For my Scheff’s Table column this week, I included an easy recipe for blackened, Creole-style catfish. Now, in New Orleans most folks would probably drink Abita beer with their catfish. But I decided to go a little more upscale and chose a bottle (actually, my wife selected it) of Domaine Chanson Viré-Clessé 2017 ($23.74).
This is a (relatively) affordable white Burgundy from France, named for two villages – Viré and Clessé – in the heart of the Mâcon appellation in the south of Burgundy.
According to the winemakers, “In Viré, the soil is chalky with large layers of clay. In Clessé, the soil structure is slightly different, with a combination of chalk and clay mixed with liasic marlstone combined with oyster-fossils, giving the wine an underlying minerality.” It’s the underlying minerality of this wine that I really love – especially with fish and seafood. It would be excellent with fresh-shucked oysters.
The grapes used to produce Domaine Chanson Viré-Clessé are a combination of Chardonnay and Chardonnay Muscaté. Oak is used very conservatively, resulting in an elegant, non-oaky wine. It’s terrific with food but also just as a dry apéritif. As far as French white Burgundy goes, Domaine Chanson Viré-Clessé can be considered a very good bargain.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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