For Sandrine Rossi, owner of Frenchie in the South End, the first year of running a restaurant was all about adaptation. “I gave up wearing nice shoes for sneakers, since I run everywhere all day,” muses the environmental engineer-turned-restaurateur. But some decisions came easily, like showcasing a bottle from her father’s winery.
“It’s very natural for me to have this wine,” explains the native of Normandy, France. She’s referring to a pour from Château La Tour de By, where her father, Jean Rossi, a retired civil engineer, is co-owner. Grapes for the lithe and lively Bordeaux are grown on an ecology-minded property of about 180 acres in the Médoc, near to where the Gironde estuary meets the Atlantic. It’s crafted from cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and petit verdot.
Because it’s a cru bourgeois, a category of reds offering excellent value, the wine ($15 a glass, $55 a bottle) fits with Frenchie’s easy-going approach. “Most are very affordable,” Rossi says about the wines on the list. “That’s really important for us.”
The red is delicious, whether served with warm goat cheese or duck magret. “The tannins are more subtle than other Bordeaux,” she explains. “The feeling is elegant and fresh.” That versatility is par for the course. “I want people to discover what they like and have a good time,” she enthuses.
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