Domaine Labbé 2020 Vin de Savoie Abymes ($14.99)
Made with 100% indigenous Jacquere grapes sustainably grown on vines more than 35 years old, Domaine Labbé Vin de Savoie Abymes offers a fresh taste of the white wines of Savoie. It shows a distinct greenish brassy color in the glass and offers pleasant, complex aromas of mixed citrus, apples and pears. Bright and fresh on the palate, with just a touch of prickly petillance, its flavors follow the nose, white fruit balanced by fresh acidity with chalky minerality in the background. Relatively light in alcohol at 11%. U.S. importer: Skurnik Wines, NYC. (July 2, 2022)
FOOD MATCH: Wine-Searcher.com suggests pairing it with shellfish, crab and lobster, and that’s good advice: Its crisp, dry minerality should make an excellent match with seafood. It’s good with cheeses, too, and should go well with a charcuterie board. We enjoyed it with an offbeat dish, a meatless version of ganach lupia (Armenian braised green beans) from Serious Eats.
WHEN TO DRINK: I suggest drinking it up within three or four years after the vintage at most, to fully enjoy its bright, fresh flavors.
It’s an excellent buy in the lower to middle teens. Wine-Searcher.com lists a $15 average U.S. retail.
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