Medium-bodied White Wines
Try this memorable unoaked chardonnay with cool salads-tuna, shrimp, chicken, and more. ($16)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This vibrant pinot gris is fresh, lively, and pairs nicely with cool summer salads made with chicken, crab, or lobster.
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)
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)
This value-priced chardonnay from the western Loire Valley tastes crisp and bright. ($10)
This fresh, lively white tastes of ripe, succulent fruit, with hints of honey and spice. ($20)
Cantina Terlan, a cooperative winery in Italy’s Alto Adige region, produces some exceptional wines, such as this one.
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)