Wines news of France XV !!

And again wines, my newest series in my blog but an older hobby from yours truly! Let me share with my readers and followers this wonderful heavenly liquid we enjoy so much in my family. There are many wine regions of the world, and performance is going up all over including my beloved Spain. However, when it comes to decision, France is tops me think. Therefore, here is my newest Wines news of France.

I open with a bang with the second Grand Cru Classé of Margaux, Château de Brane-Cantenac belonging to Henri Lurton, renowned for its exceptional terroir, discreetly cultivates racy wines at very affordable prices. Its clientele is made of 70% sold in Europe, including 40% in France, A nugget of 75 hectares in one piece where Cabernet Sauvignon dominates (55%). The heart of the vineyard is located on the dominant ridge of Brane whose plots are among the most beautiful of the legendary AOC with the estate and its pretty chartreuse with a double tower remains the place to be, Wonderful property and one of my favorites, webpage :

Château d’Issan 2018 Margaux, another of my dandies , The 2018 vintage, as dense in the mouth as it is to the eye with its dark color surrounded by purple, will perfectly complete the tasting. On the nose, aromas of cedar, floral dried rose escape while the palate of great freshness, mineral, juggles with smoothness, complexity, maturity and salinity. The whole evokes richness and courtesy, playing on velvet from the attack to the finish. A lively and creamy wine with well-integrated silky tannins. A delight ! Webpage :

The Château Malactic-Lagraviére ,Cru Classé de Graves has been developing a visibility strategy for several years by multiplying screen appearances, particularly in Hollywood productions. Latest: the adaptation of “Death on the Nile” by Kenneth Branagh, in theaters on February 9, 2022. Hercule Poirot will come to solve one of his most famous cases in a new version of “Death on the Nile”: Agatha Christie’s novel is adapted by British director and actor Kenneth Branagh, who also finds himself in front of the camera decked out in mustaches of the famous Belgian detective, and surrounded by a four-star cast, including Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, and Letitia Wright. Spectators who flock to the cinema to see this sparkling production will be able to see, during a sequence, the characters revel in a bottle of Château Malartic-Lagravière 1920. Suspense, exoticism, glamour, intrigue which takes place aboard a boat (symbol of Malartic-Lagravière), The Malartic-Lagravière also appeared in the English series “Riviera” with Poppy Delevingne, and in the French comedy « Mes très chers enfants » or My Very Dear Children in 2019, Malartic was also invited to the American Cinémathèque’s tribute gala dinner to actress Charlize Theron; and, last November, it was another star, Scarlett Johansson, who posed with a magnum of Malartic signed by them, on the occasion of the thirty-fifth ceremony of the same American Cinémathèque.webpage :

Even if away from Burgundy lately, this was one of my first properties and well deserving house in Beaune. Here is a bit of history i like

The history of Bouchard Père et Fils. In the 18C, Michel Bouchard ran a cloth trade with Flanders. This activity regularly leads him to stop off in Burgundy with hosts who, on the way, sell him wine. Once he arrived in Flanders, he quickly realized that his customers always asked him for more Bourgogne wine. Gradually, Michel Bouchard abandoned his drapery business to devote himself exclusively to the sale of wine from the Beaune vineyards, which he considered more profitable. In fact, in 1731, he moved to Beaune and founded the Bouchard house. His son Joseph Bouchard bought in 1775, a first plot of 3.76 hectares of pinot noir grape variety, in Volnay in the climate of Caillerets , Later, the sales of the national property of the Burgundian clergy and monks expropriated by the French revolution was an opportunity to purchases to extend the estate, including the Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus, in Beaune. This plot will become the emblem of Bouchard Père et Fils. The company also obtains the monopoly of the Clos Saint Landry cru. In 1820, the descendant Bernard Bouchard bought the prestigious Château de Beaune, a former royal bastion of the 15C leaning against the ramparts of the city, built during the reign of Louis XI. The galleries with fortified and isolated walls were then transformed into aging cellars. The Beaune du Château cuvée, made from a blend of Beaunes 1er crus, was born in 1907. In 1995, the Bouchard heirs, some of whom were far from the wine world , collectively resell plots of the family business to the Champagne house Henriot, which undertakes in return to develop the wine-growing activity of Bouchard Père et Fils. Joseph Henriot thus made acquisitions in Côte de Nuits and Meursault, then bought the William Fèvre house in Chablis and the Château de Poncié in Beaujolais, among others. The house can be visited at 15, rue du Château,Beaune, Webpage :

