The Tasting Room

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At Chateau Sainte-Anne in Bandol, we met the fifth-generation owner Jean-Baptiste Dutheil in the shade of centuries-old cedars adjacent to the vineyard. Bottles were lined up on an ancient stone dug up directly from the property, and each glass received a generous pour of vintage after vintage of sappy, herbal minerality. We walked right into the garrigue of wild fennel and thyme and picked up handfuls of soil and smelled it and filtered the limestone through our fingers. We soaked up the same sun glaring off the green leaves of the vines and could almost taste the salt in the breeze from the sea…

This memorable moment was brought to you by a cold and rainy January day.

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