France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru The brilliance of the Sommerberg vineyard is its ability to produce sumptuously rich and perfumed Pinot Gris that maintains a vibrant acidity and stony backbone.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Wiptal is the highest-altitude portion of the Sommerberg vineyard in Niedermorschwihr, a perfect amphitheater that clings to the very top of the vineyard’s steep granite slope.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc Aged for two years in barrel and bottled unfiltered, this soulful Languedoc super-cuvée promises to age just as gracefully as top bottlings from Bandol and the Rhône.
France | Loire | Saumur “It’s a whirlwind of quince, chamomile, honey and cream, all pierced by a lightning bolt of citrus.” When Karen MacNeil wrote this line in The Wine Bible she was likely sitting next to an open bottle of this very wine.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Pfersig means “peach,” and the wine’s subtle whispers of white peach are adorable, and then the bouquet keeps growing more expansive, more intense, grander.
France | Burgundy | Saint-Aubin The 2018 Cortons flaunts expressive, nutty aromas, followed by a well-balanced combination of Saint-Aubin zing and a richness reminiscent of neighboring appellations.
Domaine Leon Barral
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Searching for something a bit funky to enliven your jaded palate? Look no further and prepare for an experience like none other.
Lambert de Seyssel
France | Savoie and Bugey | Seyssel Made in traditional Champagne method with all of the complexity that would find in a quality Champagne, this wine is an exceptionally great value!
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Late-harvest wines of this quality in Alsace take incredible skill to make. This is a supremely beautiful example of a harmonious, highly successful partnership between man and nature.
France | Burgundy | Aloxe-Corton This rouge—a blend of fruit from two parcels that abut premier cru vineyards—delivers such finesse and pleasure that it makes you wonder why this village isn’t mentioned more often in the same breath as Volnay, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Kuentz-Bas vinifies a glorious dry Muscat from grand cru Pfersigberg, an ample and fleshy white scented of ripe citrus, tropical flowers, and exotic fruits.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Saint-Chinian I recommend the wines of Isabelle and Mathieu Champart on any occasion I get because they are under-the-radar gems: full of character, texture, and aroma.
Catherine & Pierre Breton
France | Loire | Bourgueil There isn’t a spot in the world better suited for Cabernet Franc, and their old vines produce the raw material for one of the best reds in the Loire valley.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru The Dudenstein bottling, produced only in great years, represents the pinnacle of Boxler’s wine-growing prowess and without any doubt is one of Alsace’s—and the world’s—finest Rieslings.
André & Michel Quenard
France | Savoie and Bugey | Savoie Chignin-Bergeron Looking for the opulence of a southern white wine? Travel no further than Chignin. This Roussanne will exceed your wildest expectations.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc Montpeyroux The appellation of Montpeyroux does not have any official grands crus, but Domaine d’Aupilhac’s Les Cocalières is certainly worthy of such distinction.