If you are looking for a very tasty, but inexpensive French white wine to sip on the patio or perhaps enjoy with Mother’s Day dinner, I’ve got a great one for you. On sale this month in Utah for a mere $9.99 (normally $11.99) is JP. Chenet Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier, from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
The wine comes in an unusually shaped bottle, baptized Josephine, and designed by Joseph Helfrich in 1984 with a slanting neck and collar and round body. A special bottling line had to be built to produce the JP. Chenet bottles.
Blending 40% Viognier with 60% Chardonnay grapes gives the wine a beautiful floral character, although subtly. It’s a somewhat unusual blend that I wish more winemakers would use. Those floral notes give way to apricot, almond and vanilla flavors on the palate, along with hints of brioche. This is a very harmonious and expressive wine that you normally don’t find at this low price. It pairs well with chicken, pork and seafood dishes. I recommend stocking up while JP. Chenet Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier is on sale.
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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.