Wine: A. Chotard Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
Region: Loire Valley, France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
Sometimes the stars align so that a request is made for more white wine reviews, Helen from the Wine Face podcast preaches the good word about Chenin Blanc, and you find this little French bottle practically singing from the shelf. ALL IN THE SAME DAY. With wine destiny like this, it’s no surprise this bottle is amazing.
One whiff will transport you to an apple orchard where you can smell the crisp green apples and get a hint of sweetness from the yellow apples. The nose also gives you a big, wonderful whack of citrus that is more on the lime side than the lemon side.
When tasting, you immediately get the high acidity followed by notes of ripe pear and honey dew melon. This then rounds out into an orangey, honeycomb flavor with a faint sense of something floral. Maybe jasmine or lavender? I’m not 100% sure so I’ll let you be the judge of that.
The wine’s acidity balances well with its sweetness, which makes it a pleasure to drink and an easy pairing with food. Serve it with fall foods like roasted acorn squash, a Gruyère cheese soufflé, or stuffed bell peppers topped with melted goat cheese. You’ll also love it with roast chicken, pork chops, cod, smoked salmon, and shellfish.
Personally, I’m dying to drink it with a charcuterie board of pork terrine, chicken liver pâte, and wild mushroom brie from Trader Joe’s. It also has enough character (but not too much character) to bust out next month during Thanksgiving! Your turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce won’t be able to thank you enough.
Just when you thought I was done with food pairing suggestions, I’m hitting you with another one! The brightness goes well with layered flavors and richness of Southeast Asian dishes while the sweetness complements the saltier dishes.
You really can’t go wrong with this versatile wine, enjoy!