If white wine grapes were musicians, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc would be world-famous pop-stars and Riesling would rock at steely guitar solos in a band. In that universe, Chenin Blanc would be an indie singer-songwriter with a hipster look and a harmonica, I think of it as the Alanis Morissette of wine; popular enough to be recognisable, but not necessarily on the radio as often as it should be!
The variety, at home in France’s Loire Valley is extremely versatile, becoming anything from crisp, youthful whites to vibrant sparkling and luscious dessert wines.
Les Hauts Lieux Chenin Blanc 2015 is a friendly and easy going creation by prestigious producers Famille Bougrier, with a six-generations winemaking history that traces back to 1885.
Generous in aromas and moderate in acidity, it shows an inviting balance between floral and fruity notes: honeysuckle, white peach, ripe lemons and juicy nectarines merge into a delicate and fresh sip of balanced and refreshing finish.
It’ll be a good companion to trout and earthy or smoked fish dishes, as well as grilled chicken or soft and creamy cheeses.
Les Hauts Lieux Chenin Blanc 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €13.95.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.