2007 Domaine de Roally Viré-Clessé
The name doesn't jump right out at you like Montrachet or Meursault, and while this Viré-Clessé from Domaine de Roally won't give you equal bragging rights, you can certainly brag about turning up such a fine bargain. That's no mean feat.
Viré-Clessé is a newer appellation for a village within the Mâcon region in southern Burgundy. Domaine de Roally's vineyards are a mix of Chardonnays of various ages. The wine is delicate and relatively lean, with a deep mineral undertone that holds interest sip after sip. And it's inexpensive enough that it doesn't demand some grand occasion to pop the cork.
Pick up some Monterey Bay squid, Santa Barbara spot prawns or a whole fish at the fish market to make a dish for this wonderful white Burgundy. The wine deserves it.
—S. Irene Virbila
Region: Burgundy, France
Price: About $25
Style: Rich and minerally
What it goes with: squid, spot prawns, scallops, whole fish
Where to find it: Domaine LA in Los Angeles, (323) 932-0280,
; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,
; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,
; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,
; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,