|Jolly Cardinals in France?
Georges Croegaert was born and studied Antwerp. He moved to Paris in 1876
and remained death in 1923. taking a humorous look at the clergy of the day.
Croegaert art included works depicting cardinals participating in card games, excessive eating and drinking and indulgent pastimes poking
fun at the often debauched lifestyles of the upper Catholic clergy.
One of these taunting works, hangs in Chateau Le Pavillon
built 1780, in Normandy on edge of Louviers. Le Pavillon was privately owned
until the 1940s when SS officers commandeered the chateau.
A British businessman bought it in 1970s and worked some renovations
but by the time Miami residents, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildbrant,
bought it 10 years later, the chateau remainedin rough shape.
Part of the renovation was the acquisition of artwork including
some of "The Jolly Cardinals" by Georges Croegaert (1848-1923).
The painting above is a representation of this genre by Croegaert but NOT
the one hanging in LePavillon. That privately held piece depicts a smiling cardinal uncorking what appears to be a bottle of champagne.
Most of the paintings show a plate of what seems to be sweets. So while the sparkling would work, we are pairing this genre with Sauternes,
the quintessential French dessert wine.
Consider The Jolly Cardinals with 2018 Chateau Roumieu Lacoste Sauternes
100% Semillon. Imported by Kermit Lynch
Roûmieu-Lacoste is in Haut Barsac, an area famous and more renowned historically than the Sauternes appellation, for its particularly robust, powerfully styled moelleux with pronounced acidity. The vineyards are calcareous clay on fissured rock, peppered with red iron, white limestone, and grey flint gravel. The resulting wine
is classic Sauternes with deep honey notes and apricot and peach flavors
at just the appropriate sweetness levels without being too heavy or dense.