When I set out to write up these reds, I was ready to proclaim how well Loire Valley Cabernet Franc lends itself to vegetarian cooking. I was going to share with you that Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur Champigny all paired beautifully with a trio of toasts I whipped up: one topped with mashed winter squash and ricotta, the second with sautéed kale and cannellini beans, and the third covered in mushrooms sautéed in butter and herbs. I was about to say how this compatibility makes sense because the Loire Valley is known as le Jardin de la France, and it is fitting that the region’s wines naturally complement all kinds of produce and foraged treasures. All these things are true! But then I had a glass of Thierry Germain’s Clos de l’Échelier alongside seared tuna with a sesame seed crust, and I will only say this: if I reach the heights of this pairing in my kitchen again in 2021, I will consider myself very lucky.
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.
The southern Rhône, Provence, Languedoc, Corsica: distinct regions, yet viticulturally intertwined. Grape varieties like Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Vermentino are found in each, ripening under the abundant sunshine of a gorgeous Mediterranean climate. But diversity abounds—now is your chance to dig deeper into southern France.
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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