“What do you like to drink?” asked an acquaintance recently, who is not in the wine trade. I opened my mouth to respond, then paused. The answer is not so simple. I mentally took stock of the latest bottles to have brought me the most enjoyment, and the labels that ran through my head were not of well-known wines like white Burgundy, red Bordeaux, Alsatian Riesling, or Provençal rosé. They did not even include wines that were once deemed obscure but now commonly accepted by the general wine-drinking public, such as cru Beaujolais, Chinon, or Etna. No, I instead recalled an inky-black, chewy Muristellu from northern Sardinia, a luscious, honeyed, stony Corsican white from the indigenous Biancu Gentile grape, and a bright, juicy, wonderfully quaffable chilled Grolleau from the Loire Valley. “Variety,” I replied. “I like to switch it up as much as possible.” The idea that there are just a handful of types of wine out there (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Pinot Noir or Cabernet?) is now thoroughly outdated. Great wines come from countless regions all over the world, many of them totally foreign to the average person, and are made from a seemingly infinite number of different grape varieties, each one offering a unique palette of aromas to satisfy curious drinkers. If you’re like me, you’ll get a thrill not just from savoring the tried-and-true classics over and over again, but also from trying novelties that open our mind to the never-ending possibilities the wine world has to offer, all while stimulating the palate with new flavors. Take a look at some of the more unusual whites we currently have in stock. Who knows, your house Sancerre may well be replaced by something else you can’t even pronounce, much less locate on a map.
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If you’d been driving along the rue du Chapitre in the commune of Aloxe-Corton, north of Beaune, in September 2017, chances are good that you would have heard lines from the old wine song “Ah! que nos pères étaient heureux” emanating from the Clos du Chapitre vineyard, which abuts the Église Saint-Médard
Somehow, after four decades of flawless Chablis, this treasured domaine has managed to remain a hidden gem within our Burgundy portfolio. With every release, these staff favorites get scooped up by the case by the folks here at KLWM, and by those seasoned customers who’ve figured out by now the outstanding pleasure and value this producer provides vintage after vintage. It’s been long predicted that someday we’ll be unable to offer Lavantureux’s wines without allocating them — the potential for glory and fame is right there in your glass.
In these wines, you will taste the passion of a classicist trying to uphold the best traditions of the northern Rhône, and also the creativity of a thoughtful vigneron navigating the hurdles of the present and future.
When traveling the wine route in France and Italy, I come across fine olive oil almost as often as I come across fine wine. Of course, these are the two staples of the diet in this part of the world...
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
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