A Perfect Marriage?

Lay & Wheeler Wine Advisor Hayley Wright shares her thoughts on selecting the perfect wine for her upcoming nuptials – can you help her choose?

After weeks of painstakingly compiling lists, shortlists, guest lists and even lists of lists, my Fiancé and I finally booked a venue for our forthcoming wedding.  There is an overwhelming array of things to consider, such as capacity, location and date availability, but one particular benefit of our chosen venue was the clincher for me-they don’t charge corkage or force you to choose wine from their own list.  As a wine lover, it is important to me to be able to drink wine that our guests and I will enjoy on this special and important day and feel quite justified in having thrown one option out immediately on the grounds of its choices of simply ‘red, white or rosé’…..!

Another major decision is the menu, and for various reasons we have decided on the rather fun and politically savvy step of hiring a fish and chip van rather than having a sit down meal, leaving more valuable time to crack on with the important business of partying.

Lots of options spring to mind when pairing wine with greasy fare, with considerations regarding tannin and acidity levels.  Do we go for a zingy light white or something a bit richer with maybe a touch of spice?  And let’s not forget the reds which may be preferred by those opting for the burger or sausage option.  Or perhaps a wildcard rosé choice would be a crowd pleaser?   I also rather like the fun pairing alternative of something sparkling. Finally, do I stick to a cheaper option, or should I blow the budget?

The options are endless but I have prepared a shortlist with tasting notes below and it would help a great deal if you could let me know what you think we should drink!

Hayley Wright

UNDER £10.00

2007 Château de Chantegrive Blanc, Graves

The Chantegrive Blanc 2007 is a very pretty Sauvignon Blanc- dominated
blend (a little Sémillon brings a touch of weight to the texture). This
piquant, floral and citrussy white will provide a perfectly refreshing
summer drink, or an excellent accompaniment to grilled, meaty fish such
as Sea Bass or Monkfish

2009 Chablis, Pierre Quénard

Fine and light on the nose, with notes of white flowers and citrus. On the palate, there are crunchy apple and pear characters, zesty acidity and a steely minerality, which adds both structure and elegance. With a long finish and a surprisingly mouthfilling texture, this would match well with shellfish or white meat dishes.

2008 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Domaine Michel Gros

Beautiful maroon purple in the glass with sweet cherry fruit on the nose. Perfumed, with lifted acidity and a fine, elegant freshness.Although immensely approachable whilst young, this will keep for at least five years

2009 Fleurie, Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois

Chapelle des Bois is a small domaine, which has been in the same family for seven generations. The current owners, Chantal and Eric Coudert-Appert, are passionately involved in every aspect of the winemaking process, from hand-picking the grapes to the traditional processes in the winery itself. This gives them control over every detail, allowing them to create extremely high-quality Cru Beaujolais.
Charming on the nose, with bright cherry aromas and a hint of spice. On the palate, this has concentrated red berry fruit and a touch of savoury earthiness that gives it a real sense of depth and distinction. This is beautifully balanced, classic Fleurie and will be delicious with summer salads, grilled poultry and barbecued fish.

UNDER £20

2009 Mâcon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette, Héritiers du Comte Lafon

This wine has the ripest fruit profile of the wines, tending towards tropical fruits. The wine remains balanced, with the volume and richness offset by the fresh thread of acidity running along the palate.

2009 Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben, Weingut Bründlmayer

A selection from different vineyards, made exclusively from vines over 50 years old. This has a lively nose, balanced by notes of cream, spice and lentils. Texturally rich on the palate with an attractive white peach nature and a long finish. Bründlmayer are the masters of Grüner and this demonstrates their style superbly.

2009 Santenay Clos des Hâtes, Hubert Lamy

With a beautiful strawberry nose, the freshness and purity of this wine, combined with excellent structure and texture make for an extremely appealing Santenay that will by no means disappoint.

2009 Volnay Vieilles Vignes, Maison Roche de Bellene

Expressive and elegant, this is the epitome of delicate Volnay. The rose-petal scented nose is followed by lovely fresh red fruit on the palate, with plenty of length.

CHAMPAGNE

Carte d’Or Brut, Champagne Drappier

Primarily made from Pinot Noir, this is close to being a Blanc de Noirs in style. Attractive on the nose, with delicate notes of red berry fruit, a touch of florality and some savoury bread-like characters. On the palate, this is balanced and elegant, with pear and red berries and a dart of citrus acidity. Perfect as an apéritif.

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