With endive stuffed with smoked trout spread:
2002 Dom. de Chantemerle (Boudin), Chablis Fourchaume:
Steely, citric and precise on the attack but rounds out at mid-palate with depth and nuance; lovely aromatics and a long, almost creamy finish. Not at peak but showing very well, indeed. About $26 on release; I’d buy it again for that price.
2004 Dom. Pepière, Muscadet:
More generous than the Briords of the same vintage but still plenty of cut across the lime and mineral flavor profile; endless finish. About $10; I’d buy it again at that price.
(Both of these wines matched the dish very well.)
With an assortment of grilled vegetables with aioli:
2004 Dom. Grand Veneur, Côtes du Rhône Villages:
As balanced a southern Rhône as I have had in some time; very clearly of its place with good complexity and sustain. An elegant and lovely, ‘little’ wine. Price unknown.
2002 Clos de la Roilette (Coudert), Fleurie:
So pure and concentrated but still carries it’s floral, red fruit and granite aromatics; depth, complexity, and a suppleness in the mouth that is charming. What a great wine! About $15 on release: I’d buy it again at that price or more.