Wine Wednesdays – Clos Sainte Magdeleine 2013 “Bel-Arme” Cassis Blanc

Happy New Year!  2016, geez where does the time go??  I’m sorry for the radio silence, I spent the holidays unplugging with family and friends at home, with a jaunt down to Cabo to ring in the New Year.  But I’m back, and ready to share what I’ve been drinking with you all!

On Christmas day we started the festivities with this light and bright white from a favorite producer, the 2013 “Bel-Arme” Cassis Blanc.  I was first introduced to Clos Ste. Magdeleine while in Provence last summer so I was excited to try their other white.  It’s a similar blend of Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc in slightly different percentages.  The “Bel-Arme” grapes come from a specific plot of land; old vines and low yields make this a labor of love for the winery. 

  The nose is slightly floral with a touch of citrus, the palette is slightly richer with a clean, mineral finish.   

Our Christmas appetizer were these cute little prosciutto cups!  An amazing appetizer hack you must add to your repertoire.  So easy, all you do it line muffin tins with a piece of prosciutto and bake in a 375 degree oven until crispy, about 15 minutes.  We filled ours with sauteed pears and balsamic syrup for the perfect bite of salty/sweet.  They were so good, we made them again the next night with a dollop of brie, caramelized onions, and fig jam!

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