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Wine review: Pâtisserie du vin Chardonnay Muscat 2012, France

White blend

The label is cute, which caused me to fear the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. The cartoon sketch of a French pastry shop window with woman's bicycle parked outside is a not-so-subtle message. The Pâtisserie wines (there's a red, too) are made in a fruit-forward manner designed to evoke flavours of popular French pastries, in this case tarte tatin, with its apple-and-butter essence. It's from the southern Languedoc region and made by Badet Clément, the large producer behind the good-value brand Les Jamelles. Light-medium-bodied, it hits the tongue with silky, sweet peach and citrus (more than apple, I'd say) and occupies that grey zone between dry and off-dry. Pleasant on its own. Various prices in Alta., $13.99 in Man., $16.99 in N.B.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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