Tour de France


Our Discovery Boxes are a great way to try a new varietal or to simply stick with something you know and love!

The six bottles will be packed in one of our beautiful wooden boxes, wrapped and ribboned and ready for you to collect, or we will deliver it to you, free of charge

Included is an information sheet (or cheat sheet), with a description of each wine and which food to pair it with.  Impress everyone at your next dinner party!

France has been known as THE wine capital of the world, I’m sure many other countries would disagree. One thing we can be sure of is that the range of wines that France producers are one of the largest a country has to offer. From the Loire Valley to Champagne, to Bordeaux and Burgundy, even small villages of the Jura make wine at a world-class standard. Let us take a journey around some of the main regions of France and see the plethora of wine France has to offer.

Champagne is best known for the traditional method sparkling wine being produced here but red wine used to reign as king here.

The AOC ‘Hermitage’ got its name from a hermit who lived on the hill of ‘Hermitage’

1. Charles Ellner, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Epernay, Champagne NV

This champagne is made from 100% chardonnay grapes, giving it a fresh acidity with the traditional champagne toast. Notes of apple, brioche and stone-fruit sing out for seafood, cheese or to be enjoyed as an aperitif.

2. Domaine Pre Baron, Touraine, Loire Valley 2018

This refreshing wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Similar in flavour profile to Sancerre, this refreshing high acid wine with tropical, citrus and slightly herbaceous notes on the nose following to a fruit-driven salad.

Food Pairing: Enjoy with a confit duck salad or a freshly grilled piece of snapper and some lemon.

3. Domaine Catherine & Didier,  Tripoz, Macon Charnay,  Les Macon,  Prestige des Tournons, Burgundy,  France 2017

6 months in oak and on fines lees, after fermentation in neutral vessels has created wine well balanced between fruit and oak. With vanilla and clove notes, honey and quince coming through on the nose and palate with a long finish making you want another sip. Classic Macon!

Food Pairing: Creamy seafood pasta and hard cheese call out for this wine.

4. Château La Calisse, Coteaux Varois en Provence 2018

This wine is a lightly extracted Syrah and Grenache-based rose with notes of raspberry and other red berries on the nose, following through to a crisp dry palate. A classic example of a light, easy-drinking, fresh style of Provence rose.

Food Pairing: Best enjoyed with freshly shucked oysters or chilled wild shrimp.

5. Domaine Fouet, Buvon des Fruits, Loire Valley 2018

It is all in the name, yes this is a fruity wine. Made from Cabernet France and leaves notes of cranberry, orange rind and cinnamon lingering on the palate. A natural wine, bio-dynamically farmed, this is all about the fruit in the vineyard, and it has delivered a crunchy fresh little number.

Food Pairing: Enjoy slightly chilled on a hot day, or with a mushroom and arugula pizza.

6. Josephine de Boyd, Margaux, Bordeaux, 2011

A classic Bordeaux blend made up of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Black fruits, cherries, forest floor, and an earthy minerality. You won’t need to wait 3 hours or 10 years to drink this one.

Food Pairing: Fresh and ready now with a hint of oak, enjoy with roast lamb chops, rosemary potatoes and honeyed carrots.

                                                                                               

 




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