Domaine La Calmette Serpent a Plumes, Vin de France, Cahors$ 58.00
Top-notch viticulture, delicate extraction, and minimal sulfur, the impenetrable tannin and aggression are lifted and replaced by an altogether different edge—sharper, more precise, and definitely more engaging. The energy of the new Cahors is inviting, drinkable even! And Maya's and Nicolas’ wines are soft infusions with a vibrant core. They are exciting.
And then, when two lovers with intelligence and independently unique talent and good taste unite to make wine together, there's another level of something compelling, subtle, and energetic. The Wassermans describe it better than me, posed as things to ponder not answers, of course: is it the unity of feminine and masculine? Could it be that when the lights of the cellar are turned off, the wine is made by a greater Oneness? Perhaps while longingly reciting Verlaine’s My Familiar Dream? Drink it and decide for yourself.