Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Isabelle and Jean-Yves Vantey began Domaine des Rouges-Queues with 1ha of vines in the appellation of Maranges in 1998. Today, they farm 6ha of certified biodynamic vineyards in Maranges, Santenay, and the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. This elegant white Burgundy reveals poached pear, apple and a slight buttery character comingling with herbaceous elements harmoniously backed by racy minerality and a lingering fruit finish. This lovely white will shine brightly with tempura soft shell crab, pan seared bay scallops or a roasted chicken.
The Pays Nantais has a long, interesting history. It was originally planted by the Romans and later replanted under Louis XIV's reign after a devastating frost destroyed the vineyards. Thanks to Louis, we can enjoy one of the most sublime pairings with oysters and fresh seafood. This wine exudes aromas of honeysuckle, lemon and orange. The palate follows with more citrus fruit, melon, salinity and a creamy richness from the lees. This wine is a perfect compliment to oysters on the half shell, mussels and lobster. It will also cut through richer seafood flavors as well as cream sauces.
On the nose: firm pear, yellow apple and starfruit open up. Hints of stoniness and lime zest follow. The palate begins with concentrated pear juice and undertones of flinty minerality. Vanilla comes mid-palate with lemon oil notes lingering to the finish. -Winemaker's Notes
Columbia Gorge, Washington