We’ve had some beautiful weather in England lately. I’m hoping it bodes well for some beautiful English wines. In the meantime I’ve settled for elsewhere in Europe.
We tried a Domaine Petit Saint Aunes Chardonnay from Aldeby Wines. It was an unusual colour with just a teeny weeny pinkiness which looked inviting. It smelled good, of apples and something more like clotted cream than standard creaminess. There was fresh cantaloup melon too.
It was somewhere between dry of ever so slightly off dry – boosted in that sweetness by the sweet fruity flavours. For me one of the strong flavour evocations was Washington Red apples. I know that’s a very specific apple choice, but sometimes flavours and smells have those strong associations.
It got a little better when it was a little cooler, the sweet fruit gave way to a more flavoursome summer fruit combo, I really enjoyed it.
This isn’t a mass market choice. It’s from a new domaine where the owners are trying new things for the area. Based on this one I’d try more. At £7.50 it’s supermarket priced, but has far more to offer.