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.
Italy | Sicily | IGT Terre Siciliane Grottafumata means “smoky caves” and that's exactly what I think about when I swish this around. Grown in volcanic soils, it's a perfect balance between smoky tannins and Sicilian grapes.
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.
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 | 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).
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 | Burgundy | Marsannay Clos du Roy always seems to have a bit more meat on its bones, a little more depth and richness, in both the red and the white versions. It is more masculine in style.
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 | 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 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.
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.
Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe
France | Southern Rhône | Châteauneuf-du-Pape The majesty of the La Crau vineyard is encapsulated in this wine. I can't think of a grander expression of Southern Rhone terroir to be enjoyed this winter.
France | Loire | Chinon The perfect combination of tart red fruit, herbaceousness, and graphite earthiness. Try it with this recipe for Grilled Palliards of Beef with Anchovies and Shallots.
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.
Domaine Robert Chevillon
France | Burgundy | Bourgogne Today, awareness of Passetoutgrain has largely faded, but if you look closely in cellars throughout Burgundy, you’ll notice many of the greatest domaines continue to uphold this tradition.
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie
France | Loire | Bourgueil Smooth and seductive on the palate, Cuvée Beauvais offers a resurgence of silky fruit and florals—like blackberries and roses, without the thorns.
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.
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