Fruit of the Sea

Or “Mer” as the case is with this bottle. My French isn’t fabulous, as in, not very good at all, but I do know that word…close enough to the Spanish “Mar,” a language I speak well enough, for me to recognize it!

I bought this wine for $6.99 on my second trip ever to Total Wine. The wine is Cler’ Blanc “Special Fruits de Mer” Vine de Table Francais. Besides that, it says “Sauvion-Le Cleray-Vallet L.A. France, was 11.5% alcohol by volume and had a plastic cork.

On the nose I found pear, melon, and lemon. It was a very light wine, with a bit of minerally undertone. In the mouth there were flavors of pear and peach with good minerality. Overall, the wine was crisp and dry, I would probably serve it as an apertif were I to get it again.

I served the wine with cedar-planked salmon, broccoli, and wild rice, but I prefer my previous recommendation of Pinot Noir with Salmon. The pairing just works better for me. Alas, as I know from personal experience, and confirmed by a recent Pinot Noir round-up over on Good Wine Under $20, the cost of Pinot Noir is certainly not making it’s way into budget friendly territory any time soon.

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4 Responses

  1. Salmon looks great, as usual! We did tuna and grouper on the grill this weekend. I went with a Dry Riesling for my tuna as I made a spicy salsa to accompany!

  2. I agree with your assessment of Pinot and salmon, although I have a reflex grab for white wine with fish. As an alternative, I would consider an Alsatian white or a New World Chardonnay. The salmon does look great…

  3. Sounds like a great match Winedeb! I’m loving the fresh salmon, though I expect the season for it will end soon.

    I usually grab a white for fish too Joe, but salmon just strikes me as a heavier fish, and I think the Pinot Noir does really well against it.

  4. Yeah, salmon is a tough one for me – a very heavy white (New World Chard) or light red – I am never entirely pleased either way.

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