Fifteen or twenty years ago, there was little buzz about the wines of Savoie, the Alpine region hugging the Swiss and Italian borders. In fact, most wines from Savoie were some combination of overcropped, thin, searingly acidic, and painfully rustic; even the best examples rarely made it out of the local mountain resorts, where they were served as an après-ski to wash down many a melty croque-monsieur. But all that has changed, and today Savoie produces a number of top-quality wines in all styles, from simple thirst-quenchers to wines of substantial gravity. Kermit sought out some of these wines early in his career, having imported the spritzy, mineral whites of Apremont and Chignin in the late 1970s. With vineyards at the foot of the Alps that occasionally climb to higher elevations, Savoie is defined by its mountain-influenced climate and extremely rocky terrain, with abundant limestone. Thanks to a diversity of indigenous grape varieties, quality-oriented growers with the choicest parcels—steep and well-exposed—can craft anything from crisp, low-alcohol whites from Jacquère to deep, gamey reds from Mondeuse. More serious whites are made from Altesse as well as Bergeron, the local name for Roussanne, which the Romans planted on the slopes of Chignin around the same time as they introduced it to the Rhône Valley. Savoie’s diversity of styles and distinct sub-regions, from Arbin to Seyssel to the Bugey (technically not a part of Savoie, but included here for convenience) makes it a fascinating region for the thirsty explorer. There is no better place to look for brisk mountain refreshment.
Beaujolais Nouveau release day is undeniably a celebration of this year’s harvest, but it is also a day to put the spotlight on all that Beaujolais has to offer. Today, along with Domaine Dupeuble’s 2020 Nouveau, we are featuring Beaujolais’s reds, whites, and rosés from each regional classification
If there is one thing we have all learned to expect this year, it is the unexpected. Even so, here we are, right on time with our annual Champagne sale—and, boy, is Champagne in order! In case you’re feeling a little humbuggish, convinced there is nothing to celebrate, I asked our three Champagne producers why it’s always appropriate to pop a cork
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.
Going into 2017, it had been a few decades since we added a winemaking family to our Beaujolais portfolio. With the likes of Lapierre, Foillard, Thivin, and Thévenet, just to name a few, there seemed to be no need to expand that cohort of all-stars. Then we stumbled across the reds of Quentin Harel
The wines in this collection offer a genuine taste of Tuscany’s varied terroirs, encapsulating a long history of working the land that persists to this day. They are a taste of the earth, conjuring all the images that make us dream about the pastel shades of a Tuscan sunset.
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