Fournier Pere & Fils 2015 Sancerre Les Belles Vignes
What could be more appropriate than to start the new year off with one of my favorite wines. A bright, minerality driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. More specifically, the Sancerre region.
Being a big fan of these wines, it was no wonder that when I read the 92 Point review in Wine Spectator I was immediately drawn to the wine. Unfortunately, this was not a wine that was easily obtained. I just happened to picking up another wine in a local wine shop and noticed the familiar label. After checking to make sure this was the wine I was looking for, I hurriedly grabbed a bottle and checked out.
Since I knew this was going to be my first wine of 2017, and would be drinking it on New Years Day, I wanted to have a meal that is perfect for the wine. Some of you may know that Sauvignon Blanc, especially minerality driven ones, are a perfect compliment to seafood and shellfish. As it just so happens, I was reading a article in Wine Spectator about using cheese with seafood, or more specifically, not using cheese with seafood. After getting into the article it was obvious that they were actually making a case for USING cheese with seafood. What was even better was that the recipe they had was for sea scallops. That wonderful plump, juicy and delectable meat from the sea.
I won't give you the entire recipe except to say that after you sear the scallops you top them with a mixture of panko and Gruyere cheese and set them under a broiler for a moment. They are placed on a bed of cabbage (Napa cabbage of course), celery and shallots, sauteed with oil, butter and white wine. What better wine to use than the one I'll be drinking.
Then it was time to begin my wine review in ernest. Opening the bottle and pouring it into my glass there is this vibrant light yellow wine dancing in my glass. Without even a swirl, you can smell the aromas of lush tropical fruit coming from the glass. With the aromas still in full bloom, I raise my glass and take my first sip. Just as I had imagined. An almost flinty palate that adds to the overall minerality of the wine. Perfect for seafood that I have prepared.
It's no surprise to see why this wine was considered a "Smart Buy" and rated #48 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 for 2016. That's probably the reason it's so hard to come by as well. But if you do, buy some and do yourself a favor. You should be able to find it in the $20 to $25 a bottle range. Mine was right in the middle.
I hope you were able to start 2017 off with your favorite bottle of wine. Until next week.