We haven't seen a blend like this in years and can't help but wonder why more people don't make one. These two grapes are quite different in their flavor profiles, but that doesn't mean they don't work together to form a harmonious whole.
C'est La Vie! is the handiwork of Alain Serveau, who was born in the rarified village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, in the heart of Burgundy. Just the sound of the word Burgundy can make strong men stumble. It is one of the most revered wine producing areas in the world.
Alain came from a family of winemakers and grape growers, but set out on his own to study in Bordeaux and the Languedoc. His embrace of the wine culture is everywhere, including the name of his venture, which loosely translates to "Such is life!" It is interesting to note here that his blend is made from the classic white of Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, and the classic white of Burgundy, Chardonnay. Obviously he is familiar with both and it shows.
Both grapes are picked and handled separately. The blend is done after fermentation so that the winemaker knows what he or she is working with. As little as a 3% swing in proportion, one way or the other, can make a difference in the blend.
He hit it dead on with this one. The lovely, un-oaked Chardonnay with its green apple and jasmine scents marries perfectly with the Sauvignon's herbal cadence and swatches of white peach and guava. The lovely finish is, well, lovely.
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