MMI’s Top 100 Wines – February 2012
Moreau Chablis AED 91
J. Moreau et Fils is nestled in the rolling hillside of the cool climate of Chablis. The family has been making wine here for over two centuries capturing the unique terroir of the region and balancing it with fruit, structure and texture. These wines have a mineral edge that reminds us of cold water stones and fresh mountain streams. There are juicy citrus notes to sweeten the palate along with green apple acidity that renders the wine dry to the taste. Complex yet pure, great to drink, young but with the qualities necessary for ageing.
Food – White fish Drink – 3-5 years
Barbera d’Asti DOC ‘La Vigna Vecchia’ AED 69
Nebbiolo may be the king of grapes in Piemonte but the real workhorse of Piemonte is Barbera. After Sangiovese and Montepulciano, Barbera is Italy’s third most planted variety and gives the Barolo and Barbaresco producers of the north the safeguard of having a grape variety that ripens three weeks earlier than the notoriously difficult and fickle Nebbiolo. Barbera wines are on the whole far more approachable than their illustrious cousins with a richer, fruitier mouth feel that screams of ripe blackcurrant fruits, herbs and succulent juicy tannins that cry out for food. There’s plenty of acidity which holds the wine together and also gives a subtle freshness. Drink young.
Food – Rabbit and game Drink – 3-5 years
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