SPECIAL SAMPLER PRICE $144.00
(a 20% discount)
This item does not take further discounts
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 taste in this 6-bottle sampler, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done. To start, there are three weeknight whites: a Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Sylvaner, all $25 or less, and each bone-dry and versatile enough to pair well with a variety of plates, from a sliver of Saint-André and baguette, to Saag Paneer. These blancs are made with grapes from around Husseren-les-Châteaux, where Kuentz-Bas is based, in the southern half of Alsace. Then you have one of the best Pinot Noir values in the world. Vigneron Olivier Raffin has produced a fresh, ethereal, and elegant rendition, clocking in at 12% alcohol. While perfect for sipping alongside chèvre or charcuterie, I also love this wine with a plate of hummus and falafel. Finally, you have the weekend fireworks: two grand cru cuvées that should make you fall in love with Alsace if you haven’t already. In contrast with the four wines above, which originate from Husseren-les-Châteaux, Olivier travels half an hour north to the commune of Ribeauvillé for these extremely special grand cru Riesling and Muscat grapes. He farms them biodynamically, giving them the utmost care, and ages the wines sur lie, imbuing them with mesmerizing depth, length, and texture. Opening a bottle of Kuentz-Bas is always an obvious choice, and with a 20% discount on this sampler, it is now even more so. Don’t miss these stellar bottles!
2018 Pinot Blanc $17.00 The Pinot Blanc is floral and honeyed—though still completely dry—and would, according to Olivier Raffin, pair well with burgers, charcuterie, pâté en croûte, or any salty appetizer.
2018 Riesling $18.00 The Riesling is the leanest and most mineral of the bunch, so much so in fact that it would be perfect alongside oysters or other fresh shellfish.
2017 Sylvaner “Trois Châteaux” $25.00 With notes of orange pith and a chalky texture, the Sylvaner would pair beautifully with grilled fish or chicken.
2017 Pinot Noir $19.95 Evoking cherries and blackberries filtered through stones, this is perfect alongside a cheese or charcuterie plate, or all by itself.
2018 Muscat Grand Cru “Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé” $46.00 Olivier recommends opening this dry, irresistibly floral, and mineral, grand cru Muscat alongside crab or a fresh chèvre.
2014 Riesling Grand Cru “Geisberg” $55.00 With notes of meyer lemon and pear, and an endless finish, this is a regal and succulent Riesling.
Olivier travels half an hour north to the commune of Ribeauvillé to tend his extremely special grand cru Riesling and Muscat grapes.
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