2015 Domaine Costal Chablis “Les Truffiéres”, Burgundy, France
Hailstorms in Burgundy last year brought fear the vintage would be non-existent, raising the importance of the 2015 offerings. Thankfully much of the vineyards were spared, albeit some almost halved in production, so current releases are indeed more precious. The Collet’s have been a wine family since the late 1700’s, being Chablis-specific since 1952 when they created their Domaine. A wonderful partnership with the Collet’s and Berkeley-based Kermit Lynch has been producing a small amount exquisite Chablis under “Domaine Costal”, and their single vineyard “Les Truffieres” – land of the truffles – exemplifies the purity and terroir for that Chablis is renowned. Fresh white flowers and citrus zest wrap around the stony, mineral-rich palate that is a signature of Chardonnay from this part of the world. A French bean salad with mustard vinaigrette would pair nicely with this, as would a perfectly poached sea bass.
2014 Manincor Réserve del Conte, Alto Adige, Italy
This estate has had Tyrolean noble ties since the 1600’s, and the current owner, Count Michael Goëss-Enzenberg, is a direct descendant of the ancestors that were endowed the land by the Emperor. The Counts approach to his estate is more sustainable stewardship, practicing biodynamics in their vineyard as well as the outlaying orchards and woodlands. Proof is in the wine, and their reserve blend of Lagrein, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon captures dark berry fruit qualities with licorice and black pepper notes. The rich, velvety texture lingers in your mouth for some time, perfect for enjoying with Ratatouille or grilled lamb kabobs.