“Underpriced” wines are still a thing, pt. 1

Our resident sommelier recommends four amazing and affordable white wines.

In an effort to explore affordable wines that bring pleasure to the palate and comfort to the soul, here are some of my go-to’s to drink alone or in good company:

Domaine Laroche De La Chevalière 3 Grappes Blanches 2017

From the south of France, a sunny region, by a producer converting to bio. With its hint of apple, it is so refreshing and lively, with a light texture (unoaked) but long-lasting in the mouth. Impressive for the price.

Pairing: Shrimps, scallop ceviche, white fish.

40% Chardonnay, 40% Terret, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, Languedoc, France, 750 ml, $12.15 SAQ code 10324615

Domaine Laroche De La Chevalière Chardonnay 2017

Somewhat a burgundy style (Laroche makes great Chablis) with fresh acidity, floral notes, subtly woody with ample texture — so balanced. It really delivers.

Pairing: Salmon filet, tapas.

100% Chardonnay, Languedoc, France, 750 ml, $14.55 SAQ code 00572636

Deakin Estate Chardonnay 2018

Another cool chardonnay, this one from Oceania, with golden apple, lemon, orange zest, apricot, acacia flower, fresh acidity, slight touch of wood — truly quaffable!

Pairing: Shrimp pasta with lemon zest, pork chops with honey and thyme or a vegetarian curry.

100% Chardonnay, Victoria, Australia, 750 ml, $11 SAQ code 13692510

Planalto Reserva

What a lovely white from Alto Douro, a Unesco world heritage centre. This medium-bodied semi-aromatic wine has a refreshing acidity with floral and tropical fruit aromas.

Pairing: Vegetarian curry, grilled shrimps with coco milk or grilled cod.

30% Viosinho, 15% Codega, 15% Gouveio, 15% Malvasia fina, 15% Arinto, 5% Rabigato, 5% Moscatel, Douro, Portugal, 750 ml, $11.60 SAQ code 13189594

Look for pt. 2 of our underpriced wine recommendations (which will focus on red wines) next week.

Claude Boileau is a certified sommelier.