The 12 Days of Christmas: a partridge…

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On the first day of Chirstmas, my true love sent to me…

…a partridge in a pear tree.

Finding this wine was a tricky one. I tried wines with the word “partridge” or “pear” or “tree”…I looked at the LCBO and the SAQ. I looked on-line and asked my colleagues and fellow wine lovers. I debated a pear cider (deciding to keep true to the grape and passing on that idea) before remembering that I speak more than one language! I could therefore search in French or Italian…success with the word “Perdrix”.

Marsannay, Les Champs Perdrix 2006

Marsannay, Les Champs Perdrix 2006

Marsannay, Les Champs Perdrix 2006 is a White Burgundy from Domaine Marc Roy (LCBO, $35). I had to order it on-line and, by the time I received the call that it had arrived a few months later, I had completely forgotten why I ordered it!

I had never heard of this wine and a quick Internet search revealed why: there is an annual production of only 2000 bottles. By the time I opened the wine, the LCBO no longer had any in stock, which scuttles my plan to review 12 wines that could be easily found at the LCBO or the SAQ – sorry!

We opened the wine one evening after dinner and served it with nuts and dates (strange combination, I know). The wine itself had a mild chemical note on the nose, and a strong acidity in the mouth. A few swirls in the glass opened up some citrus but, in general, it lacked complexity. My colleagues did not appreciate it but I found that the fleshiness of the nuts brought out some of the sugars, softening the acidity.

A white Burgundy is, as I mentioned in my “I Confess” post, one of the few whites that can be aged. I think this is one that should probably have remained bottled for another few years.

Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.