I had just bought 10 liters of white Valencay this morning and had just finished bottling all of it. As 10 liters make a little more than 13 bottles, I had the remaining wine as apéritif (another reason to drink wine ...) sipping my glass while watching the table barbecue and turning the meat. White Valençay is a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon and while it costs between 3 and 4 Euro a bottle at the winery, you pay usually 2 Euro a liter or less in bulk. I pay 1,3 Euro/liter for this one and it makes a good everyday wine. This particular wine has gone through its malolactic fermentation and displays a pleasant richness in the mouth.
Whatever, this surprising wine was the right match with my tender grilled lamb. This wine which has a clear-ruby color when young had a somehow faint color as it was peaking soon. It had this typical light pepperish aromas in the mouth with some red fruits notes. The wine found its right balance with the flavors of the grilled lamb, maybe because of the peppery side of Pineau d'Aunis.
I'll not say the same for the merguez but happily the ones these particular ones were not outrageously spicy and let's say it was almost OK. I'll look forward for wines from Mr Renvoisé.