Wine: Blason de Bourgogne Chardonnay
Region: Burgundy, France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
If finding beauty in simplicity is an art, then the French are master artists and this Chardonnay is their pièce de résistance. Okay, that’s a big claim but I will say that this French wine is simply amazing and a really great value.
On the nose, it’s sweet peach with a clean, citrus edge that’s a mix of Meyer lemon and grapefruit. That citrus nose carries over to a light, lemony flavor that quickly mellows out to a fruity aftertaste. Other winos site a mineral quality, but it must be subtle because I didn’t really pick up on it.
You may notice this wine lacks the buttery, caramel flavor typical of California Chardonnays. That’s because this French wine is unoaked meaning it’s aged in stainless steel vats instead oak barrels.
It’s probably no surprise that a crisp white wine like this pairs well with seafood dishes such as pan-seared scallops, lobster, or even sushi. Grilled fish and roasted chicken also make great pairings. You could serve it with a creamy soup, a nutty cheese like Comte or Gruyere, or the ooey gooey melted cheese of a French fondue (recipe for that here).