The Champagne Wine Museum on the avenue de Champagne, Epernay. The museum exhibits unique pieces dating from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages,in the Château Perrier, it is only about champagne. We won’t complain. In Épernay, after a long renovation and its inauguration on May 29, 2021, the new Champagne Wine and Regional Archeology Museum, located in the prestigious premises of the former Château Perrier, on the fascinating Avenue de Champagne, offers the opportunity to admire one of the most important national archaeological collections. In total, the establishment has more than 100,000 objects. A unique collection that brings together 80,000 regional pieces, from the Paleolithic to the beginning of the Middle Ages, 4,000 objects and documents relating to the history of Champagne wine, bearers of its geological, archaeological, historical and cultural identities. Built from 1852 to 1857, Château Perrier is the first testimony to the architectural diversity of the region. The interior decorations, the parquet floors in marquetry or the neo-18C grille were made by craftsmen who created the decorations of the Opéra Garnier or the Paris City Hall.Nice indeed Webpage :

Something to indulge while looking at the Louvre, there is a lot more than works of arts, the wines are also a work of art !! The Caves du Louvre offer you a fun and interactive journey into the world of wine, It is right next to the famous Louvre museum that we meet another temple dedicated to culture. Two streets away at 52 Rue de l’Arbre Sec off rue de Rivoli, stands a magnificent mansion dating from the 18C with one of the most beautiful facades in Paris! It was erected by André Eynaud, a great wine merchant who supplied King Louis XV and his court. Its architecture houses magnificent vaulted cellars which, according to history, allowed wines to be discreetly transported to the Louvre Palace. The hotel was then bought by Jacques-François Trudon, head of the royal wax factories. The latter provided the candles needed to light the Louvre Palace and the Palace of Versailles. He will also open, within his cellars, a grocery store offering wines, Today, Les Caves du Louvre has 600 m2 accessible to visitors. The key: guided tours by a sommelier, workshops, tastings, for an immersive initiation into the world of wine. Along the way, you will discover different spaces awakening all your senses: the terroir room for touch, the aroma room for smell, the laboratory for taste, the bottling room for sound and finally the label room for the view. Throughout this experience, a multitude of notions will be explained to you (vineyard, vinification, flavors, label, etc.). The visit will end with a tasting of three to six selected wines. And if that’s not enough for you, you can opt for a workshop…Les Caves du Louvre cellars webpage :

You can tell the wine by its color ,yes indeed, Here is a sampler in my technical side of the post:

Yellow Green, This yellow-green color reminds me of a wine with notes of dried grass, straw, citrus. .

Green gold, I am thinking of white wines high in sugars, sweet sweets, A wealth of candied fruit aromas with a well-balanced sweetness.

The pale gold evokes the sun, the heat and especially the grape in its most beautiful diversity. With its finesse, its roundness

Straw yellow is a delicately macerated and slightly cloudy, almost orange white grape juice. Aromas of freshly fermented fruit, tangy and crunchy, such as nectarine and not quite ripe pineapple. A delight.

Doré à la Stéphane Tissot from Château Chalon is more saline, En Spois, more honeyed. I was just entering the world of wine and discovering what this liquid gold harbored intense emotions…

Almost black nature does it right. A wine often shares the same color as the aromas it releases. With this almost black, I imagine a sunny mouth of black cherries, or rich and surprising wines that play with time,

There is in the word purple, in its very pronunciation, a certain heaviness. I have in mind the image of a thick hanging that nothing makes move, then in places a reflection would appear, like piled up velvet… When the purple is in the glass, we manage to see light there according to the wrist movement. There you have it, a diaphanous breakthrough!

Until the 1970s, in Ancy-sur-Moselle, most of the “elders” owned a few ares of vines and produced wine for their personal consumption, Drawn from the barrel, they had this purple coloring. and I remember their scents of Moselle quetsche and small plum, masked at first by a volatile acidity, formidable in some years.

Garnet, for me, is pomegranate: matter, structure, but also light. The powdery velvet of chocolate ganache. Garnet, pomegranate, ganache, grenache ,and more !

Raspberry , Seeing this color, I first thought of 100% grolleau but it may be more warm red. I will therefore stick to the Bordeaux claret, oh yes !

Cooking and wines the best combination. We cannot eat at home without wine on the table. This is a nice recipe from Taillevent restaurant in Paris, of one of our favorite foods ,oysters that goes well with the local Muscadet Sévre et Maine sur lie white wines!

Natural oysters, figs, Colonnata bacon and wild carrot seeds For 4 people 2 Solliès figs, 4 very thin slices of Colonnata bacon, wild carrot seeds (3 seeds per oyster), 10 cl of port, 1 tablespoon of red vinegar. Cut the figs into quarters and marinate them in port and red vinegar overnight. Then dry them gently in the oven at 100°C for 2 hours. Open the oysters keeping the foot. Arrange the fig pulp on the oyster. Cover with Colonnata bacon previously melted in the oven at 100°C. Sprinkle with a few wild carrot seeds. Delicious!!! Great for Valentine’s Day coming up !! restaurant for reference webpage:

There you go folks, another dandy culinary tour of my belle France! It is all over really not just Paris mind you, go out into the countryside you will be amazed of things not even Hemingway knew about! Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

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