First, Bouchard Père & Fils Pouilly-Fuissé 2016 is like the first kiss of spring. Notes of stone fruit, citrus and banana create a soft Chardonnay, with a round mouth feel and nice acidity on the finish. This Chardonnay hits all the right notes. It is finely crafted, and so lightly oaked, with only 10% of the harvest aged in French oak for eight to nine months. The remainder is aged in stainless steel. Enjoy with all of the lighter spring fare, or on its own. It really is like spring in a bottle. With an average price of $26 it’s another stellar value to stock up on now for spring.
Next up, the lovely, silky, rich Beaujolais. Fabien Collonge 2015 L'Aurore des Côtes (Chiroubles) is a beautiful expression of the Gamay grape.
Most people think of Beaujolais as the celebration wine that arrives in stores just before Thanksgiving. Beaujolais nouveau is fermented for only a few weeks and is a wonderfully light, fresh, and flora expression of Gamay. These wines are meant to be drunk young.
But there are other expressions of the Gamay grape, such as Beaujolais Cru, that are more full-bodied and richer, resplendent with dark fruit and earth, and they age strikingly well. Fabien Collonge 2015 L'Aurore des Côtes (Chiroubles) is a perfect example of that Beaujolais. And coming in at just under $20 it’s also a good value. Would pair well with ham. Definitely a wine to consider for Easter dinner.