Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2009 & 2010 Central Otago, New Zealand
Felton Road Bannockburn Chardonnay 2009 & 2010

Antipodean Chablis

Are you a Chablis drinker? A chardonnay purist who relishes the ethereal clarity of Chablis; a wine infused with flinty minerality and a saline quality that speaks so loudly of the soils it hails from it’s unmistakable. Then there’s the slippery, silky texture, largely unadulterated by oak, it’s glassy, lubricous, tantalizingly tangy palate invigorated by exhilarating steely acidity, a wine bursting with energy and freshness.

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Make a meal of it
Roast turkey on Christmas dinner

Christmas is a time to share with others. Gather other holiday `orphans’ and stage your own dinner – complete with a glass of fine wine.

If you haven’t planned your Christmas celebration yet, I suggest you dine at home with the carte du jour and wines that we will enjoy. There is a great deal of satisfaction in entertaining at home, rather than looking like lost souls in a hotel restaurant.

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Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Villages 2008 Chablis, France
Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 2007 France

Back on the chardonnay crusade however, a diversion from the new world to the old world, and to a region that many wine enthusiasts believe is the purest, most pristine expression of the chardonnay grape and par example of terroir – Chablis.

Indeed, it almost impossible to mistake Chablis as anything else, such is the redolence of the soil in the wine; an infusion of minerals and chalkiness drawn through vines roots reaching deep into an ancient limestone seabed, and imparting an unmistakable sense of place.

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Chablis & Chianti Classico Wine Dinner
Billaud Simon Chablis vineyards frost

This is the first in a series of Singapore wine dinners featuring producers that are at the top of their game, consistently making excellent wine that you can simply rely on and enjoy, regardless of vintage.

There is a common thread between these producers – they will be owner-winemaker artisan-sized vineyards, generally using organic and biodynamic growing methods with un-irrigated vines, low yields and subsequently small quantities available, and above all the wines will be expressive of their ‘sense of place’ and represent excellent quality/price rapport.

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