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Château Saumade ‘Cuvée Sainte Chapelle’ 2016
Corbières AOC, France

For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

A classic story of courage and romance, For Whom the Bell Tolls perfectly pairs with this hearty, flavorful cuvée. Starring Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper, the movie is an unforgettable adaption of Hemingway’s novel. Like the wine, it is an award winner, nominated for nine Academy Awards with Katina Paxinou winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as Pilar.

THE WINE

The ancient southern French village of Corbières is home to seriously rich reds – and if you’ve yet to try one, this lush discovery will be your perfect introduction. Château Saumade hails from passionate winemaker Guillaume Allien and his historic, 12thcentury estate, where the vineyards are strategically sited on steep, stony soils. Boasting a gold medal from the prestigious Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide, it overflows with ripe blackberry, licorice, and classic garrigue (wild herb) notes.

THE ESTATE

Though the name Torrontés is used to describe several distinct grape varieties in Spain, this Torrontés grape is unique to Argentina. And if Malbec is the country's King of Reds, Torrontés is surely its Queen of Whites. Critic Tom Cannavan writes: "Torrontés is a white wine grape that makes terrifically fragrant, perfumed-yet-rich, fruity wines with crisp acidity."

THE REGION

VY_France_Midi_LanguedocNestled in the heart of southern France’s Languedoc-Roussillon, Corbières is the region’s largest appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). It benefits from a Mediterranean climate, complete with warm, sunny days and cool sea breezes that help grapes ripen to perfection and lock in freshness, respectively. This elegant blend stars Syrah and Grenache, with splashes of Mourvèdre and Carignan.

WITH FOOD

game_venisonbraisedLocals in Corbières love to hunt, so they’d pair this rich red with their favorite game meats. It’ll be delicious with spicy wild boar sausages, braised venison, or even rabbit stew. If game meats are difficult to come by, beef is a classic match – from juicy burgers to tender pot roast. You could also serve this with mushroom ‘steaks’ or hearty, tomato-based pastas.

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