Ode to Oysters

By / Wine + Drinks / March 27th, 2014 / 4

We know that the classic pairing of oysters and well-chilled champagne rarely disappoints. But, if you’re looking to try something a little different next time you indulge, may we recommend the following wines, all well suited to the briny richness of the oyster.


Bouza Albariño 2012

Reviewed by: Harry Hertscheg

Editor Rating: Excellent


Canelones and Montevideo, Uruguay

Review Summary:

Bold aromatics grab your attention with ripe peach, spicy tangerine and white flowers. The lees-enriched palate delivers honey notes up-front, bright peach on the mid-palate, and a dry, clean, citrus-zest finish. The 15% French oak barrel fermentation brings out well-balanced complexity. Begs for seafood.


Pierre André Pouilly Fuissé AC 2010

Reviewed by: Sean Wood

Editor Rating: Very Good


Review Summary:

Shows subtle green-apple scents with a trace of mineral and a hint of spice. Fine green fruit is enveloped in creamy smoothness in the mouth. Harmonious, seamless style finishing with an agreeable touch of gravelly mineral.


Astrolabe Voyage Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Reviewed by: Harry Hertscheg

Editor Rating: Very Good


Marlborough, New Zealand

Review Summary:

The in-your-face aromatics signal its Marlborough origins, along with characteristic gooseberry, elderflower and lemon-and-lime zestiness on both nose and palate. The medium-body weight and rich texture, balanced by lip-smacking acidity, lead to a mineral finish. Delightful with a salad course.


Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc Cava Reserva Brut

Reviewed by: Gilles Bois

Editor Rating: Very Good


Review Summary:

More complexity on the nose than is usual for a Cava, with fruity notes, chalky minerality and even a touch of rancio. Very dry; clean acidity and a neat finish. Very good.


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