“The wines of yesteryear have the power to set our spirits afire.” —André Ostertag
Here is a collection of wines with some age, which we have perfectly cellared for your enjoyment. Many of these bottles are ready to unfurl their layers of complexity right now. Others, you may wish to tuck away in your own cellar for another five or ten years. Either way, when you do decide to pull the cork, you will not be disappointed.
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.
Domaine Catherine Le Gœuil France | Southern Rhône | Cairanne
This Cairanne bears all of the southern Rhône notes we love: black cherries, garrigue, olives, and stones. It will pair magically with braised oxtails or grilled lamb chops.
One cannot think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most celebrated cru of the southern Rhône, without thinking of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. The Brunier family is legendary in its own right, having been rooted to the enigmatic plateau known as La Crau for over one hundred years.
This kind of “overachiever”—a wine that delivers the elegance, complexity, or flat-out deliciousness regularly displayed by bottles much more expensive—isn’t limited to any price category. My colleagues and I have been as enamored in recent months with $19 Dolcetto from northwestern Italy as we have with soulful grand cru Saint-Émilion.
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 discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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