2021 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend
It is with great honor and excitement that we offer you the 2021 vintage of Amuse Bouche, featuring artwork by renowned French artist Marc Clauzade. His piece entitled "Casse Croute" (which roughly translates to "tasty snack") portrays the beautiful chaos of a kitchen scene — its vibrant colors an apt illustration of Julia Child’s famous quote. You may remember that Marc's portrayal of the lady in the red dress, "Le Bar a Vin," adorned our label more than a decade ago.
The 2021 harvest was excellent, but our overall production was down 35% (smaller berries but loaded with flavor) due to the persistent drought conditions of this growing season. Amuse Bouche 2021, crafted in the Pomerol-style, is a blend of 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc from our vineyards in the east Rutherford Hills of Napa Valley.
To reserve your allocation of Amuse Bouche 2021, please complete the order form below, email Eileen@AmuseBoucheWine.com, or phone-in at 707-251-9300. Your wine will ship fall 2023.
Each allocation of Amuse Bouche 2021 will come with a hand signed and numbered, limited-edition lithograph, which we produce in France on Rives paper (36" x 30").
We produced a limited number of 1.5-liter magnums, numbered and signed by Heidi available on a first-in basis. Absent from the order form are our 5.0-liter hand-etched, painted and signed Jeroboams. We produce 10 of these each vintage. If interested, please contact Eileen directly at Eileen@AmuseBoucheWine.com
The Artist: Marc Clauzade
Born in 1957 and raised in a family of art and fashion (both grandmothers were designers for France's top fashion houses in the 1930s), Clauzade embarked on an education in engineering before acknowledging his passion for art and enrolling at the Beaux-Arts school in Toulouse. Shortly after completing his training, he was awarded the coveted Grand Prix Oil from the FIAP Paris Salon. His art is now exhibited worldwide, including stateside at institutions such as the Galerie d'Art Français in New Orleans and the Galerie Rue Toulouse in Carmel. Clauzade uses flowing brushstrokes and contrasting lines to create flirty, colorful personalities in retro-chic milieus. The French Art Network hails Clauzade as "the first artist to reinterpret Lautrec and Dégas in over 100 years."
- James Suckling, November 2023
- Antonio Galloni, December 2023