The year is 25 AD. Spring has arrived in the Roman town of Botenus (modern-day Boutenac, in France’s Languedoc), and the villagers have abandoned their long winter cloaks in favor of hip, breezy tunics purchased from a local silk merchant. They are preparing for the big town party, where all will show up rocking his or her finest toga—back then, every party was a toga party—and gleefully quaff down bracingly cold goblets of the deliciously crisp local Gris de Gris rosé. Or at least, this is what we imagine things were like back in Roman times, when the vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in today’s Corbières appellation, were first planted. Artifacts that have surfaced among the vines, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa, are a testament to its antiquity. Bruno Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century, and for over thirty years, KLWM has proudly imported their wines. Their Gris de Gris, a direct-press rosé of mostly Grenache Gris, has been a longtime favorite, a crowd-pleaser bursting with juicy aromas of citrus, rhubarb, and wild strawberries. The Corbières rouge, made with a good portion of whole clusters, is one of the most perennially drinkable southern reds we know of—generous and approachable, with succulent dark fruit and herbs. Their Réserve la Demoiselle, which highlights the domaine’s epic bush-vine Carignan planted in 1904, drinks well upon release and has been known to age for upwards of twenty years, rivaling much more prestigious wines. Best of all, the fairness of Fontsainte’s pricing allows us to offer incredible values to our clientele. So do as the Romans did, and stock up on Fontsainte Corbières—you won’t regret it.
Domaine de Fontsainte France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Corbières
Its peachy-pink hue hints at what’s to come: orchard fruits and brambly wild berries, grapefruit and wet slate after a summer rain! Perfect with chips and a sandwich on-the-go, or an elaborate al fresco meal. A staple wine I can’t live without.
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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