Movie & Wine Pairing


Chemins de Casel Chardonnay 2016
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

Love Crazy (1941)

William Powell and Myrna Loy were never married in real life, but with their great onscreen chemistry in over a dozen films most people believed they were. In Love Crazy, they play yet another couple whose relationship hits some hilarious snags when the husband’s mother-in-law drops in for an extended stay. This appealing southern French Chardonnay is a lovely match to Loy – one of the loveliest of all actresses.


Childhood friends Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier (inset with team) craft top Burgundy at their acclaimed estate in the Mâcon, which La Revue du Vin de France calls “one of the most important properties.” Like other top Burgundy houses, they saw the potential for making fine Chardonnay in southern France – at far friendlier prices. Their estate, purchased in 1997, lies in Limoux (the Languedoc’s best spot for Chardonnay), and this delicious white is crafted from vines grown high in the Aude Valley. It’s packed with ripe peach and lemon, and is sure to charm guests.


In the extreme southwest of the Languedoc, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the climatic influences of the Mediterranean and Atlantic merge. “The terrain and climate of Limoux conspire to make simply beautiful Chardonnay,” says top critic Victoria Moore. The fruit for this exclusive cuvée is grown 1,700 feet up, which is key. The grapes bathe in sunshine by day (getting fully ripe), yet benefit from cool temperatures at night (which locks in freshness).


WM_Collovray_and_Terrier_TeamChristian and Jean-Luc have brought their Burgundy expertise to bear, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. They’ve re-planted most of the domaine using cuttings from their Burgundy estate, and have also increased density to promote deeper rooting and lower yields (leading to more concentrated flavors in your glass). And they also built a brand-new underground barrel cellar which holds 300 barriques.


fish_sole_meuniereTasted blind, you could mistake this for fine white Burgundy. It’s equally as foodfriendly, so your pairing options are wide open. Seafood lover? Try steamed lobster and butter or the classic French match: sole à la meunière (sole cooked in brown butter, with chopped parsley and lemon). Creamy pastas or vegetarian dishes will work too. Or enjoy a glass by itself before dinner.

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