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If you walk five minutes north of Domaine Charles Joguet, in the sleepy commune of Sazilly, you come to a picture-perfect clearing on the Vienne river. It’s hard to imagine a better location for a picnic or barbecue. Like much of the Loire Valley, the bank rolls softly into the river, making it easy to take a dip in the slow-moving water between bites of cheese and sips of wine. The area is mostly sunny and exposed, but there are a few trees giving generous shade should you need some relief from the summer heat.
If this is nature’s answer to where you should spend an afternoon picnic, Joguet’s Chinon Rosé is wine’s answer to what you should drink once you’re there. One of the first rosés Kermit imported—in 1978, long before rosé became a
gold pink rush—this wine has been consistently delicious for four decades. It is especially mouthwatering with the 2017 vintage, delivering an elegant balance of strawberries, raspberries, and spice. Pair this wine with your favorite picnic food and raise a glass to this iconic domaine’s 40th year of sending U.S. wine drinkers beautiful, thirst-quenching rosé.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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