Wine: Esprit des Lieux Saint-Véran
Region: Saint-Véran, France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
Saint-Véran is a small area located in Burgundy where they only produce wines made from chardonnay grapes. Most of them have a taste that is similar to the famous wines of the neighboring Pouilly-Fuissé region and very different from traditional California Chardonnays.
At first look, it’s a crystal clear in the glass with a pale golden hue. The nose has notes of peach, apricot, and lemon that rounds out to a fresh minerality (likely a result of the chalk soil that is typical of the area).
The taste is initially dry and full of citrus but that eventually turns into a honeysuckle flavor with nutty creaminess reminiscent of roasted almonds or macadamia nuts. The finish is moderate and ends on a slightly bitter note. Overall, it’s delicate, delightful, and well-balanced.
When you are pairing it with food, fish and seafood are a good go-to. This may include a roasted white fish like cod or tilapia, slow-cooked salmon, or lobster. Any creamy dish with chicken or pork would also work well.
In regards to cheese, it pairs well with a French cheese fondue. You may also want to serve it with mild semi-soft cheeses like Humboldt Fog or Havarti.