Hervé sought out top-notch parcels of old-vine grapes from across the Languedoc. These gnarled, aging beauties yield a small amount of grapes, but their flavors are rich and concentrated. The heat and bright sunshine ripens the fruit perfectly and cooling breezes from the nearby Mediterranean help keep the wine juicy. For maximum freshness, the grapes are even harvested in the cool of night.
A full-bodied white like Cinéaste calls for an equally rich dish. Chicken Kiev with a homemade herb butter is a nice choice, along with Parmesan-crusted pork chops. Fragrant Indian and southeast Asian fare – vegetarian or otherwise – will work too, but be careful to avoid super-hot spices which will overwhelm the wine. Try a richly seasoned mild curry.