If you ever need two superheroes to help tackle the evil villain of thirst, then Catherine and Pierre Breton are prime candidates. Sure, they drive a tractor instead of a Batmobile, and their weapon of choice is no fancy gadget—just an old corkscrew. And yet, there is no greater force to combat a parched palate than these two upbeat vignerons, who are now joined by their daughter, France, and son, Paul. With the latest releases of their most thirst-quenching cuvées now available, it is time to put the Bretons’ powers to good use. We begin with “Elle est pas bulle, la vie?” a sparkling new addition to the lineup conceived and executed entirely by young Paul Breton. An effervescent cornucopia of stone fruit and citrus notes, this festive pet-nat will intrigue and delight at apéro hour. Next up, their Ritournelle rosé is crafted for pure and simple refreshment: direct-press Cabernet Franc with a brisk red-fruited twang, some herbaceous zest, and an absolutely mouthwatering zingy finish. It is meant to be served from an ice bucket, with a couple pals and maybe a round of goat cheese or some crisp greens. “Avis de Vin Fort” is a saignée of Cabernet Franc that spends just a few days on its skins—the Bretons call it a rosé the color of a red, and make this recommendation: “Keep it fresh in your cooler. Perfect for a picnic or to return to work with a light heart after a fleeting lunch.” Alive with flowery aromas, bright, crunchy fruit, and a refreshing pepperiness, this is a wine to chill down and drink any time of day by way of large, lip-smacking gulps. Don’t put away your ice bucket just yet: you’ll also want to send the Bretons’ Grolleau for a dip before indulging. From a sixty-year-old parcel of this rare Loire variety, they use carbonic maceration to create a red that delivers loads of brambly red berry fruit underscored by a subtle, earthy funk—all at just 11.5% alcohol. Thanks to these new arrivals from la famille Breton, barbecues, picnics, apéritifs, brunches, pregames, post-games, baby showers, regular showers, bubble baths, tailgates, and happy hours are all taken care of. Yet again, the heroes of soif have saved us from going thirsty.
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.
I think it is timely to make the announcement—It’s officially “Rosé Season!”—but with one caveat: Let this not be the only time of year you drink rosé. Welcome it wholeheartedly into your regular rotation
Franck Follin-Arbelet—joined today by his son Simon—is one of our most exciting and talented growers in Burgundy. He simply does everything right, and I mean everything. A true artist, he is the type of grower you can seek for years without finding: exactly what we look for here at KLWM...
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.
Consider this collection your golden ticket of sorts, your invitation to a dinner party with a group of underground artisans, champions of outsider winemaking culture, and a snapshot of a south of France that may be less iconic, but no less authentic.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
If you ever need two superheroes to help tackle the evil villain of thirst, then Catherine and Pierre Breton are prime candidates. Thanks to these new arrivals from la famille Breton, barbecues, picnics, apéritifs, brunches, pregames, post-games, baby showers, regular showers, bubble baths, tailgates, and happy hours are all taken care of. Yet again, the heroes of soif have saved us from going thirsty.
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