This week we again welcome Bryant Phillips to Wine Shop Wednesday. You may remember Bryant from Sturkey’s or Chalk. Currently you can find him at the excellent Wise Owl Wine Bar in West Chester. If you’re anywhere near IKEA, you’re near the Wise Owl. Stop by and have a drink – it’s worth it. I visit whenever I’m on my way home from meetings in Dayton.
Surprising as it may be, we’ve been drinking some great Chardonnay at the Wise Owl. Not surprising because Chardonnay isn’t great (although we’ve all had a few that aren’t), but because we’ve just been drinking so many heady, opulent reds during these past few frigid months. Particularly, we’ve stumbled upon a brilliant Chablis from Domaine Servin. It’s their “Selection Massale” Vieilles Vignes 2005.
Domain Servin is a small family owned winery with just about 33 hectares of vineyard property including some 1er & Grand Cru parcels. Chablis itself consists of about 6000 hectares. The Servin name dates back to to the middle of the 17th century and has owned and worked the Domaine for seven generations.
For us, the ’05 Massale is at once silky and yet rustic . The bottle age has integrated the tell tale, flinty, minerality of Chablis. It also shows opulent baked apple and slight tropical notes. Its deceptively dry even as the nose teases you with something like apple custard. Balanced alcohol and an excruciatingly long finish make this wine our “go-to” wine for the springtime days that have us flirting with our T-shirt collection.
The fact that its only $50 on our list, makes this wine that much more appealing.
We’ve had a great few months at the Wise Owl. We saw some great wines from Old Bridge Cellars, learned a ton about blind tasting and pinot noir, hosted an event with Some Young Punks, and Chef Dave’s new kitchen menu kept everyone warm and full. March promises to be even better as we welcome a new acoustic duo and on March 24 we’ll see the glorious return of cocktail mistress Molly Wellman.
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