When I first began working at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, I was a Cabernet Franc fanatic. Joguet, Baudry, Breton, Chanteleuserie — all my heroes were here, and I felt like one of Odin’s warriors at the long table in Valhalla, drinking nightly from a bottomless cauldron of Cabernet Franc. I’m ashamed to say, though, that after a while my palate began to stray: Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Piedmont called. Fast-forward to the other night. We were at home having BLTs, and while the juicy red from one of our Languedoc producers was lovely, I found myself yearning for the subtle bite of a good Cab Franc. I spent the rest of the evening thinking about the quaffability of Chanteleuserie, the structure of Joguet, the finesse of Baudry, the juicy funk of Breton, and wishing I had a glass of each! Good Cabernet Franc has an autumnal quality, like wet leaves on the ground mixed with a bit of wood smoke, so with fall in full swing, here’s a glorious collection of Cabernet Franc. These selections are substantial enough to lend weight to heartier menus, yet still light enough to be refreshing. If you need wine for the holidays, this collection has something for everybody—from the silky Bourgueils of Catherine & Pierre Breton to deep Joguet single-vineyard Chinons. And if you’re already a Cabernet Franc aficionado, well, you’ll be in Valhalla no matter what cork you pull.
Without further ado, and with no shortage of expressions to describe these offerings: mousseux, pétillant, frizzante, or spumante . . . dive into our selections and discover what the many regions across France and Italy have to offer…
At long last, our Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! We are offering two this year: Valentin Montanet of La Sœur Cadette produced a lively, rich, lip-smacking version from vineyards in the northern Beaujolais, and Domaine Dupeuble, in the region’s south, sent us yet another hedonistic Nouveau chock-full of ultra-fresh fruit.
Just across the Loire River from Chinon, Bourgueil not only has comparable soils and climate to Chinon, but, like its neighbor, it also is home to some of the world’s greatest sites for Cabernet Franc. But because Bourgueil is hard to say (“Boor-goy” comes close), you might never know it unless you tasted its most beautiful wines, like those below from the Boucard family of Domaine de la Chanteleuserie...
I have a serious problem: I can’t remember people’s names for the life of me. It’s in one ear and out the other, and that’s why you can find me hiding by the hors d’œuvres station at parties instead of socializing.
Olivier Savary was not always destined to make wine. Even though many of his relatives around the Chablisien village of Maligny did, a string of challenging harvests had discouraged Olivier’s parents from joining the family business.
Here you will discover twelve examples from Italian and French vignerons who have resisted the tendency to globalize their vineyards, honorably sustaining the varieties native to their respective terroirs.
Even the most renowned vignerons in Villié-Morgon tend to be laid back and unassuming despite the monumental Gamays they produce—perhaps none more so than Jean Foillard. One of Morgon’s “Gang of Four” Kermit first championed thirty years ago, Jean farms some of the cru’s most celebrated vineyards and his translation of these schist, granite, and sandstone terroirs is never anything short of breathtaking.
When the esteemed French wine artist Michel Tolmer created beautiful artwork for our 50th anniversary, we knew right away that we had to feature it on a few select items of merch. After spending maybe a little too much time researching the options, we landed on a classy, leather-strap cap, a comfortable t-shirt made from 100% cotton, and a tote made with incredibly sturdy, fair-trade, and organic cotton by a certified B corp that invests in the livelihoods of women and farmers of India, featuring three wine sleeves and two other compartments for all of your other needs!