We don’t often post about dessert wines. Though sweet German Rieslings can be stunningly good, and Gewurztraminer paired with real Munster or Roquefort is divine, there just isn’t much market for sweet wines in the US. But there is one dessert wine we couldn’t live without: Sauternes.
“If gold were a flavor,” Matt Kramer once wrote, “it would taste like Meursault.” Though it has no Grand Cru, the wines of Meursault are some of the most sought after in the world. For most, the name recalls white Burgundies of decadence, opulence, and style.
The weather in Maine this week is definitely approaching “frightful.” But as the world outside gets colder and darker, a fireside chair or a cozy bar gets even more inviting. There’s no remedy for icy wind and frozen rain quite like a good book and a glass of wine.
Ask ten people what comes to mind when they think of Chardonnay, and you’ll get twelve answers. Chardonnay grows plentifully and easily all over the world, and so has become a blank slate upon which winemakers write. With such a wide range of possibilities, the quality of Chardonnay varies equally.
The Wall Street Journal carried an article last month about spending and happiness. Though most assume that material purchases create greater satisfaction because they’re less fleeting, science suggests that experiences actually provide longer-lasting happiness. However you come out on this proposition, we would suggest that wine is a perfect mix of the two.
The US tends to be wary of monopolies, with various laws set up to prevent their abuse. In the Euro zone, antitrust czars are sharpening their knives for Google. But in Burgundy, monopolies are both rare and highly sought-after.
Patience has become uncommon in our fast-paced world. Today’s wine consumers tend to drink wines too early, or to avoid age-worthy bottles all together. So whenever we can, we look for opportunities to import wines that are nearer their optimal drinking window.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the annual hunt for bargains is on. And for our money, there’s still no better bargain in the wine world than Chablis. It’s like a red-tag sale on fine white Burgundy, but one that lasts all year long.