One of our most long-standing producers in France, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie hardly needs any introduction. Their incredible value-driven cuvées have filled our newsletter pages for almost five decades, delivering reds of suppleness and generosity as well as complexity and astonishing age-worthiness. But if you are not yet familiar with the Cabernet Francs of Thierry, Christine, and their son Alexis Boucard, this is a wonderful time to get to know them, particularly with the arrival of a new and wonderful sparkling rosé, made in the méthode traditionnelle with direct-press Cabernet Franc. It is a light, bright, and festive bubbly meant to be drunk cold and often. In addition to this sparkler, the family makes a still rosé from the sandy soils around their home. Pretty and elegant, it tastes of fresh peaches and nectarines. Then, from Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Irène contains the inherent charm to drink beautifully on its own, but it also has the spine and finesse to stand up to roast meats, braises, stews, and grilled vegetables. A dual threat, in other words. And finally, there are the quintessential Bourgueils, Alouettes and Beauvais, which we’ve imported for decades. Alouettes, which means “larks” and alludes to the name of the domaine, is fresh, supple, fruity, and ready to be drunk young, while the Beauvais originates from from one of Bourgueil’s greatest sites on the tuffeau hillsides near the domaine. This cuvée is delicious young and outstanding when aged. Year in and year out, these cuvées prove not only that Bourgueil is home to some of the best terroirs for Cabernet Franc anywhere, but also that the Boucard family produces some of the greatest values in all of France.
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie France | Loire | Bourgueil
Smooth and seductive on the palate, Cuvée Beauvais offers a resurgence of silky fruit and florals—like blackberries and roses, without the thorns.
As far as I know, Kermit has never explicitly asked Kuentz-Bas to craft a series of wines to keep us engaged, on our toes, and refreshed most every night of the week. But, as you’ll discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
Nearly all of our 2021 rosés are now in stock, and they were well worth the wait. A relatively cool growing season across France yielded zingier-than-usual wines marked by bracing acidity and crisp, fresh fruit from the Loire Valley all the way down to the Mediterranean.
Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions.
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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