Wines news of France XXII !!

And the days are getting cooler again , well is like a roller coaster ride ups and downs in my neck of the woods, Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wine news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! Spring is in full swing, and looking forward to Summer ! We have done quite a bit of work around the house,and still some more until September , Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give some news shall we; hope you enjoy it as I.

Created by a few owners wishing to discover new commercial horizons, the Union des grands crus de Bordeaux is today a war machine in the service of wines. It was decided to create the Union of Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) by reviving an old association which brought together properties from Barsac, Sauternes, Graves and Médoc, forgetting in passing the right bank. This group of pioneers then brought together, among others, in addition to the Château Haut-Brion, Château d’Yquem and Château Figeac , as the pioneers, Then, other came such as Alexis Lichine & Cie, Groupe Bernard, which notably owns the Domaine de Chevalier in Léognan, and the Château Branaire-Ducru, Given the success of these tastings in Bordeaux, the union decided to export the concept first to Paris, then to London, and Brussels , At the same time, the union saw the number of its members reach 130 properties. The Union is a very beautiful signature and a way of recognizing wine in Bordeaux, The Bordelais is the first AOC vineyard in France with more than 100,000 hectares cultivated and 600 million bottles produced per year ! Voilà !! webpage : https://www.ugcb.net/en/home

A vintage full of challenges in Bordeaux, 2021 will have been the way for some châteaux to stand out, with cuvées better rated than in 2020. A heterogeneous vintage, and therefore exciting. This is what we could remember from 2021, a trying year for the Bordeaux vineyards, after an absolutely remarkable 2018-2019-2020 trio, If no appellation has been spared, we find within each excellent wines, with side of the reds a freshness with sweet reminiscences of the 1980s and 1990s, and whites which seduced us by their freshness and their purity, Indeed seek them out while the price is still right,,,, Some of my favorites over the years and direct with MR,,,are

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion “The most intensely energetic wine of the vintage”, Pessac-Léognan
Château Latour “A cashmere texture” Pauillac
Château Ducru-Beaucaillou “Caressing like silk” Saint-Julien
Château Lafite Rothschild “A unique and indefinable character” Pauillac
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron “A beautiful fullness in the mouth” Pauillac
Château Léoville Las Cases “Limpidity and nubile suppleness” Saint-Julien
Château Margaux “A more fresh, succulent and racy style than usual” Margaux
Château Margaux – White Pavilion “A Delicious Creamy” Bordeaux
Château Mouton-Rothschild “Exceptional clarity and limpidity” Pauillac (MR)
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande “A wine imbued with great serenity” Pauillac
Château Brane-Cantenac “The harmonious sweetness of the maternal voice” Margaux
Château Palmer “Floral, juicy, seductive” Margaux
Château Trotanoy “A beautiful controlled explosion of fruit” Pomerol
Château Cos D’Estournel “A treat on the palate” Saint-Estèphe
Château Léoville Poyferré “The silhouette of a distinguished man” Saint-Julien
Château Cantenac Brown “A sumptuous balance” Margaux
Château Grand Puy Lacoste “Muscular and Powerful” Pauillac
Château Clerc Milon “A poised and elegant palate” Pauillac (MR)

Based on figures from Customs, and the support of the statistics department of the CIVB (Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux wines), the Union of Bordeaux Grands Crus observes export sales data for wines from more than 22.50 euros per bottle (750 ml) – (ex-professional price, Bordeaux merchant). Last year, exports of grands crus from Bordeaux, in this price segment, amounted to 1.366 billion euros (in value), which is a record. The previous one dated from 2012, with 1.201 billion. This corresponds to 16.249 million bottles (in volume), also a record. Asia, with 43% of sales, is progressing, but has been less dynamic than the United States and Europe in recent years. Europe, with 37% of sales, is rebounding. America: 17% of sales, which are showing strong structural growth. Main destinations in 2021. Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau) represents 30% of exports by value, United States They represent 15% ,United Kingdom 14.5% , Switzerland 9% , Germany 4% ,Japan 3% , Belgium 2.8% , Singapore 2.4% ,Taiwan 2% ,and South Korea 1.75%, All speed ahead !! En Vino Veritas !!

Let me tell you about a success story in spirits which we have enjoyed as apéritifs and mixing with the boys, This is the Maison Ferrand, producer of Cognac, precursor of gin in France, also distills rum in Jamaica and Barbados. And they aged a few barrels aboard a barge on the Seine Paris. Spirits are on the rise, and the trajectories of some companies in the sector seem as dazzling as a shot of gniaule for breakfast. Thus, those who loved Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson or the adventures of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean can plunge their eyes closed into the story of Alexandre Gabriel, a contemporary hero. for having contributed to the constitution of the Oxford guide to spirits and cocktails. It is the precursor of the French-style Citadelle gin. At the same time, the category is waking up in the United Kingdom with Plymouth, which is repopularizing this aging spirit. During the confinement, his wife, Debbie, a rather urban American, left the Parisian apartment to join him in Cognaç country. Maison Ferrand also produces rum, in Jamaica and Barbados , They have settled in Jamaica, in the village of Wai-a-Bit, Barbados has also become a research site for Maison Ferrand , The boat on the Seine, well is a Freycinet barge moored at Issy-les-Moulineaux (92), in the arm of the Seine which runs along the Saint-Germain island. A 38.5 meter boat recovered in its juice in Brittany, restored and transformed into a floating aging cellar. He raises cognacs and rums there in the beneficial humidity and the rolling of the boat. Apart from that, Maison Ferrand remains a venerable cognac brand specializing in grand champagne. The house has created 10 Generations, a 100% grand champagne. It has acquired the Château de Bonbonnet, a beautiful 18C castle, in the town of Ars (16), webpage : https://maisonferrand.com/en/maison-ferrand/

Now this is an art of cooking and we love it at this time where we can do barbecues in the patio, The pairing is always part of the art of eating and drinking here in my belle France ; so therefore, what wines for grilled sardines? First a bit about the sardines : if they approach the banks of the coasts of the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and English Channel in spring and summer to spawn and lay eggs, the sardine spends the winter in very cold waters, between 500 and 600 meters deep. And then protects itself with a thick layer of fat. But “good” fat, rich in omega 3 excellent for the human heart and its vessels. The sardine is mainly intended to be grilled whole on a barbecue. But the operation generates strong odors that are particularly unpleasant for the neighborhood,,,. Simply rub the fish with bay leaves first, then pour a few drops of vinegar flavored with thyme and rosemary onto the embers. It will be necessary to wash it down with sunny wines, white, rosé or red, but always assertive enough to stand up to this exuberant dish. The white, we have tried the sauvignon blanc or chardonnay base from the Loire or Bordeaux, A Condrieu, with its beautiful volume and its floral bouquet, will come to soften the salty aspect of the sardines For a rosé, we will stay in the same appellations, To find a red, it is possible to travel in time with Loire Cab Franc or the historical Berlingou ( a grape gift of the duke of Burgundy to his cousin the duke of Brittany in 1460!) Bon appétit!

And my fav event which will love to be there, still planning will have to be with the nice memorable wines of Bergerac & Duras as well as the products of Périgord , They invite us all on Thursday, June 9, 2022 aboard the Péniche Louisiane Belle 12éme Paris Metro line 1 and 4: Gare de Lyon / RER A and D: Gare de Lyon. Embark on the discovery of the Périgord Attitude! Come (re)discover the artisan winegrowers of the 10 AOPs of the Bergerac & Duras vineyard, during a great tasting. At their side, 7 sectors of Périgord come to present their local products for delicious gourmet pairings: Duck / Foie Gras from Périgord, Lamb from Périgord, Walnuts from Périgord, Chestnuts from Périgord ; all Perigord ! Wow ! webpage for info on boat : https://lesitedespeniches.fr/privatisation-le-louisiane-belle-paris-12eme/

There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines of France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. See you in the vineyards of France.

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

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