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La Voûte Chardonnay 2016
Vin de France

Brief Encounter (1945)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 @ 11:00 AM (ET)

Pair this wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with the engaging – but never overripe – romance, Brief Encounter. Like this wine, David Lean’s film has a history of acclaim (it’s considered one the finest of British movies) and its leading actress, Celia Johnson, received a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Like opening a great bottle of wine, this is a film experience you’re not likely to forget.

THE WINE

Called a “fabulous venture” by Decanter, Le Chai au Quai is Bordeaux’s most dynamic cellar – and the masterful Mark Hoddy’s elegant Chardonnay will show you why. Mark selected grapes from one of his favorite southern French vineyards (see below). Back at Le Chai, Mark gently pressed the hand-harvested grapes and gave them a generous, eight-month slumber in fine French oak barrels. This imparted complex, orchard-fruit flavors, a subtle, spicy character, and lovely palate weight. With a long history of gold-medal acclaim, La Voûte is sure to impress your guests – especially if rich seafood or roasted chicken is on the menu.

THE GRAPE

Chardonnay performs most majestically (and expensively) in the vineyards of Burgundy’s Chablis and Côte d’Or – but it also thrives in southern France. Depending on the site (and the winemaking), it can be rich and buttery or refreshing and citrusy. In addition to being a multifaceted grape, it also has many regional French synonyms like Aubaine, Beaunois, and Chaudenay.

THE REGION

WM_MarkHoddy_MidiMtnsXVbtl“The terrain and climate of Limoux conspire to make simply beautiful Chardonnay,” says critic Victoria Moore. The premium grapes for La Voûte were sourced from the Astruc vineyard, where vines (planted at almost 1,000 ft) soak up brilliant sun and receive cooling breezes from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Beyond whites, the region is also famous for its sparkling Crémant de Limoux.

WITH FOOD

shell_lobstertail_corncob_summeryThe best southern French Chardonnays (like this) can easily rival the bottles you find in Burgundy, France’s most expensive Chardonnay region. They’re equally fitting for a special dinner, too. Sip this with rich seafood (buttery lobster would be sublime), or savory fare like coq au vin. Prefer a snack? It’d also be great with creamy Brie and a crusty baguette.

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