A Twist on a Classic
Picasso is attributed with saying “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” That thought inspires me to consider the classics of the wine world and how they have been reinterpreted around the world by pioneering, or even rebellious winemakers.
France is considered the touchstone for wine classics – its wine regions read like a roll call of stars: Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and so many more. Wine lovers learn these classic styles what makes them renowned, recognising their quality and heritage further enhances their appreciation.
Yet once you’ve mastered the classics, you can appreciate them when reimagined. Either the same grape but in an entirely different terroir, or by a local vigneron that decides to break out of the regional style mould it is exciting, for these are the steps that ensure the wine world is evolving.
So in the spirit of the new year this collection contains a classic white Burgundy and its Southern Hemisphere Kiwi twist.
It also contains a rebellious natural Cab Franc from the Loire that has stripped all its regional rules and goes by a free-spirited Vin de France.