The six wines in this sampler have featured prominently on the Lynch table this summer, successfully accompanying garden salads, grilled fish, ratatouille, lamb chops, and more...
I write to you as KLWM’s foreign correspondent, having spent most of the last several months visiting our longstanding domaines in France and Italy, tasting and blending, living out of a suitcase with an eye and nose out for exciting new wines. The job has taken me from the quaint banks of the Loire Valley to the rustic contrade of Sicily’s Mount Etna, and many places in between. But after each trip, it's been a true pleasure to return home, to Provence, to recharge my batteries and savor the delights that are unique to this part of southern France. Summer is the perfect time to revisit our selections from Provençal vignerons. As you might expect, nothing pairs better with the local rosés, whites, and reds than the scent of flowering broom, lavender, and pine needles wafting through the air, rays of sun beating down generously, and a fresh breeze on a shady terrace providing welcome refreshment. The six wines in this sampler have featured prominently on the Lynch table this summer, successfully accompanying garden salads, grilled fish, ratatouille, lamb chops, and more. The rosés from Gros ‘Noré and Hauvette are valiant contenders to the hotly disputed title of Rosé of the Year—with an extra year under its belt, the Hauvette is all the wiser. Among the whites, you’ll find a pleasant contrast between the lively charm of the Cassis and the deeper nuances offered by the Côtes de Provence. Hailing from the seaside and the mountains, respectively, both offer calcareous minerality and salinity in spades. As for the two Bandol reds, they could not be more different: the carnal chewiness of the Tour du Bon lies in stark opposition to the Terrebrune’s cool focus. Give them a slight chill for optimum summertime refreshment.
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