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Chateau Chantal 2010 Pinot Gris - Review

Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan

Our Selection for Wine of the Week April 9, 2012

A bottle of Chateau Chantal 2010 Pinot Gris, our wine of the week

Chateau Chantal
2010 Pinot Gris

Old Mission Peninsula, MI

The Begin family began their dreams of running a Northern Michigan hospitality empire with an orchard planted in 1983. Between 1983 and 1991, Robert and Nadine Begin slowly cleared much of their land and replanted with vineyards. They next embarked upon construction of their hospitality center, modeled after an Old World chateau. By 1993, they opened the doors of their winery and three guest room bed & breakfast. In the summer of 2003, they celebrated the expansion of their operation to include eleven guest rooms, wine seminars and a teaching kitchen. Today, the winery is noted not only for its impressive facilities but for its wide variety of wines, including Pinot Noir, Malbec, Malbec Rosé, Chardonnay, Semi-Dry and Late Harvest Rieslings as well as Pinot Gris. The 2010 Pinot Gris is fruit driven on both the nose and palate with primarily tropical and citrus flavors. It is surprisingly big in the mouth thanks to 14.6 per cent alcohol. Although we would have liked to see a bit more subtlety, we do enjoy the wine's minerality and lingering kumquat and licorice finish. Try it with Asian flavors like tempura, chow fun or a green curry. It will also work well with simple, grilled fish dishes, fruit salsas or accompanying gingerbread.

Rating: 13/20

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See also:
Chateau Chantal 2007 Proprietor's Reserve Pinot Noir, Pontes Vineyard

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