Yesterday we shared with you a French-themed menu complete with wine and Armagnac pairings for each course. We did so with the promise of forthcoming reviews of the two wines included in that menu, both because reviewing wines is a lifelong joy worth indulging at every opportunity, and because with the holidays nearly here and all of us caught in the celebratory throes of the season, people tend to branch out a bit more and taste foods and wines they’re never tasted before. The timing could not have been more perfect to share impressions that could lead to new discoveries. So when a bottle of 2014 Domaine du Tariquet Chardonnay and one of 2014 Domaine du Tariquet Côté arrived at our door, I couldn’t wait to review them, because I’m fun like that.
2014 Domaine du Tariquet Chardonnay
Suggested as a first course pairing for dishes like Roquefort Salad or Butternut Squash, the 2014 Domaine du Tariquet Chardonnay offers up a fresh and complex bouquet touched by candied citrus peel, pineapple, floral elements, and a hint of butter. Quiet floral notes peek through its fresh, lemon-led citrus flavor to contribute to a full body and pleasing structure. Medium acid and alcohol find pleasing harmony with the sweetness of fruit mingled with vanilla notes that declare themselves on its lingering finish. This is a dry white wine fermented and aged in French oak, and characterized by soft edges that one can already taste despite its youth. While its sense of fun and festivity makes it a good bet for a pleasurable sip today, a year of two of cellaring could enhance its best aromatic and flavor attributes even further.
2014 Domaine du Tariquet Côté
The 2014 Domaine du Tariquet Côté is a 50/50 Chardonnay/Sauvignon blend that was suggested as a main course pairing for meals that features fatty poultry. Its nose is ripe and intense, with fresh grapefruit taking the lead, supported by lily, passionfruit, and mineral aromatics that evoke wet stone. A pale straw-colored pour with crisp acidity and medium-low alcohol, it refreshes the palate on each sip with bites of tropical fruit like lime, orange, pineapple, with slivers of melon hidden amongst them. These fruity notes strike a chord with the wine’s earthy minerality in a satisfying way that resonates throughout the tongue. A full-bodied wine with a long, honeyed finish, this is one to drink now or within a year or so, as it already tastes fairly well-developed.
Learn more about the historic Domaine du Tariquet and its wines at http://www.tariquet.com/