Cuvee Fie Gris 2008, Eric Chevalier, Vin de Pays Du Val De Loire, France.

Appearance:Light and clear yellow with a pale rim .

Nose: Pronounced gooseberry , grass and herbaceous aromas. Hints of coconut detected (but not oaky).

Palate/ Flavour: Fresh, crisp and high acidity with plenty of lime & citrus flavours and a touch of green capsicum.

Comments: I would have thought this is a sauvignon blanc (fie gris is a cousin of the varietal) given the similarities in both the aroma and flavour profiles. But it was a steal for the price and it is always refreshing to try something new.

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicholas Francois, 2000, Champagne, France.

Appearance: Pale gold lemon colour with good effervescence.

Nose: Plenty of green apples and green pears. Pleasant toasty notes with a little nuttiness.

Palate/ Flavour: High acidity and perhaps a little astringent on the palate. Taste of green apples and unripe starfruit was quite pronounced. Slight burning sensation when taken without any food (but alcohol level was suprisingly at 12%abv).

Comments: I don’t think I can do this without food. That was the first thing that came to mind when I tasted the first glass. Had this with creamed pumpkin soup and a seafood fettuccine in a rich tomato sauce. Put this down for a few more years. Still quite “green”, I’d say.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis 1er cru Vaillons 2008, Chablis, France.

Appearance: Light gold colour with a pale rim (think bright meyer lemons).

Nose: Strong mineral notes with a very subtle oak (surprising really – wasn’t expecting it) and honeyed aroma.

Palate/ Flavour: Crisp, refreshing (high) acidity. Flinty, lemony and citrusy. Medium (+) finish with streaks of chalk.

Comments: Had this with some lovely crottin de chavignol (I was so happy to find it in Saigon), belle des champs, reblochon, heirloom tomatoes and dark rye bread. I later discovered that Drouhin actually aged this Chablis in old wood barrels for 12 months (0% new wood). I thought this wasn’t as good as their Chablis AOC (same vintage) from Vaudon though.