Wine of the Week: Chateau Chantal 2013 Ice Wine

I was thrilled to hear that a Michigan wine was selected for the White House state dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Chateau Chantal’s 2013 Ice Wine was selected to pair with dessert, Maple Pecan Cake with Cocoa Nib Wafer and Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream.

Image Credit: 9and10news.com

Image Credit: 9and10news.com

Chateau Chantal is a winery and bed & breakfast on Old Mission Peninsula. The winery was founded by Robert Begin, a former Catholic diocesan priest and Nadine, previously one of the Felician Sisters. How cool is it that they both decided on a different life and got married in 1974? They ended up following Robert’s dream of building a European style winery chateau.

Chateau Chantal

There were only 500 bottles made of the 2013 Ice Wine. It comes in a special wooden box and is made from grapes frozen on the vine, and then pressed while still frozen. It is described as having “incredible sweetness and fruitiness, with all the delicateness of a fine Riesling wine.” It has notes of decadent apricot, toasted caramel, and baked apple. The wine retails for $70.

 

ice with box bottle

The wine graced a stunning tablescape:

A place setting during a press preview ahead of the state dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A place setting during a press preview ahead of the state dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The full menu and details of the evening can be found here.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: A display of bite-size sweets uses a photograph of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop for the state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the State Dining Room at the White House March 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House chose the colors, flowers and menu with 'an ambiance that reflects the scenic beauty of our shared border and celebrates the coming of spring.' The son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, Trudeau is visiting Washington this week for the first state dinner for a Canadian leader in almost 20 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A display of bite-size sweets uses a photograph of the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop for the state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the State Dining Room at the White House March 9, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Have you tried any presidential wines? If so, I would love to hear the details! I have mentioned the Casa Nuestra Chenin Blanc wine before that was featured at a White House picnic. Maybe someday I will try them all!

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  1. I have not tried them, but would love to. I really enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of my day. Sometimes in the middle of my day too.

  2. How cool that a Michigan wine was selected for a White House dinner! I haven’t tried any of the Michigan ice wines yet, but I’m hoping to get up to the Traverse City area this year to do some wine tasting on the peninsulas. Maybe I’ll get to try one then!
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  3. Rachel says:

    I would love to try them but unfortunately I have not. That would be a fun time!

  4. I’ve actually had that iced wine before. It’s so yummy and sweet. Love it!
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  5. Would love to try this wine, if only I could get a bottle of it right now. Seems really great!
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  6. There’s something about the exclusivity that makes me want to try it!

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