Nothing says barbecue more than wine from the Languedoc, so we had some Domaine Mercadier Chardonnay 2005 from Laithwaite’s. It smells of oak, with a rich, buttery creaminess covering some cheery fruit. It’s dry with medium high acidity and some soft wood tannins.
It tastes of lemons and limes and apples, as well as butter and cream and toffees. It has a fairly full body and lasts quite well, even against charred Quorn.
At 12.5% alcohol it’s fairly restrained, more so when served over ice – a trend that’s transferred from Magners Cider to happy shopper wine across England. Stormhoek are even producing a new wine designed for ice.
Philipe Mercadier’s offering is good value. It offers a reasonable amount of character and good fruit at an affordable, barbeque friendly price.