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Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from France
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    Winemaker Notes

    An elegant, pale golden color with aromas of vanilla, hazelnut and toast. A full-bodied Chardonnay with bright, fresh fruit flavors and a hint of oak." Grapes picked at optimum ripeness. Destemming and crushing on arrival at the winery. Enzymes are then added and the must is then refrigerated for 24-48 hours. The clear juice is then drawn off and fermentation is started with the addition of selected yeasts. Part of the wine is put into barrel for the fermentation process. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation is completed and the malolactic fermentation is blocked. Wine is raised in barrel & tank." Ideal as an accompaniment to a variety of cheeses, seafood, poultry and cream sauce pastas.

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    Fat Bastard

    Fat Bastard

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    Fat Bastard, , France - Other regions
    Fat Bastard
    Thierry Boudinaud, a renowned winemaker, was sitting in his wine cellar one winter day his friend, Guy Anderson, burst in to taste the new vintage. Guy was a rebel in the wine industry believing that quality was paramount in a wine but that the average consumer hated the traditional intimidation placed by the wine industry.

    The next day Thierry had Guy try an experimental wine he had left on the lees (yeast cells). Both friends had no idea that this would result is such a dramatic difference from the wine they tried the day before. It had a wonderful color and rich, round palate. Thierry exclaimed "now zat iz what you call eh phet bast-ard," he said in response to the wine.

    After several more glasses of this great nectar they agreed that they could not withhold it from the public. When it came to a name only one was considered: the expression that it originally evoked, "Fat bastard." Even with the unique name and the great wine the two proceeded slowly in production. The first vintage was 5,000 cases with 2,000 cases going to Peter Click, an American bloke Guy had befriended during his world wine travels. The public on both sides on the pond loved the wine. Most people bought a bottle because of the name and returned to buy cases because of the quality.

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    An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

    In the Glass

    Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

    Perfect Pairings

    Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    SWS61444_2005 Item# 88319

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