Vino: 2004 Picq Chablis

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Name: 2004 Picq Chablis
Grape: Chardonnay
Region: Burgundy, France
Price: $15.99 to $21.99

I had a craving yesterday while reading Sara Kate’s recipe for Goat Cheese and Shrimp Ravioli; it was a craving for Chardonnay.

There are certain perfect food and wine pairings: Sauternes and Foie Gras, Champagne and Caviar, Shrimp and Chardonnay. Combinations whose flavors dance together beautifully, they compliment each other without overwhelming, almost better together than apart.

Chardonnay is one of the easiest wine grapes to grow, making it one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. Nearly every winery has a small amount of Chardonnay planted in their vineyards. Couple this with the world’s varying soils and climates and one finds great difference. Ranging from rich, buttery, tropical fruit to green, austere, clean, vibrant flavors, all depending on where it is grown.

Chablis is a small town in the Burgundy region of France that is famous for its unique soil: limestone with a layer of Kimmeridgian clay, which is very rich in marine fossils. The soil, which is unique to this area, brings out an important mineral character in the wine, which is associated with Chablis.

The 2004 Gilbert Picq Chablis is a wine that should showcase this unique minerality. It also happens to be a great value for a wine from this sometimes pricey region. Look for a balance of tart citrus, apple and green fruit with mineral tones that develop while the wine is open.

Stores: Harlem Vintage (2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 120th Street and 121st Street), Grapes, the Wine Company (11 Purdy Ave, Rye, NY), Chambers Street Wines (between Hudson St. and Greenwhich St.), Astor Wines (339 Lafayette at 4th Street), Columbus Circle Liquor (between 57th St and 58th St).