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Colombelle Blanc
March 03, 2010

Chelsea Wine Vault

Colombelle Blanc

Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng

You must know by now that recommending inexpensive wines just to fit the economic climate is really not my beat. Not because I don’t care about the tighter budgets of my readers, but because I only vouch for quality, and wouldn’t write up a $10 wine just because the price is right. How the wine tastes and is made matters more to me. So, I’ll continue to taste the $10 and under wines sent to me by producers, but unless something jumps out at me, I’d rather my clientele buy a well-made $20 bottle and drink less.

So, it was with a smile that I came across a crisp Southern France white blend (70% Colombard; 30% Ugni Blanc): the 09 Colombelle Blanc ($8). Two little-known grapes that create a fresh, dry wine. Melon dominates the nose while notes of citrus linger on the palate. All I can think of is oysters, and handing my guests a glass as soon as they walk into my apartment.

I celebrate wines with beautiful, balanced acidity. Want spring to come quicker? Live like you’re in spring already. Look forward and have your first wine from the 09 vintage.

Chelsea Wine Vault

75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY