Having done as much as any other vigneron to bring esteem to the serious, delicious, and terroir-driven wines of the Languedoc, Domaine d’Aupilhac’s Sylvain Fadat is one of the heroes of the region. For decades, he has broken ground—literally and figuratively—in the town and appellation of Montpeyroux, about half an hour west of Montpellier. A quiet, off-the-beaten-path wine village, Montpeyroux lies in the foothills of the Cévennes mountain range. As hot and dry as the village gets during the summer, it benefits enormously from its proximity to the cooling mountains and you can sense the balance and finesse imparted by warm days and chilly nights across Sylvain’s range of whites and reds. For starters, there’s the Aupilhac blanc, a classic, stony southern white with notes of straw, herbs, and beeswax made from Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Vermentino planted behind the winery on the lower slopes of Mont Baudile. Then, as you move up the hill outside of the village of Montpeyroux, you arrive at Sylvain’s steep amphitheater of vines called Les Cocalières, which he created from nothing thirty years ago. This remarkable land yields an outstanding white wine whose notes of fruit and florals are very charming today, and which will continue to evolve beautifully over several years. Moving to the reds, there’s no better place to start than with Lou Maset, a rustic country wine that’s perfect alongside a baguette and saucisson and fall stews. From there, open Sylvain’s flagship Montpeyroux Rouge, which boasts beautiful notes of black fruit, a sturdy mineral spine, and plenty of power. And, finally, there’s Le Carignan, a rustic and robust testament to Sylvain’s unwavering belief in the worthiness of this great southern French grape. Crafted solely from old-vine Carignan, this rouge is reminiscent of dark fruit, game, stones, and garrigue. It is fresh and approachable now, and will blossom in your cellar.
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A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Vermentino planted in the lieu-dit of Aupilhac, the little corner of the Larzac behind Sylvain’s winery.
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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