France

Red, Green

Red, Green

Domaine Fouassier Sancerre L'étourneau2005Current price: about $26 This wine is 100% pinot noir, which one might guess from its color and ringing clarity. But it…

Drink, Memory

Drink, Memory

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côte-Rôtie "Les Jumelles"2000Current price: varies widely; about $45 We bought this wine at the source, on a trip to the Northern Rhône…

Ringing It In

Ringing It In

Louis RoedererCristal Champagne Brut1996Current price: about $350 Last night, to ring in the New Year, we pulled the cork on this elegant bottle of…

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Two Elegant French Dinner Companions

Guy LarmandierCramant Grand Cru Blanc de BlancsNVCurrent price: about $55 Château de BeaucastelChâteauneuf-du-Pape1993Current price: about $60 Last night we hosted an intimate dinner party…

A Little Trip to the South of France

A Little Trip to the South of France

Château de FlaugerguesLa Mejanelle "Cuveé Sommelière"2006 Ruby red, this Coteaux du Languedoc opens with a nose of washed linen, cherry, and fresh Provençal herbs…

Bordeaux on Our Table

Bordeaux on Our Table

Chateau La Croix du DucBordeaux AC2007 This 100% Merlot is brilliant cherry red and very clear in the glass. It delivers a funky, earthy…

Wise Beyond Its Years

Wise Beyond Its Years

Thierry GermainDomaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny2006 Brilliant purple, this wine is a jewel in a glass. I pour, and smell first—what? Herbs, maybe,…

An Elegant, Polished Beaujolais

An Elegant, Polished Beaujolais

Georges DuBoeufMoulin-à-Vent "Prestige"2003 When poured, the wine is milky and brickish red. Floral and very feminine, it offers a nose of blackberries, lavender, and…

A Beautiful Evening Companion

A Beautiful Evening Companion

Domaine Le Mas des CollinesRegis de Taxis Gigondas2005 Inky violet-red, this wine gives off the scent of violets, warm blackberries, smoke, and earth. Supple…

Château de Villegeorge

Château de Villegeorge

Château de VillegeorgeHaut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur2005 The wine is deep, inky purple, nearly opaque. On the nose it's intense: a little salty, a little…

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La Truffiere: Bigger than a Village

La TruffièreCôte du Rhône Villages2004 I was roasting chicken on a bed of leeks, carrots, lavender, and rosemary, so I asked my husband to…

Blood from Stones

Blood from Stones

Domaine le Sang des CaillouxCuvée Floureto2001 This beautiful Vacqueyras is still inky purple despite its age. When first poured it offers a sweaty funkiness,…