In a very similar fashion to last year, winter seemingly dashed straight to summer, skipping spring entirely. On an 80-degree evening in the very beginning of May, I reached for a chilled bottle of white to accompany dinner of alfredo pasta with sautéed kale and grilled faux sausage. The family run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most respected négociant-éléveurs, and is renowned for their high quality red and white wines. Not just wine merchants, the Latour family have been viticulturists since the 17th century; they founded Maison de Négoce in 1797. The company has been passed down from father to son for over 10 generations and still remains family owned and run. “Duet” is crafted from gathering Chardonnay grapes during their last week of harvest and Viognier grapes during their first week of harvest and fermented together.
Pale gold with light green highlights, aromas of peach and honeysuckle rose from the glass. Apricot and pear flavours comprised the light, creamy body whilst nuts and traces of candied ginger developed the refreshing finish. Smooth and pleasant, this is a well-balanced glass fantastic for sipping on its own or at the table.
70% Chardonnay, 30% Viognier
Coteaux de L’ardèche
Bottled by Louis Latour Négociant-Éleveur
Enjoy now thru 2015