France | Loire | Vouvray From clay and limestone vineyards, they are able to obtain remarkable complexity in their Brut, while the texture shows both a creamy richness and an austere minerality.
Moulin Jean-Marie Cornille
France | Provence | Vallée des Baux de Provence AOP For holiday gifting, I recommend the KLWM grocery import trifecta: a bottle of olive oil, a jar of Ligurian olives, and our staff-favorite French mustard. Give the gift of an artisanal kitchen restock!
France | Beaujolais | Beaujolais Do I dare call the 2021 a “serious” Nouveau? It has some guts and tannin to it while retaining a tart black cherry base. The Dupeuble is downright delicious.
Domaine Comte Abbatucci
France | Corsica | Vin de France What is there to say about this wine that upon first opening you will be engulfed with aromas of maquis that grows wild all over Corsica. Not to mention the exuberant energy this wine has on the palate.
France | Beaujolais | Régnié Savor it while you can, because your glass will be empty before you know it, leaving you only with the spicy, mineral-laden aftertaste of a bottle that went down way too easily.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Pic Saint Loup Its intense aromatics brazenly translate the Pic’s rugged nature, and an almost chewable minerality brings to mind slabs of shattered limestone incarnated as energy, drive, and uncommon length on the palate.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc A blend of Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Vermentino planted in the lieu-dit of Aupilhac, the little corner of the Larzac behind Sylvain’s winery.
France | Loire | Coteaux du Loir This Chenin Blanc has a tart sweetness, or perhaps a sweet tartness—with neither overbearing—that epitomizes good balance and will have you greedily reaching for your glass.
France | Loire | Jasnières Racy, slightly honeyed, exotically perfumed, and loaded with minerality, this wine is an excellent representation of how Chenin reacts to the local conditions.
Domaine du Durban
France | Southern Rhône | Gigondas Throw a rock (or a riverbed stone) in the southern Rhône and chances are you’ll land on a bottle whose contents, for the price, wouldn’t hold a candle to Henri Leydier’s Gigondas from Domaine de Durban.
France | Alsace | Alsace This “noble blend” combines the region’s principal grape varieties in one lip-smacking, liter-sized bottle of fun, perfectly capturing the magic of Alsace at bargain cost.
France | Loire | Coteaux du Loir This red is 100% Pineau d’Aunis, an indigenous red grape we hold dear to our collective hearts because of its mystifying aromatics, low alcohol, and bright, juicy texture.
Domaine de Fontsainte
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Corbières Its peachy-pink hue hints at what’s to come: orchard fruits and brambly wild berries, grapefruit and wet slate after a summer rain! Perfect with chips and a sandwich on-the-go, or an elaborate al fresco meal. A staple wine I can’t live without.
France | Loire | Chinon Put a slight chill on it, pop the cork, and inhale its lively perfume: the floral fragrance and bright, juicy fruit—picture fresh-squeezed berries—are simply irresistible.
France | Loire | Chinon Matthieu Baudry makes his rosé from young Cabernet Franc vines on the gravelly banks of the Vienne, capturing both youthful fruit and energizing mineral textures.
André & Michel Quenard
France | Savoie and Bugey | Chignin This red is ethereal, with fragrant notes of cherries, raspberries, and pine. It’s a perfect picnic Pinot Noir, light enough for drinking on its own or pairing with crudités and charcuterie.
André & Michel Quenard
France | Savoie and Bugey | Vin de Savoie With notes of mixed black and red fruit and a spine of minerality, Quenard’s Gamay is crunchier, more aromatic, and more succulent than most bottles you’d find in Beaujolais.
Domaine Pierre Guillemot
France | Burgundy | Savigny-aux-Serpentières One of the world’s greatest red Burgundy values, with a track record that would make many grands crus jealous, this is the Guillemot family’s flagship bottling.
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 | Burgundy | Saint-Aubin From the most prized terroir of Saint-Aubin, this is a real thoroughbred that you should classify along with the great premiers crus of Chassagne, Puligny, and Meursault.
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.
France | Alsace | Alsace Ostertag’s Fronholz delivers deeply refreshing, pulpous cherry fruit, woodsy nuances that scream autumn, and velvety-smooth tannins that give the finest reds from anywhere a run for their money.
Château La Roque
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc Pic Saint Loup This chewy red offers aromas of ripe black cherry and wild brush that beg for something hearty, grilled, and smothered with garlic and herbs.
Domaine de Durban
France | Southern Rhône | Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise This lovely Muscat is full of fresh honeysuckle and ripe citrus fruit. Have an ice cream maker? This wine makes the best sorbet you’ll ever taste!
France | Alsace | Alsace Light, citrusy, aromatic, and zippy on the palate. This crowd-pleaser can dance a jig on its own, but for the holidays, it pairs especially well with my family’s lineup of potluck-style appetizers: dad’s barbecued oysters, mom’s homemade dips, Aunt Terri’s broccoli salad, Grammie’s signature spicy Chex mix... Stock up, these bottles tend to disappear quickly.
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.
France | Burgundy | Côte de Nuits-Villages Blind taste this wine and you'll imagine you’re drinking a much fancier 1er or Grand Cru red Burgundy. Gachot-Monot is my go-to when I want to impress my palate without splurging.
France | Loire | Chinon The comfort of settling in for the winter—that’s the feeling I get the minute I put my nose in a glass of Baudry’s Chinon Grézeaux. The very name suggests its gravelly terroir and earthy structure: a natural choice for this time of year.
France | Loire | Chinon This cuvée comes from their highest vineyard, which rests on a plateau of gravel, sand, and limestone, and it is arguably their best entry point into the charm of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, lithe and less dense than the bottlings from their clay-and-limestone terroirs.
Catherine & Pierre Breton
France | Loire | Bourgueil A great option when you need to stop your “natty wine” friends in their un-sulfinated tracks. A seriously playful Cab Franc from the masters of vinous fun.
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 | Corsica | Patrimonio The Cuvée Sarah, an aromatic mix of roasted, smoking herbs with plenty of tannins to chew on, goes down with pleasure and calls for another round (and a grill).