Movie & Wine Pairing


La Balade de JMS Chardonnay 2013
Vin de France

Brief Encounter (1945)
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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.


This wonderfully balanced Chardonnay, made in a style that sits between Napa and Burgundy, comes from White Wine of the Year trophy winner (IWC) Jean-Marc Sauboua. ‘JMS’ used the ripest fruit he could find from across France’s sunny south. He then barrel-fermented the wine at a unique Bordeaux cellar (see below), and aged it for eight months in fine French oak. The result? This creamy, tropical fruit-laden gem that’s got a long history of acclaim under its belt (last vintage, it was a hit at Decanter and Le Concours Mondial du Bruxelles). We’re loving the 2013 release …


On the banks of Bordeaux’s Dordogne River lies Le Chai au Quai, which Decanter calls “a fabulous venture.” Recently restored, this 19th-century cellar is now a workshop where top winemakers craft tiny-production specials, like Jean-Marc’s lush Chardonnay, from Bordeaux and beyond. Because there’s no fancy château name to pay for, you enjoy wines that could easily cost twice the price.


regionHalf-French, half-Spanish, Jean- Marc (left) comes from a family with a long history of winemaking. He began his career two decades ago at Bordeaux’s famed Château Haut-Brion, where he became an expert at crafting and blending elegant, flavor-packed wines. He also spent a few years in South Africa’s Stellenbosch, adding some New World flair to his winemaking toolbox.


At Thanksgiving, this luscious white is our top pick for turkey. But of course, it’s versatile enough to be served year-round. Try it with roasted chicken or creamy pasta dishes. Just take care when you chill the bottle: an oaked Chardonnay like La Balade doesn’t need to be ice cold. Serve at cool cellar temperature (45 minutes in your fridge should do the trick).

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