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 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.