Light and more delicate than most of the Sauvignon Blancs I’ve tried, Domaine de la Perrière Sancerre 2013 is sophisticated and slightly crisp. Complex and well-blended with just a touch of grapefruit acidity. It’s lovely even with sharp-tasting foods.
I tried it with a cold salad-y concoction of herbed navy beans fork-mashed and layered with garlic-oil-lemon-seasoned steamed kale, chopped tomatoes and minced raw red onion and topped with cream cheese bits and chopped cilantro. Surprisingly, its delicate flavor wasn’t crushed by the strong flavors. I’m impressed. But I can picture it easily going with the most fragile cream sauces, the most delicate fish and seafood. It’s a winner by any standard.
Of course the wine retails for about 28 bucks a bottle, so it’s not going to be my vin blanc ordinaire. But it sure is nice. You can order Domaine de la Perrière in restaurants all over Chicago, though I’m not sure about this particular wine. Here are a few locations, thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports’ restaurant locator:
Socca, 3301 N CLARK ST.
Sidetrack, 3349 N HALSTED ST.
Chicago Pizza, 2121 N CLARK ST.
Gemini Bistro, 2075 N LINCOLN
Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N LINCOLN PARK W.
Ragin Cajun, 2251 N LINCOLN AVE.
Pizzeria Da Nella, 1443 W FULLERTON AVE.
Piazza Bella Trattoria, 2116 W ROSCOE ST.
Old Oak Tap, 2109 W CHICAGO AVE.
Piccolo Sogno, 464 N HALSTED
Bistrot Margot, 1437 N WELLS ST.
Japonais, 600 W CHICAGO AVE.
Kamehachi, 1531 N WELLS ST.
P J Clarks, 1204 N STATE PKWY.
Racquet Club, 1365 N DEARBORN ST.
Joes Seafood Prime Steak, 60 E GRAND AVE.
The Arts Club Of Chicago, 201 E ONTARIO ST.
Zavans, 260 E CHESTNUT ST.
Purple Pig, 500 N MICHIGAN AVE.
Ritz Carlton, 160 E PEARSON ST.
111 Untitled, 111 W KINZIE ST.
Bavettes, 218 W KINZIE ST.
Brindille, 534 N CLARK ST.
Jefferson Tap & Grill, 323 N JEFFERSON ST.
Park Grill, 11 N MICHIGAN AVE.
Seven, 400 E RANDOLPH ST # 7TH
Hot Woks Cool Sushi, 300 W ADAMS ST.
University Club, 76 E MONROE ST.
Cavanaugh’s, 53 W JACKSON BLVD.
West End Bar & Grill, 1326 28 W MADISON ST.
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, 1401 S MICHIGAN AVE.
Square One Lounge, 1400 S MICHIGAN AVE.