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Château Saumade ‘Cuvée Sainte Chapelle’ 2017
Corbières AOC, France

For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
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Bette Davis is in her elegant prime in these two films from 1942. While the humor of The Man Who Came to Dinner was a departure for Davis at the time – as was taking a supporting role – her turn in Now, Voyager is one of the great dramatic performances of her career. Savor this star’s panache along with a lovely and aromatic Torrontés, a complex and delicious grape.

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

Documents show that wine has been made at Château Saumade since at least 1172, when it belonged to Ermengarde, Countess of Narbonne. Since 1803, the estate has been under the care of Guillaume Allien’s family – he’s the eighth generation to craft wine here. Despite being in his final year of medical school, Guillaume gave it all up to restore Château Saumade and learn winemaking. He’s even brought in talented consultant Gilles Dejean to help out in the cellar.

THE REGION

VY_France_Midi_LanguedocDocuments show that wine has been made at Château Saumade since at least 1172, when it belonged to Ermengarde, Countess of Narbonne. Since 1803, the estate has been under the care of Guillaume Allien’s family – he’s the eighth generation to craft wine here. Despite being in his final year of medical school, Guillaume gave it all up to restore Château Saumade and learn winemaking. He’s even brought in talented consultant Gilles Dejean to help out in the cellar.

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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