Jadot Santenay “Clos de Malte” Blanc


I love everything about the holidays. Decorations? I own 5 Christmas trees. Music? The earlier the better! And most especially, the holiday eating and drinking. This time of year, I love to drink White Burgundy. Made from Chardonnay grown in the revered soils of France’s Cotes-du-Beaune region, these stunning wines have a storied history and famous pedigrees. The famous village of Santenay sits just beyond the Chassagne-Montrachet region, whose wines fetch upwards of several hundred dollars per bottle. While everything about this wine should demand a similar high price, it doesn’t. Clos du Malte is a walled, single vineyard of only 17 acres of vines, and only 2.5 acres are Chardonnay. The result of this small production is flat out decadence. Yellow fruit in several forms (tropical pineapple to lemon curd) melts into honeycomb, fresh butter, dried hay, and a warm spiciness that comes from both fermentation and aging in oak. Completely satisfying in a way that even smelling an empty glass makes you smile. And this would be a natural match for the aforementioned festive dishes like butter poached lobster, it is heaven on earth with a simple roast chicken. Happy Holidays!

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