This evening, I cooked scallops and prawns, with a potato cake, seared Little Gem, and a seafood, grape and verjus sauce. We drank a wine which we bought for a tasting of Rhône whites earlier in the year, but ended up not using - Christophe Pichon Condrieu, 2017.
Much as we decided at the time of the tasting, Northern Rhône whites tend to have more oak than we really go for. TWS says “oak used but not v. noticeable” - I’d like to know how much oak it needs to become “noticeable” . But the food rather tamed that, and we found it was definitely a wine to drink with something savoury rather than on its own. Full and rounded, peachy and apricot fruit (though as previously noted, rather hidden by the oak), and undoubtedly well made - but I’m not going to be rebuying any new vintage. But that’s more about our tastes, than about the quality of the wine.
Have a good weekend!