Wine Club with Martin Moran: Week Three
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Name: Superquinn Petit Chablis
Country & Region: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Tasting Note: Chablis is made from Chardonnay and at the basic level it uses no oak and is fermented in flavour neutral stainless steel, so we get a clear expression of the grape as grown in the climate of Chablis. The result is we find apple and pear like fruit with a little citrus and something hard to define called mineral which is like an earthy chalky character.
Food Match: Shellfish, fish, light chicken dishes, salads
Buy It: Superquinn
Name: Wakefield Estate Chardonnay
Country & Region: Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills
Tasting Note: Like the Chablis this is made from Chardonnay but unlike the Chablis it from fruit grown in a warmer climate and it has been fermented and aged in French oak barrels, all of which changes the flavour.
Food Match: Its rich creamy notes make it a good match with grilled pork, salmon or chicken or any of those served in a creamy sauce but the oak notes match well with smoked salmon.
Buy It: Dunnes and many independent retailers
Name: Carmen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Country & Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile.
Tasting Note: Cabernet Sauvignon has a thick skin and so should have a dark colour colour, as this one does. It also shows the variety's classic aroma of blackcurrant with some dark cherry and a little vanilla and spice from oak ageing.
Food Match: A full bodied red that is typically enjoyed with steak or stews and hard cheeses..
Buy It: Tesco
Name: Chateau Bois Pertuis
Country & Region: Bordeaux, France.
Tasting Note: The grape varieties used in this are a blend of Merlot 76%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20% and Cabernet Franc 4%. A modern style fruity Bordeaux or claret as red Bordeaux is also known, that shows Merlot's characteristic plum and berry flavours as well as some cherry and a dash of vanilla.
Food Match: Any roast or grilled red meat would be a happy match as would hard cheeses.
Price: €14.93 reduced to €8.99
Buy It: Dunnes