So, on to the second of the first month’s wines from Aldi Wine Club – a sparkling chardonnay: Philippe Michel Cremant Du Jura.
We paired this not with the fish or seafood suggested in the tasting notes, but with one of Aldi’s ‘Specially Selected’ Chicken, ham hock, leek and… chardonnay pies. I served the pie with some potato and sweet potato, diced and roasted with olive oil and oregano.
I wouldn’t normally buy a chardonnay. Like a lot of people, I had a preconception of chardonnay as being really sweet. And I’m sure a lot of it is sweet, but it doesn’t have to be, and this one certainly isn’t. It’s dry and really crisp. The biggest taste you get is a really sharp apple flavour. It went just fine with our pie but I can see why they suggest having it with fish or seafood. The crisp sharpness would really complement something like salmon or trout, or a big bowl of clams perhaps.
Maybe I’ll have another bottle next time I make this smoked trout salad.