Veuve Fourny & Fils
France | Champagne | Vertus This blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir sees partial barrel aging, partial malolactic fermentation, and two and a half years aging in bottle before release.
Domaine Pierre Guillemot
France | Burgundy | Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Succulent and concentrated with a magnificent grain, this cuvée is always among the more earthy and savory of Guillemot’s lineup.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio It’s beautifully ethereal, with pillowy fruit that tastes so sublime it would be limiting to attempt a description, although quince and verbena jump to mind.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy Stylistically, Les Clous is in between La Fortune—lighter and brighter—and La Digoine—the densest and most sappy, characterized by medium weight with more red fruits, smooth but present tannins, and distinctive polish.
Domaine Comte Abbatucci
France | Corsica This may be the pinnacle of a Corsican red wine—indigenous grape varieties, natural fermentation—and a stunning outcome. This wine has incredible depth and most of all, a palpable energy.
France | Bordeaux | Pomerol Dress-code-not-required Bordeaux, whose velvety tannins and supple structure fit more like soft flannel and worn jeans than a stiff suit jacket and tie
France | Burgundy | Pernand-Vergelesses Ever the racy and mineral cuvée, this is all silk and flesh, and a rare village treat from a producer of mainly premier and grand cru wines.
France | Burgundy | Fixin Solid yet affordable cru burgundy with the structure, concentration, and complexity similar to Gevrey-Chambertin’s wine, as well as the bright fruit and accessibility of its other neighbor, Marsannay.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A Chardonnay made with regular topping-off of the barrels, to avoid any oxidation, this delivers an exotic nose of candied lemon and spices, focused acidity and a sensation of beeswax and nuts on the palate.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape Here at KLWM we’ve been referring to this cuvée as the Bruniers’ young-vine Châteauneuf for so long that those vines have gone and grown up right under our noses.
France | Burgundy | Aloxe-Corton The Follin family’s 2019 reds are some of the most delicious of the vintage I have tasted, none more so than their incredibly vibrant and pure Aloxe-Corton.
France | Loire | Saumur This chiseled Chenin Blanc comes from 70-year-old vines planted on an ancient limestone slope. Burgundian-like in character from its time spent in barrel, the laser-like acidity will become even more enticing with some age.
France | Loire | Sancerre Previously blended into the domaine’s Sancerre rouge, the 2018 vintage is the first separate bottling of this unique vineyard, a successful experiment if there ever was one.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy | Rully Rabourcé is considered one of the top premiers crus in Rully. Its old vines sit on a steep clay and limestone slope and yield a complex, powerful white Burgundy.
Domaine de Villaine
France | Burgundy | Rully From its basic elements—the crystal clear water, the crushed limestone soil, the lush, vibrant fruit—comes a dynamic and utterly delicious Chardonnay. This wine is all refinement and pure class.
France | Alsace | Alsace Fronholz is a vineyard composed primarily of quartz, and the taste of an Ostertag wine from here is reminiscent of this stone: sleek, transparent, and brilliant.
Domaine Régis Bouvier
France | Burgundy | Morey Saint Denis Surrounded by several grands crus, Regis’ plot of Morey Saint Denis is, not surprisingly, his most prestigious and most striking. The wine is firmly structured and robust, with dark, plump fruit that tastes fresh and utterly drinkable.
Barruol / Lynch
France | Northern Rhône | Hermitage From the small plot called La Pierrelle, whose vines are more than eighty years old, comes this Marsanne with magnificent floral, pit fruit, and bitter notes.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A transformative process must have been at work here, with the dynamic freshness of the ouillé, or topped-up style, yet it still displays hints of caramelization and golden savoriness.
France | Provence | Côtes de Provence This unique terroir, nestled among the limestone mountains north of Nice, deserves its own appellation. Contrary to the usual rough and tannic reds of the far-reaching Côtes de Provence appellation, this is fresh and lively! A gem hidden in the hills.
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 | Loire | Sancerre The rarest of the Reverdy cuvées, Ortus was really an invention at the urging of Kermit, who has a fondness for Sauvignon with full malolactic fermentation, aged in wood, bottled unfiltered, generally treated like a white Burgundy.
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 | Alsace Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall asleep in a field of summer flowers? Boxler’s Pinot Gris Reserve will make you feel like Dorothy in Oz, but instead of poppies...honeysuckle, chamomile, and as you lie back in the sun, you bite into a luscious, technicolor nectarine. Yum.
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Spend a minute or two trying to describe the palate: I’ll propose voluptuous, finesse, ampleur. Maybe simply grand cru says it—a privileged site for Riesling!
France | Alsace | Alsace Grand Cru Unlike light, crisp Italian Pinot Grigio, the grape achieves a sun-drenched plumpness that translates to a lusciousness on the palate, no doubt from the dry, sunny climate Alsace enjoys in the rain shadow of the Vosges.
France | Champagne | Bouzy Don’t just pair with classic white wine dishes, but stretch your imagination and try with lighter red wine pairings—roasted bird, pork chops or tenderloin, or hearty vegetable dishes.
France | Jura | Côtes du Jura A perfect treat when you want an ounce or two of something special. Macvin is a local tradition in the Jura that can serve as both an aperitif or a digestif. It has a golden, nutty quality from the marc (essentially grappa) that's mixed with a pure and concentrated grape must. Redolent of candied fruits, and sweet citrus, this is a nectar unlike anything we import.
Domaine du Gros ’Noré
France | Provence | Bandol Offer this Bandol a few deep breaths in a decanter, and its demeanor will soften, exhaling cool notes of eucalyptus and fresh fennel as it cozies up to you.
France | Loire | Vouvray Late-harvest Vouvray is legendary. It possesses sweet lusciousness and fresh acidity, a balance that makes it immediately appealing yet allows it to age magnificently.
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