The App: Chicken Liver Pâté and Toasted Bread.
Jameson’s Pick: Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux Cuvée Vielles Vignes Beaujolais 2009.
It’s hard to overstate the comforting decadence of a beautifully made pâté. Is it only the heartiest wines that can handle this French classic?
Absolutely not. Surprisingly, a lighter-style red with some zip, like a well-made Beaujolais, easily cuts through all that richness. And when you have some traditional accompaniments like cornichons or spicy mustard, often a wine that has a good amount of acidity is the perfect bridge from the substantial pâté to its refreshing complements.
The quality of Beaujolais from producers like Chermette makes me want to beat the drum for drinking Beaujolais year-round. Cru Beaujolais cellars beautifully, if you have the strength to resist its considerable charms. (The bottle pictured is the Nouveau, which drinks surprisingly well, but I recommend the Cuvée Traditionnelle Vieilles Vignes as an introduction to Chermette’s wines to enjoy while your Crus are tucked away for a few years.