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A French White for a Southern Feast

Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008

Thomas Matthews
Posted: August 8, 2011

On one of our last evenings at Edisto Beach, S.C., we invited some friends over for dinner. We served pimiento cheese on crackers and watermelon chunks with country ham as canapés, shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, snapper baked with tomatoes, Vidalia onions and hot peppers served with squash casserole as the main course, and peach cobbler for dessert. All local, all delicious; a real Southern feast.

We drank a few bottles of wine. The high point was a basic white Burgundy, from an excellent producer in an excellent vintage. The Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008 ($20) was balanced, lively and had enough personality to make itself heard above all the competing flavors. I rated it 88 points, non-blind, but a greater wine might have made a less harmonious match. We took the last sips out to the screen porch and watched the sun set into the marsh, a red fireball against endless vistas of green and blue. There's nothing quite like the Low Country.

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James Perry
Memphis —  August 9, 2011 2:31pm ET
Beautiful photo! Always love visiting the South Carolina coast...perhaps one of the country's most underrated restaurant scenes!
Thomas Matthews
New York City —  August 9, 2011 4:06pm ET
I agree with you! Charleston is amazing for its diversity and sophistication, and there are fine restaurants on Folly Beach, Kiowah (Atlantic Room!) and Edisto (Po Pigs and Old Post Office). And that's just scratching the surface -- I haven't even been to Hilton Head. What do you like?
James Perry
Memphis —  August 9, 2011 4:40pm ET
Love the bouillabaisse and the crawfish cakes at Hilton Head's Old Fort Pub, where the wine list was unexpectedly diverse. And you wouldn't have to twist my arm to go anywhere on East Bay Street in Charleston.

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