LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: January 3

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Domaine Lafage 2015 Cadireta Blanc (Roussillon, France)

Sale $14.95, Regular $16.95
Discount (until January 28): $2.00
Vintages #448472 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Pretty wild flowers, honeysuckle, melon, lime, apple and peach. Rich texture but nicely balanced.
Pairs with: Scallops, fondue, salmon, mussels and frites.
Good for: Countering the cold with a weighty white paired to richly sauced seafood.
Alcohol: 13%
Drink: Now through 2021.

Why we're drinking this
Here’s a bit of sunshine to warm up your cold-snap affected climes — a wine that has some substantial body and texture, making it a nice sipper for times like this when you’re most likely not in the mood for the leaner-meaner whites. This wine comes from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France. It’s an interesting combination of stainless steel and oak fermented. Thirty percent of the wine was fermented in new Burgundy barrels, the rest in stainless. As well, the Chardonnay (representing about 95% of the blend) was fermented on the lees of the Viognier, which adds texture and nutty-honey notes, as well as helping to stabilize the wine for ageing. This wine is worth grabbing by the case and putting some away for drinking over the next few years.

Tasting note
Quite aromatic and pretty, with wild flowers and honeysuckle. Dry and crisp, with lovely texture (creamy) and body. Medium acidity and medium weight, with lots of floral, lime and apple tones, along with some stone fruit and melon. Lovely for sipping, but nice with scallops, mussels and frites, salmon, croque-madame and fondue.

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