Wine Review: Maison Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay Viognier

September 15, 2015

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Wine: Maison Louis Latour “Duet” Chardonnay Viognier
Country: France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
Price: $9.99

Labor day has come and gone but the summer is still blazing here in Southern California. Though rosé continues to be a constant presence at our dinner table, we’ve been mixing it up with some white wines like the Maison Louis Latour “Duet”. It’s a blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% viognier from Burgundy, France.

One sniff and you could be transported to our backyard. Imagine that we just mowed the lawn (ahhhh, freshly cut grass) and you’re taking in the smell of our lemon tree. This smell is fresh and cooling, and somehow making you feel like it’s nice 70 ºF out instead of friggin’ 97 ºF with Florida-like humidity.

At first taste it’s slightly acidic and dry with lots of citrus and floral notes. Then you taste something bold; it’s almost like butterscotch but not that sweet. It reminds you of those dried apricots where all the sugars have caramelized so that it’s kind of moist, rich, and oh-so-buttery (aka like one of nature’s gummy bears).

Food-wise, you could pair this white blend with something creamy like a simple Caesar salad with grilled chicken or a white fish with a butter-based sauce. Pasta dishes also come to mind; I’ve been dying to try this rigatoni pasta dish that uses both lemon juice and lemon zest in addition to this saffron pappardelle. Enjoy, and cheers!

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