Vive Les Athletes du Vin!

Aug 11, 2023

Les Athlètes du Vin is a négociant project started by the independent winegrowers group, Vini Be Good. The goal of the group is to allow growers and makers a space to focus on their craft instead of worrying about a bottom line. Les Athletes du Vin focuses on “typical, value-driven wines from the Loire Valley” and works largely with growers who are farming either organically or biodynamically. These classic Loire wines have become some of our favorite go-to bottles. These affordable wines are perfect for bringing to a neighbor’s house, pairing with your weeknight dinner, or exploring a new style.

All three wines are available at Krog, West End and Fayetteville locations.

Vin de France Chenin Blanc - $19.99
The grapes for this Chenin Blanc are grown on 35 year old vines in sandy, clay soil. The wine ferments and ages in stainless steel tanks. It’s pleasantly fruity with a great acid balance, making it super easy-drinking. The palate shows notes of white peach, pear, and gentle citrus. It makes a great pairing with grilled fish and spicy foods - think fish tacos!

Vin de France Gamay - $19.99
This Gamay hand-picked, destemmed, and macerated. The wine ferments in concrete tanks before aging for six months in a blend of concrete and stainless steel tanks. It sees a gentle filtration and no fining. The palate is bright and juicy with black cherries, dark red fruits, and a bit of spice. Try it alongside a homemade charcuterie board.

Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc - $19.99
This Cabernet Franc is complex, supple, and juicy. The grapes come from 35 year old vines growing in clay and limestone soil. The wine sees maceration for 3 weeks and ferments in stainless steel tanks. It’s medium bodied and smooth. You’ll taste notes of ripe red berries and a subtle minerality. This wine makes an excellent pairing with vegetarian dishes or chicken dishes with tomato-based sauces.

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