Chablis from Laithwaites and a CVNE Rioja. Again
Just to prove that the first successful pairing of Chablis with a starter and a Rioja with a main (plus cheese) was no freak occurrence, I decided on a re-run.
The wines on this occasion were only slightly less ambitious than previously and, in the case of the Rioja, actually drinking better right now.
The Chablis is actually a Petit Chablis - a junior Chablis grown on lesser soils with a more exposed aspect. However it is from genuinely old vines (a non-defined term) aged between 50 and 70 years; a well-executed lesser wine, what it lacks in terroir is compensated by age.
Domaine Dampt Petit Chablis Vielles Vignes 2015 (£13.99, Laithwaites)
Orchard fruit, honeysuckle and toastiness; light, fresh and citrussy with good, mineral persistence.
Pure, clean and adept.
Serve as a light aperitif.
CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja
2010 (£24.40, Majestic, Co-op, Waitrose The Wine Society, independents) a hedonistic blend of ripe bramble and mixed berry fruit with spice and aged truffles, leather and gaminess. Fresh, substantial and supple with sweet vanilla spice and fine-yet-firm tannins. Very long and adept.
Serve with roast lamb or manchego.