Grange Saint-Sauveur’s wines are the first KLWM imports bearing Antoine Pouponneau’s name on their labels, but our connection with the Anjou native runs much deeper. Antoine worked as cellar manager at La Tour du Bon in Bandol from 1994 to 2006—his first job following winemaking studies in Dijon—then served a long tenure in Corsica as enologist at Clos Canarelli. His approach as a consultant is radically opposed to that of most enologists: rather than make standardized wines bearing the stamp of technique, Antoine uses his training to produce low-intervention cuvées reflective of their terroir, relying on his expertise in microbiology to create wines of character and identity as naturally as possible. After years of consulting throughout France and beyond, taking on clients such as Cheval Blanc and Château Latour, Antoine opted to create his very own domaine with his wife, Alice Gitton-Pouponneau, in 2017. Alice, who grew up in Anjou, recently completed studies in viticulture and enology with a focus on natural methods. She contributed the domaine’s first vineyard, a plot of old-vine Grolleau and Cabernet Franc overlooking the meandering Loire by her childhood home in Le Thoureil, a village midway between Angers and Saumur. This idyllic site, which they farm biodynamically and plow with a horse, is the source of the elegant, vibrant Grange Saint-Sauveur rouge. Alice and Antoine acquired additional vineyards in 2018, allowing them to add a bracing, chalky old-vine Chenin Blanc and chiseled, vinous rosé to the lineup. Their new parcels are currently in organic and biodynamic conversion, and all the wines are vinified with vineyard yeast, aged in wood, and bottled unfiltered with homeopathic doses of sulfur. Having worked with Antoine indirectly for many years, we are thrilled to finally propose this talented vigneron’s very own cuvées from his native Loire Valley. While quantities are minuscule, with just a few hundred cases produced annually, we have secured enough for this inaugural offer of Grange Saint-Sauveur’s red, white, and rosé. With several combined decades of high-level experience between them plus real touch in the cellar, Antoine and Alice’s cuvées are bound to turn heads and light up palates.
Franck Follin-Arbelet—joined today by his son Simon—is one of our most exciting and talented growers in Burgundy. He simply does everything right, and I mean everything. A true artist, he is the type of grower you can seek for years without finding: exactly what we look for here at KLWM...
Early June, 2009. Gail, Dixon, and I were driving from Tuscany back to France along the Ligurian coast. Earlier, Dixon had attended Vinitaly and been impressed by the wines of a domaine called Punta Crena, so we pulled off the autostrada, the one with all the tunnels, and drove down to Varigotti...
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
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.
From a tiny village nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees to Burgundy’s golden slope and the prestigious vineyards of Piedmont, we have just received dozens of exciting wines from many distinct regions in France and Italy.
If you ever need two superheroes to help tackle the evil villain of thirst, then Catherine and Pierre Breton are prime candidates. Thanks to these new arrivals from la famille Breton, barbecues, picnics, apéritifs, brunches, pregames, post-games, baby showers, regular showers, bubble baths, tailgates, and happy hours are all taken care of. Yet again, the heroes of soif have saved us from going thirsty.
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