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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2016, Jean Marc Brocard

An elegant and deft Premier Cru Chablis from Domaine Jean Marc Brocard via Fraziers

If you are thinking about dry January / Veganuary, you might consider drinking less but better and eating healthier.

Less-but-better wine, with a lower alcohol content, and plenty of vegetables might well be better for you, a sustainable habit and keep your local wine merchant in business for when you want to go back.

Lots of locally-sourced, seasonal vegetables may be more difficult at this time of year, but visiting your local butcher for free-range, organic, well-cared-for meat should not be too tricky.

For lighter wines, we look to cooler-climate areas and they don't get much cooler than northerly Chablis. The Premiers Crus wines are bigger and fuller, so you can match with healthy foods like salmon or tuna.

Chablis Premier Cru, Montmains 2016 (£24.50, Frazier's Wine Merchants) orchard fruits, honeysuckle, white pepper and beeswax; rich, ripe and fresh. Saline and mineral. Deft, elegant, savoury.

Very Good and will improve with cellaring.

Match with shellfish, oily fish, goats cheese salad or pasta with mushrooms.

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