France | Corsica | Patrimonio In this bottling from Yves Leccia, the French import Grenache—called Elegante in Corsica—takes center stage, offering fragrant notes of lavender spiced with balmy Mediterranean brush.
Italy | Sicily | Sicilia Noto A unique interpretation of chalky soils, wild Mediterranean herbs, coastal sea breeze, and Sicilian sunshine. Delicate, stimulating, and completely dry—it’s a ravishing aperitivo, but works with anything from the ocean.
André & Michel Quenard
France | Savoie, Bugey, Hautes-Alpes | Savoie It has often been likened to a cross between Pinot Noir and Syrah: bright, elegant, and floral, with suggestions of wild fruit, blood, and minerals.
Château Tertre de la Mouleyre
France | Bordeaux | St-Émilion Grand Cru Crafted from less than two hectares of organic grapes and vinified in a cramped garage, this is silky Saint-Emilion at its most seductive.
Italy | Tuscany | Rosso di Montalcino Paired with the high-elevation freshness, this site yields a lively, focused Rosso, featuring a mineral backbone that provides crystalline structure to the juicy, savory red fruit that cascades over the palate.
Italy | Liguria | Riviera Ligure di Ponente All the care, attentiveness, and backbreaking labor required to farm this site result in one of the most joyful and lighthearted reds you will encounter.
Château La Roque
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Languedoc Pic Saint Loup It’s dense, noble, with grip and grit, the kind of cuvée that could generate a lot of awe and attention... and also a much higher price tag.
Château La Roque
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Pic Saint Loup There is something timeless to La Roque’s Pic Saint Loup, its herbal bouquet and rich, fleshy texture, all free from any hint of modern trappings.
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays d'Oc For the southern red wine fanatic, lover of Bandol and other meaty reds, this wine is a steal. A blend of rustic and peppery grapes like Cab Franc, Carignan, and Syrah, it’s spicy, plummy, and so delicious. A cult favorite of those in the know.
France | Corsica | Patrimonio This white, raised in demi-muids with malolactic fermentation, flamboyantly shows off the affinity of ripe Vermentinu grapes with a judicious use of wood.
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 Durban
France | Southern Rhône | Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Leydiers at Domaine de Durban are particularly proud of their Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, a vin doux naturel, as they are among the last to craft it in the traditional style.
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!
Italy | Sicily | Etna This red’s satiny texture allows it to gloss over the palate with utter delicacy, while suggestions of smoke, white pepper, and brandied cherries linger after each sip.
Italy | Veneto | Corvina Veronese IGT At Corte Gardoni they believe in pure Corvina, putting the best aside for their Becco Rosso. Vibrant and faultlessly refreshing, this bottling has also been known to resemble much pricier Burgundy with some bottle age.
Domaine de Fontsainte
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Corbières The accents of herbal garrigue and vineyard stones offer just enough earthy terroir to counterbalance the chewy black fruit and mouth-coating wild brambleberry, making this bargain red the right bottle to uncork at any which moment.
Domaine La Tour Vieille
France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Collioure A stony, spicy cuvée full of Mediterranean sunshine, aromatic garrigue, and a hint of salinity that offers a perfect match for grilled rosemary lamb chops.
Italy | Veneto | Colli Trevigiani Unlike the opulent, Cassis-scented Merlots from Bordeaux’s Right Bank, this rendition—with its pretty notes of brambly wild berries and hints of spice—shows the more mineral, ethereal side of the grape.
France | Loire | Chinon Bone dry and perfectly chiseled, this zesty Petites Roches blanc will serve you well alongside a wide range of seafood from raw oysters to seared scallops to grilled sea bass.
France | Loire | Chinon Baudry is among the Loire’s most reliable names for authentic, age-worthy reds produced via natural methods, and the same holds true for the domaine’s rare, precious blanc.
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.
Domaine Roland Lavantureux
France | Burgundy | Chablis Everything about this cuvée, from the delicately briny scent of slick oyster shells to the concentrated, pristinely focused sensation on the palate, is a demonstration of why this domaine has become one of Chablis’ very best.
Italy | Sardinia | Cannonau di Sardegna The sweetly perfumed nose of rose petals, wild strawberry, and juniper prefaces this deep and powerful, yet exquisitely refined Cannonau, definitively putting Mamoiada on the map for lovers of Grenache and great Italian reds in general.
France | Burgundy | Bourgogne Climate, a clay-and-limestone soil, and stainless-steel vinification are the pillars of Valentin’s Galerne blanc, a divine rendition of pure, chiseled Chardonnay, bearing notes of orchard fruit, citrus, and oyster shells
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 de l’Alliance
France | Bordeaux A simply stunning white that seems to not just elevate the food on your plate, but your entire mood. Your surroundings will melt away as you get lost in your glass.
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