The Wine List: the retirement project to sample the product of every major grape variety listed in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. #18
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Chablis 2013. France.
Alc Vol: 12.5%
HJ says: “Lean but lovely…My default white.”
What it says on the label: “Elegant and dry, characterised by citrus, fresh fruit flavours and a flinty minerality.”
Food combination: “perfect with white fish and goats’ cheese.”
Retired Bloke Verdict: Ok, so it’s another chardonnay, but northern Burgundy still sets the standard for this grape. This bottle was hardly a discovery for me; one of the first wines I was introduced to, as a callow trainee reporter, was Chablis, bought by a colleague who always pronounced it “Cha (as in ‘charity’) – Bliss”. I understand what he was getting at. We drink it with chicken rather than fish; this bottle went perfectly with lemon chicken roasted in a dish with sliced potatoes and onions.
One for the wine rack? Always.
It’s Not About The Wine: Burgundy was once a formidable duchy whose territory stretched as far north as Holland and as far eastwards as Flanders.