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Saturday, 13 June 2015

French Whites and British Seasonal Food

Four white wines from Les Grands Chais, available at Waitrose and Majestic

Do French white wines match with British seasonal food? Les Grands Chais teamed up with Asparagus, Jersey Royals and Godminster cheddar cheese from Somerset and asked me to find out.

Cremant de Jura, Cabelier (not currently available in the UK)
Appley fruit, rich fullness and a fine mousse.

With asparagus and new potatoes:
Chateau Cleray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, Sauvion, 2013 ( Majestic, £9.99)
Substantial and mineral Muscadet - pale sandy yellow, lime flowers and zest; ripe orchard fruits, leesiness and minerality. Fresh and precise with a honey-waxy texture.

Good and very good value. Also match with crostini starters.

Calvet Reserve, Bordeaux (Waitrose, £8.99)
Clean and pure white Bordeaux - aromatic lemongrass and white pepper; pure, clean minerality with white peach and grapefruit. Adept and assured. Good.

Also match with goat's cheese.

With cheddar:
Chateau de Fesles La Chapelle, Anjou Blanc (Majestic £13.99)
Big, complex Loire - golden sandy yellow, elderflower and fern; rich, ripe orchard fruit, beeswax and freshness backed up with a leesy, oaky sweetness.

Good. Also match with rillettes

Other related articles
Les Grands Chais - part 1, part 2, part 3

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