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Domaine Brenac Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

One Way Passage (1932)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 @ 06:30 PM (ET)

Pair this elegant red with an expert tearjerker from 1932, the year of its estate’s founding. In One Way Passage, William Powell and Kay Francis star as doomed lovers on an ocean voyage to San Francisco. The actors appeared together in a number of films, but this proved to be their biggest commercial success. The Oscar-winning screenplay hits melodramatic highs with Powell as a condemned murderer and Francis as a terminally-ill woman, both experiencing their last chance at happiness. Enjoy their story with this captivating Cabernet.

THE WINE

France’s sunny south is a hotbed of delicious and reasonably priced wines – two of our favorite things. From local stars Didier Brenac and Yannick Pon and the excellent 2017 vintage, this small-batch Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely example. They harvested the grapes at optimum ripeness, then treated the wine to a gentle maceration (aka a gentle soaking of the grapes) to give it a rich color and coax out the Cabernet’s vibrant, fruit-forward character. The resulting wine has a deep ruby color, with silky black currant, blackberry, and blueberry flavors. Enjoy a glass on its own or with food – see over for our suggestions.

THE GRAPE

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of the reds, loved for its deep-colored, black currant-rich wines. Most famously, it’s the variety that powers Bordeaux’s legendary first growths, like Château Lafite and Château Margaux. However, you’ll also find plenty of world-class (more affordable) examples in southern France. Let us know what you think of this boutique gem!

THE REGION

VY_France_HeraultFounded in 1932 by Louis Brenac (Didier’s grandfather), the Brenac family estate lies in the Hérault Valley, near the 3,000-year-old town of Oppidum d’Ensérune. This rugged and brushy landscape helps to impart enticing wild-herb notes to the wines (which Hugh Johnson has described as having “real local character, a strong French accent and remarkably attractive prices”).

WITH FOOD

burg_withsauteedonionsCabernet is a classic match for beef and other savory meats. We recommend Domaine Brenac with grilled steaks, gourmet burgers, or a rack of ribs (preferably smothered in a sweet, Kansas City-style barbecue sauce to play up the wine’s fruit-rich character). In the cooler months, it’s a tasty partner for hearty stews (with or without meat) and a hunk of rustic bread.

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