Loyal readers of these pages will recall we’ve recommended this wine as a bold challenger to any beer that would accompany your barbecued sausages. I’ll add an update from Kuentz-Bas winemaker Olivier Raffin, who encourages burgers, charcuteries, pâté en croute, or any salty appetizer. This little beauty is a thirst quencher, floral on the nose, with herbal notes, followed by an ample palate and fresh acidity that makes a second glass hard to resist.
Sabine Dubourdieu often pairs her husband’s wine with a monkfish terrine she serves as an appetizer on hot summer nights, alongside a salad and a dollop of homemade mayonnaise. The possibilities are plentiful with this versatile wine, but I’d take Sabine’s advice and keep it simple and fresh: seafood or sushi, for example.
It’s a good thing for you that I only have a few lines because this wine tempts me to scribble poetry about summer, vacation, dry Provençal air, the scents of lavender and sagebrush, driving down the A7 with the Mediterranean on the horizon. It speaks to me of both comfort and adventure, new faces and good old friends. Supple, fruit-filled, with discreet tannins. Mouthwatering.
One of the last growers to produce Cabernet Franc in the Savennières appellation, Paul Bizard, who recently took the reins from his father, Luc, is as proud as he is protective of the domaine’s rare hectare of rouge. He sent us a picture of thirty beehives he installed in the vineyard in 2018 and announced that his next project is to replant cherry trees, the namesake of the clos. As for the wine, it’s a bottle “without pretension, but joy-enhancing,” which pretty much says it all.
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