For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case from Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
Here’s Bottle 6: Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Viognier 2010
Bonus online content
I have to edit it down to fit in the paper, but here is Aries owner Andrea Kish’s full description of the wine.
Laurent Miquel Chardonnay Viognier 2010
Region: Languedoc, France; based at Chateau Cazal Viel, the Miquel family estate in the St. Chinian appellation. The estate has been in the Miquel family since the French revolution. Farming is organic.
Tasting notes: This wine bursts with fresh fruit character with aromas and flavors of white peaches and citric fruits from the unoaked Chardonnay, and apricots with a hint of almonds from the Viognier.
Why we chose it: The Laurent Miquel wines represent one of the best price/quality values that Aries offers. We also carry a red blend of Syrah Grenache, a rose of Cinsault Syrah, and several old vines St. Chinian syrahs.
Goes with: as an aperitif or with dishes such as sushi, grilled seafood or thai chicken curry. A great summer wine.