Welcome wines from the Butcher’s Daughter


I recently had the chance to taste the latest releases under the “La Fille du Boucher”/“The Butcher’s Daughter” wine label. These are house wines selected and bottled for the trendy Parisian kosher restaurant of the same name, located in Paris’ 17th arrondissement.

Previously only their enjoyable Bordeaux wine was available here, but now six wines have been released: a new vintage of the Bordeaux and, a sparkling Muscat. The rest come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.

The Languedoc-Roussillon stretches along the Mediterranean coast from Spain in the west to Provence in the east. Historically it was important wine-wise and still accounts for around a quarter annually of all French production. (More wine is produced in the Languedoc alone than in the entire United States.)
For most of the 20th century, however, the region produced unremarkable bulk “vin ordinaire” that was cheaper than water.

Thankfully, the 1980s saw massive transformation and investment, and the area’s wines developed a fine reputation for quality, easy drinking, bargain priced wines with, at their best, “south of France” flavors that went well with Mediterranean foods. Small producers upped their game, and large producers, like Fortant de France, brought strategic vision to not only improve the wines but reposition them internationally and improve the overall standing of the region. All these efforts were largely successful.


There are not too many kosher Languedoc-Roussillon region wines in the American market these days, so these new releases from The Butcher’s Daughter are most welcome.

The Butchers Daughter Chardonnay Pays d’Oc IGP ($12): This is light, pleasant, and fruity; a simple, but refreshing and easy-drinking everyday wine. Serve chilled.

The Butchers Daughter Muscat Pays d’Oc IGP ($14): This is lovely with typical Muscat grapey nose, along with honeysuckle, passion fruit, subtle lychee, crisp Fuji apple, and a touch of mango. Light to medium bodied, with bright, clean and sweet aromas and flavors. Sweet-ish, but far from cloying, with decent balancing acidity. It would make a nice dessert wine, but also a serviceable aperitif. Should go beautifully with goat cheese, too. Serve chilled.

The Butchers Daughter Muscat Premium Sparkling ($20): Within minutes of the initial pour, no sparkles even when swirling it in the glass, but oddly still fairly lively in the mouth. The sensation is pleasant enough, but doesn’t really cohere, making it taste a bit like the regular Muscat, though seeming slightly sweeter, with C02 somewhat unhappily pumped in SodaStream style. For the price it underwhelms.

The Butchers Daughter Merlot Pays d’Oc IGP ($12): This is fun and fruity, slightly jammy, light-to-medium bodied, with a slight bite at the end, but not bitter. Not concentrated or complex, but an easy-to-drink everyday wine. Serve lightly chilled.

The Butchers Daughter Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d’Oc IGP ($12): Shows a slightly serious side, but remains uncomplicated, offering rich plum, cassis and red berry fruit characteristics, slightly tannic grip. While not altogether balanced, it is refreshing and easy-drinking. Served lightly chilled.

The Butchers Daughter Bordeaux Reserve 2014 ($16): An improvement over the enjoyable 2012 vintage, this is medium bodied with notable but not overwhelming tannins. It is lush and fruity, and very appealing with notes of cassis, ripe dark berry fruits and a bit of cedar wood. It is refreshing and hungers for a meaty meal. Very quaffable. L’chaim!

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