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The French have their blanc de blanc, gris de gris, and now this noir de noir. For dessert, it takes you into the heart of darkness. Black fig and blackberry. Expensive? It keeps for days after opening, and a little dab’ll do ya. Abandon all despair, ye who uncork this raving beauty.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch