– Aanka Grover Vasesi
We welcome 2020 with the best and the classic white wine bottles that one must try, if you haven’t already! The article ahead takes you through the white grape variety that has had the most impact and attracted the most attention undoubtedly throughout these years and will continue to. We’ve shortlisted the best all time favourites which crisp, refreshing and have delicious flavours to offer whilst being easy to drink on a hot summer day.
Condrieu, La Doraine, E. Guigal
Produced from the top 5 terroirs, Condrieu is the ancestral home of the Viognier vine and is the source of one of the world’s most exotic white wines. In the mid-20th century, only 20 acres of Viognier remained in Condrieu, leaving the grape and the appellation in serious jeopardy. Guigal was instrumental in bringing this appellation back from near extinction, and today supplements the grapes from their own vineyards with grapes purchased from numerous small growers, ultimately vinifying nearly one-third of the entire appellation.
La Doraine is a luxury cuvée of Condrieu that the Guigals have produced since the 1994 vintage. A great success since the first vintage, the wine always seems richly oaked and very fruity when young, transforming in 3 to 4 years into a seamlessly complex, aromatic and vibrant wine. La Doraine contradicts the accepted wisdom that Condrieu does not age well.
Grape Variety : Viognier
On the palate : Apricot and peach fruit flavours, bitter orange and star anise notes with added notes of butterpeach, creme brulee, white flowers and honeysuckle.
Domian Schlumberger, Riesling, Grand Cru
Made from 100% Riesling grown in the foothills on Alsace, France. Hand-picked, put into crates, with the whole bunches pressed leading to static settling of the lees. Fermented in temperature controlled tuns. Raised on the lees for 8 months. This wine brings out the magnificent, delicate, fine sweeteness of riesling.
Grape Variety : Riesling
On the palate : It displays a dominant of fruity scents, citrus fruits, lemon peel, lemon. Airing reveals a subtle note of delicate vegetal, basil, spices, clove. The wine already shows its good profile despite the vegetal note. The onset is heavy, full and silky. The alcoholic base is well balanced. One evolves on a medium with a defined vivacity marked by vegetal flavours, spices, nutmeg, clove, underlying fruits, citrus fruits, lemon.
Mouton Cadet, Blanc, Baron Philippe De Rothschild
Nearly 90 years after its birth, Mouton Cadet is the result of a history between Bordeaux wines and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The youngest of the family and the owner of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, he was keen to bring the richness of the prestigious Bordeaux region to consumers worldwide. Mouton Cadet, Blanc ; a glittering golden yellow wine made up of 3 grapes primarily, sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadel resultign in a dry and sweet combination of white wine.
Grape Variety : Sauvignon Blanc 67%, Semillon 31% and Muscadel 2%
On the palate : Fresh citrus notes with herby flavours such as corriander leave a long, zesty, fresh finish.
Danzante, Pinot Grigio
From the family of Pinot Noir, the white wine Pinot Grigio gets its name from the colour of its grape, a grayish purple variety. Grigio in Italian means Gray.
Danzante Pinot Grigio is sourced from Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, the three northeastern regions of Italy collectively known as the Tre Venezie. With its relatively high altitude and cool summers and the warm currents from the Adriatic, this region allows Pinot Grigio to fully express its potential, resulting in a wine that reveals intense perfumes and a silky.
Grape Variety : Pinot Grigio
On the palate : A bouquet of fruity and citrus notes of citron are accompanied by fine floral accents. In the mouth, rich and persistent notes of ripe summer fruits lead the way for lingering and fresh citrusy finish.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Riesling
Celebrating more than 50 years of wine making, Chateau Ste. Michelle from the vineyards of Columbia Valley, has combined Old World winemaking traditions with the New World innvations. Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white.
Chateau Ste. Michelle produces over 8,000,000 cases of Riesling wine per year, making it the world’s largest producer of the noble white wine. The old creek riesling is made from 45-year-old vines, which contribute fruit intensity and concentration. A ripe, lush style of riesling, displaying beautiful ripe fruit flavours and a crisp finish.
Grape Variety : Riesling
On the palate : Ripe peaches, dried apricots and spice notes.
So there we have it, a selection of wines suitable to drink to welcome 2020 and to continue with it. The great thing about this list is that it is the most electic whilst classical list of wines, that one cannot miss and one that can really be explored, discovering new wines that one wouldn’t have chosen or known about under normal circumstances. Take a leap of faith and thank us later once you’ve tried them!
Luckily there is enough wine for us all to have more than ‘once in a lifetime.’
Aanka is a true hotelier from The Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts, with an experience of over 10 years in the Food & Beverage Industry. A wine enthusiast, who has previously handled the company the company’s cellar. Loves wine pairings and enjoys drinking red wine along with a delicious cheese board. She’s made a career out of drinking is here to share with us all that she learnt over the years.