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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2016 Anne Sophie Dubois, Fleurie “Clepsydre”, Beaujolais, France
Regularly $26.99, Special Price $22.99

Cheese: Le Secret des Lys, Franche-Comte, France
Regularly $8.99/ea, Special Price $6.99/ea

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

This week I wanted to feature a wine from Anne Sophie Dubois, who is something of a rising star in Beaujolais. Based in the heart of Fleurie, Anne-Sophies’ wines epitomize delicacy and finesse, and her cuvée “Clepsydre” is an absolutely brilliant and wonderful wine. Clepsydre, the French word for water clock, were used as time measuring instruments in ancient Egypt. This cuvée is named as such because it is the one of Anne-Sophie’s wines that requires the most time and patience to show the full extent of its aromatics and flavor. The wine shows loads of vivid red fruits like raspberries and damson plum with notes of baking spices and violets all happily jumbled together in the most delightful way. Delicious and irresistible, Anne-Sophie’s Clepsydre is a wine that captures and holds your attention and rewards those who give it the time it deserves.

The details: 100% organically grown Gamay from southwest facing vineyards. 60+ year old vines planted in granitic soil. 100% destemmed and vinified using native yeasts. The wine ages for approximately 13 months in neutral French oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Le Secret des Lys is made high in the mountains of the Franche-Comte region near the village of Cléron by the Perrin family, who also make other well-known mountain cheeses such as Morbier and Raclette.

Based on Saint-Marcellin, Le Secret des Lys has a silky texture and a similar flavor to ripe Brie, but with a delicate crème fraîche tang to the finish. Serve it at room temperature with a crusty baguette and this week’s featured wine, Fleurie “Clepsydre”.