- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Pierre Boniface, Apremont, Vin de Savoie, 2003, $15

A delicate, almost ethereal white, this delicious springtime sipper reflects its origin, the region of Savoie in the French Alps. Light, clean and fresh, it tastes of crisp mountain air and stony mountain streams. Made from a fairly obscure local grape called jacquere, this is a great choice if you’re looking for something different, as well as delicious, this time of year.

Jacquere is a fairly reticent grape, with a subtle rather than an obvious personality. The wines from the subregion of Apremont tend to be more flavorful than others, and this wine fits that profile. It tastes of apples and limes, with a mineral and floral-scented bouquet and a nutty finish. Fairly light-bodied, it is supremely refreshing.

Because it is fairly delicate, this is a wine to drink either as an aperitif or with dishes that are themselves delicate. It will complement most fish and shellfish nicely and would be an inspired choice with trout — especially freshly caught from a mountain stream. (Imported by Hand Picked Selections.)

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