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20/02/2017
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A Journey to the Best Wine Regions of France

A Journey to the Best Wine Regions of France

Bonjour,

France is one of the largest wine producers in the world, contributing between 50 to 60 million hectoliters per year. This generates 7 to 8 billion bottles, which basically sums up to a bottle for every person in the planet!

The perfect temperature of France, and diverse climate temperatures and landscapes can supply wines of all kinds. ‘Terroir’ refers to a set of environmental factors associated with vineyards, and is important to French wineries as each of them has its own unique characteristic.

Today we’ll focus on taking you into a deeper journey of some of France’s best wine regions. We’ll first begin our trip in the southwest, in Bordeaux, and work our way up to the northeast, in Champagne.

Bordeaux

As one of the largest and most famous wine producing regions, Bordeaux sets the standard for the world’s wines. Its close proximity to the ocean leads to a temperate climate which creates wonderfully balanced wines with power and boldness. Most Bordeaux wines are blends of Merlot, for its velvety richness and depth, and Cabernet Sauvignon, for its fruity flavours and body, and often of Cabernet Franc, which gives incredible structure. If you’re ever curious, try a bottle of our Chateau La Rose Saint Bonnet. This Cabernet Sauvignon is dark hued with youthful highlights, and its nose is dominated by tropical scents like vanilla. A very well balanced wine we’d say!


Loire Valley

About 4 hours North from Bordeaux, the Loire Valley accommodates the crisp and flinty white Muscadet wines made to accompany their seafood. Many of its wines stay on lees, where the dead yeast cell are left over after fermentation, developing more flavours and complexity, and so is our Muscat Plessis-Duval deSevres et Maine sur Lie wine. In the Center of the valley are the illustrious Sancerre vineyards. It comes in a blending of flint, marl, limestone-clay and clayey-sand, and brings out notes of citruses and white flowers. A bottle worth a try!


Burgundy

A great white Burgundy will possibly make some of your finest drinking experiences. Its vineyards run down the picturesque valley of the river Saône, where you find the Côte de Nuits and the Yonne river on the West with its unforgettable Chablis. Here, the wines are all shaped by a distinctive Terroir, and this unique taste can be found in our Petit Chablis and Chablis from the famous La Chablisienne domain. Below it, in the Beaune region, you find the splendidly velvety Pouilly-Fuissé whites. Chardonnay is used almost exclusively for the white wines and Pinot Noir for the reds. Take for instance our highly recommended Chateau Philippe LeHardi Vielles Vignes AOC. Bright red in colour with a red berries nose, this Pinot Noir gives a supple, powerful and long-lasting taste.



Champagne

This region is home of the world’s most famous, delicate and complex sparkling wine, Champagne. Located in the northeast of France, Champagne lies at the edge of vineyard-growing areas, with lower average temperatures. The growing season is barely warm and allows the grapes of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay to develop exquisite aromas while keeping freshness and crisp. Among multiple options of champagne, we have our Champagne Charles Mignon – Premium Reserve Brut) available online for a taste! What makes this wine a symbol of elegance is the knowledge of its artisans, transmitted through ages, to blend successfully the 3 most famous grapes in Champagne; here the craftsmanship creates a sparkling wine full of flavours with fine bubbles.



That’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed our journey across these beautiful French regions.

Don’t forget to drop by any of our stores or our restaurants to make a purchase or look beyond our collection of French wines. You can also instantly make a purchase at our online store.

Au Revoir!

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