Château des Rontets Vineyard
It was truly a pleasure to visit Claire and Fabio at Château des Rontets last October. The couple met as architects in Milan, Italy, and eventually relocated to France to take charge of Claire’s family estate in the town of Fuissé, Burgundy. Fabio and Claire don’t subscribe fully to all of the intricacies of the biodynamic philosophy, but they have adopted some biodynamic techniques such as following a lunar calendar for harvesting and other cellar jobs. All of the estate’s grapes are grown organically and carefully hand harvested.
Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé “Clos Varambon”
The impressive 18th century Rontets château is surrounded by an old vineyard of Chardonnay grapes. This walled vineyard, or “clos,” is the highest elevation vineyard in the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. This is where the grapes are grown for the Château Rontets “Clos Varambon” Pouilly-Fuissé.
The Clos Varambon possesses a richness that’s not heavy or cloying. Silky-smooth in texture, this is truly an elegant wine. Bright appley fruit makes your mouth water, and a mineral complexity is balanced by a just-right acidity. A slightly salty and peppery finish makes this wine a perfect complement to cheese, white meats or seafood.
Château des Rontets Saint-Amour “Côte de Besset” 2012
On my trip (L-R): Claire and Fabio with Ihsan and Valerie
This rare Saint-Amour is tough for us to get our hands on – but a bit came in just for the holiday season. A lovely, elegant Gamay, this Saint-Amour is made from grapes in a single vineyard just over the border into Beaujolais.
Fresh cherry fruit with a background of earth and mineral finish, this is a perfect food wine for holiday parties.
Julie Cappellano is the General Manager and Wine Buyer at Formaggio Kitchen South End, Boston.
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At the end of each year, staff members at all three of our shops – in Cambridge, the South End of Boston and in New York – fill out a staff survey. We reflect on what we have tasted over the course of the past year – moments where we were surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly), new and exciting food experiences, as well as the flavors we found ourselves returning to time and again. We pick our favorites and share memorable moments. Some tried-and-true items appear in our survey results year after year – other items are new and exciting finds from the current year – goodies in this instance that distinguished 2013 from all others. Here are our top ten picks culled from this year’s survey results! Continue Reading »
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Do you have a food lover, budding chef, charcuterie aficionado or chocolate fiend in your life? Short on gift ideas? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered! Our staffers thought long and hard to come up with their top picks for what they would give to food-loving friends, family members and loved ones – here are the results: Continue Reading »
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I Clivi in Corno di Rosazzo
This year, we decided to let each of our wine buyers choose their number one pick for a Thanksgiving wine. Here we have an Italian bubbly from Gemma, an off-dry German white from Julie, and a French red from Jessica. Happy sipping and have a safe and delicious holiday! Continue Reading »
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We’d like to introduce you to Cobb Hill, a co-housing community within the larger community of Hartland, Vermont. The co-housing community is comprised of like-minded folks who aim to live in a socially and ecologically responsible manner – farming and working the land.
The Cobb Hill Cheese team are the makers behind one of our favorite domestic cheeses: Ascutney Mountain. They source milk from another member of their community – Cedar Mountain Farm, a dairy where cows eat only organic grains and grasses. Over the years, the cheesemaking operation has become an integral part of the economic viability of the co-housing community and we are pleased to have worked with them from the very beginning. Continue Reading »
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The Rolling Hills of Beaujolais
If we had our way, every other wine article would feature Beaujolais. That’s why this post features three Beaujolais from three different cru villages, just in time for holiday sipping! All are made from organically grown Gamay grapes and pair well with a wide variety of cheeses and appetizers. We especially like to pair Beaujolais with Comté and our exclusive import Pyrénées brebis. Here are our top three picks: Continue Reading »
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