Dog Days refer to the hottest portion of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, it is during this time that the Sun occupies the same area of the sky as Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star visible from Earth. With the Dog Days on our doorsteps, I think it wise to introduce you to a wonderful, hot-weather, white wine from south-eastern France—Chignin, by Charles Gonnet!
Chignin is a cru, a vineyard or group of vineyards known for producing quality wine, named after the village of Chignin in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of the Vin de Savoie appellation. This is a mountainous, cool-climate wine region, located near the borders of Switzerland and Italy.
The wine is made entirely from Jacquere grapes, a local variety. After the hand-harvested grapes are pressed, the juice is placed in tanks for six months to ferment and age on the lees. The result is a dry, light-to-medium bodied, pale yellow wine. The nose has aromas of melon, peach, and pear. These flavors, along with hints of minerality, are moderately intense on the palate and carry through to a long finish. There is a crisp, refreshing acidity to this wine that is balanced by a sense of creaminess. The alcohol content is just 11.5% by volume.
We have the 2016 vintage in stock for $16.99 per bottle. It will pair well with fish, oysters, chicken, and sharp cheeses. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.