Medium-bodied White Wines

Capel Vale, Western Australia 'Debut' Unwooded Chardonnay 2007
Try this memorable unoaked chardonnay with cool salads-tuna, shrimp, chicken, and more. ($16)
Joseph Drouhin Chablis-Montmains Premier Cru 2005
The well-known Burgundy producer Joseph Drouhin offers a number of compelling wines from Chablis. This one is seductive, especially because of its green apple character and long, steely finish. ($33)
William Fevre 'Champs Royaux' 2005
William Fevre has seen an upsurge in quality since Joseph Henriot purchased the firm in 1996. The entry-level Champs Royaux has been a fine buy in recent vintages, and the 2005 tastes especially brisk and vibrant. ($20)
William Fevre Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine 2005
I find that Fevre's premiers crus sometimes taste a little too much of oaky vanilla, but this grand cru has sufficient stuffing to offset any barrel influence. Just beginning to open, it has the potential to evolve into a very special wine. ($90)
Laurent Tribut 2005
Though not even two years old, this wine displays an intriguing, multifaceted personality. For a chablis from the strong 2005 vintage, it's hard to imagine a better choice for something to drink soon. ($24)
Louis Michel & Fils Grand Cru Les Clos 2005
As tight as a drum, this grand cru nonetheless displays fantastic potential. It shouldn't be opened for another five years, at which point it ought to offer a myriad of wonderful flavors. ($71)
Louis Michel & Fils Premier Cru Forets 2005
Bright, even bracing, but with beautiful subtlety and nuance, this wine is delicious now, offering enticing echoes of wet stones and salty minerals atop a foundation of crisp fruit. It promises to taste even better in three to five years. ($36)
Morgan, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Gris R & D Franscioni Vineyard 2006
This vibrant pinot gris is fresh, lively, and pairs nicely with cool summer salads made with chicken, crab, or lobster.
Domaine Alice Et Olivier De Moor Rosette 2004
Taut but expressive, this wine offers fresh apple and pear flavors enhanced by mineral-tinged undertones. It is ready to drink now, but it should evolve and improve with a few more years of bottle age. ($30)
Domaine Denis Pommier 2004
Fresh and lively, with mineral-tinged secondary flavors and a long finish. Made with grapes from older vines, it is an excellent example of village chablis-though it is as good as many premiers crus. ($32)
Domaine Bernier Loire Valley Chardonnay 2005
This value-priced chardonnay from the western Loire Valley tastes crisp and bright. ($10)
J Vineyards and Winery Pinot Gris 2006, Russian River Valley
This fresh, lively white tastes of ripe, succulent fruit, with hints of honey and spice. ($20)
Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco,Alto Adige 2005
Cantina Terlan, a cooperative winery in Italy's Alto Adige region, produces some exceptional wines, such as this one.
Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Premier Cru Vaillon 2005
Though it needs time in a glass or decanter, this youthful wine displays appealing layered flavors reminiscent of crisp apples and minerals, with a hint of sea salt. Incidentally, that suggestive saline note is what makes many chablis so good for drinking alongside fresh shellfish. ($35)

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