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2005 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé

Zesty citrus, slate, minerals -- this is a Chardonnay that has everything going for it. Although it comes from a humbler appellation, in the hands of one of Burgundy’s premier winemakers (who is also one of the region’s leading proponents of biodynamic farming) this Macon is a graceful beauty. It’s also better than many Chardonnays that are twice the price.

This bottle would be a beautiful match for sashimi, especially hamachi, or with some simple seared scallops. It also plays well with lobster and pretty much anything from the sea.

--S. Irene Virbila

Region: Burgundy

Price: About $31

Style: Crisp and minerally

Food it goes with: Oysters, chilled seafood platter, lobster, scallops, sashimi

Where you find it: Wine Bank in San Diego, (858) 234-7487 and (619) 234-7487, www.sdwinebank.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 769-4639, www.winex.com; the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills, (310) 278-7322; and Wine Pavilion in Lake Forest, (877) 338-9463 or (949) 206-9531, www.winepavilion .com.


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