Movie & Wine Pairing


Château du Clos Sainte-Anne Blanc 2015
Bordeaux AOC, France

Libeled Lady (1936)

Like this white Bordeaux blend, everything is just right with MGM’s classic comedy Libeled Lady. Pour a glass and enjoy four of the greatest stars of the 1930s – Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, William Powell and Myrna Loy – for a hilarious film of love and libel that has likewise garnered acclaim (including a Best Picture nomination). Match a top vintage with a top film from Hollywood’s golden age.


Our man on the ground, Jean-Marc Sauboua, introduced us to the Courselle family a few years ago with a red release Robert Parker called “a great little Bordeaux.” They also make serious white wines, as you’re about to discover. It’s a classic, 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, partially aged in barrel to impart a lovely, rounded mouthfeel. The estate’s vineyards, located southeast of the city of Bordeaux, are gravelly, south-facing slopes sitting atop a subterranean bed of fine clay – the perfect base for growing premium white grapes.


Thanks to an ideal growing season, Bordeaux’s 2015 vintage was the best since storied 2010. A hot, dry summer yielded grapes with intensely ripe and concentrated flavors, while the region’s cooling breezes preserved freshness. Top critic Antonio Galloni has been particularly impressed with the whites: “The 2015 dry whites are aromatic, bracing and absolutely delicious.” Château du Clos Sainte-Anne is a gorgeous example.


grapeThe Courselle family have been a top name in Bordeaux winemaking for over 100 years. In 1950, André Courselle acquired Château Thieuley – 30 years later, his son Francis added Châteaux du Clos Sainte-Anne and Saint-Genès to the family’s stable of estates. Today, Francis’ daughters Marie and Sylvie are continuing their family legacy by making wines that consistently garner international acclaim.


sal_lentilsaladWhite Bordeaux is a lovely partner for seafood. So if you’re planning to splurge on lobster or oysters, this is the wine you’ll want to have chilled and ready to go. (To play up this wine’s richer texture, you could go for a creamy lobster pot pie.) If you’re vegetarian, try a farro- or lentil-based salad topped with grilled eggplant, scallions, cherry tomatoes, basil and arugula.

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