baguette.
Domaine Guindon 2010 Muscadet
A white wine from the chalky soils along the Loire that is both incredibly light and well textured at the same time. Fantastic nuances of pears and smoky minerals in the nose with a light-medium bodied mid-palate with lemon-lime and sea salt flavors. Amazing when paired with either shrimp cocktail or a bowl of clams.