To start the year fresh and better dream of the return of spring, here are some white wines to brighten up your aperitifs.
My thirst for white wines has been growing for a good fifteen years. Yours too, if I trust the data from the SAQ’s last annual report. With reason ! Far from being the poor relatives of wine, white wines can be the source of great emotions. They are also much more versatile at the table than one might think – from aperitif to dessert – and sometimes benefit from resting in the cellar for a few years before reaching their full potential. Some are even suitable for a long or even very long guard.
Skeptical? Taste 10-year-old Muscadets. You will give me the news. In the meantime, here are five, from various backgrounds and in all price ranges, to bring a touch of lightness to your evenings.
De Gras, Fumé Blanc 2019, Reserva, Valle Central
1.4 g / L | ★★ 1/2 | $
SAQ code: 13283901
If “cutting your wine budget” was one of your New Year’s resolutions, this Chilean white wine could become your best ally. De Gras has carved out an enviable place on the shelves of the SAQ thanks to wines of exemplary quality and consistency. Their sauvignon blanc is dry and delicately scented. A good wine to go anywhere on weeknights.
Mullineux, Chenin blanc 2020, Kloof Street, Old Vine, Swartland
South Africa 13.5%
1.5 g / L | ★★★ | $$
SAQ code: 12889409
Andrea and Chris Mullineux have thoroughly explored the different types of Swartland soils since they settled there in 2007. Their “entry-level” Chenin Blanc comes from three plots, two of which are planted there. over 40 years ago. Everything is vinified with minimal input. At the opening, the 2020 presents a slight reduction; aeration brings the fruit back to the foreground. The texture is ample, nourished by working the lees and the wine offers good length. Perfect to accompany a stir-fry of curried vegetables.
Domaine de Mouscaillo, Limoux 2018
1.5 g / L – HVE | ★★★ 1/2 | $$ 1/2
SAQ code: 10897851
Limoux is located at the confluence of the Mediterranean and oceanic climates. The Fort family vineyard is part of the Roquetaillade terroir, the coldest and wettest in the Limoux appellation, perched at an altitude of 400 m. The 2018 smells a little more buttery than the last vintages tasted, but the palate presents the same freshness and tension specific to wines from calcareous soils. Very dry, elegant and saline, with quality bitters that add to its length. A very fine example of cool climate Chardonnay.
Kumeu River, Chardonnay 2019, Village
New Zealand 13.5%
2.1 g / L | ★★★ 1/2 | $$
SAQ code: 13565481
The summer of 2018 has been one of the hottest New Zealand has seen, but the balance of this excellent white wine signed by the Brajkovich family has clearly not suffered. A chardonnay made with seriousness, dry, fresh, salty, and without excess woody or heaviness. If your better half swears by Burgundy, serve it blind … and have fun at its expense!
Josmeyer, Riesling 2018, Le Kottabe, Alsace
4.9 g / L – Organic | ★★★★ | $$$
SAQ code: 12713032
Céline and Isabelle Meyer cultivate their old vines in a place called Herrenweg according to the principles of biodynamics. In 2018, they produced a Riesling of exquisite purity, very delicate and airy, but whose aromatic relief has nothing to envy to certain great wines of the region. The nose smells of lime blossom, while on the palate, layers of honey, white fruit and floral flavors follow one another. Impeccable balance; a perfect companion for sashimi.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116