Éric Chevalier is out to prove that Muscadet is a versatile white, with countless purposes beyond washing down oysters. He boldly switched to organic farming and ditched his machine harvester for the tried-and-true two hands and a pair of pruning shears—sadly, both uncommon practices in the region. His cellar practices further differentiate him from the Muscadet masses, as he relies solely on indigenous yeasts for fermentation, uses tiny doses of sulfur, and filters minimally. The outcome? This utterly mouthwatering, lip-smacking Melon de Bourgogne—much more than a simple oyster wine, but that isn’t to say that a cold glass alongside shucked bivalves won’t land you in Melon heaven.
This is the only pure Cabernet Sauvignon bottling we consistently stock, and it is not even from the grape’s spiritual home of Bordeaux—it instead hails from the craggy hillsides of Pic Saint-Loup, a top appellation of the Languedoc. Compare the price tag to what’s available from Bordeaux or Napa. Now picture the aristocratic Cabernet Sauvignon at its summer home in the south—a place where it can ditch pretension, soak up the sun, let its hair down, and breathe in the fragrances of the Mediterranean countryside.
Wine is all too often described as “floral,” but unless you’ve purposefully sniffed a hawthorn blossom, thrust your snout into a bouquet of peonies, or happened upon a field of lilies of the valley on the eve of the vernal equinox, you may simply roll your eyes at such poetic, yet brutally out-of-touch nomenclature. But consider Il Goccetto, from Piemonte’s rare Brachetto grape: this adorable bargain quaffer has an aroma so unmistakably redolent of rose petals that roses themselves might consider claiming royalties for every bottle sold. Silky on the palate with a dry, thornless finish, this red will pollinate your dreams of everyday Piemontese deliciousness.
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