Wines news of France XXVIII !!

Yes folks , Summer is here and it is hot, Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wine news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! We have done quite a bit of work around the house, and still some more until September , Oh yeah, the wines ofFrance 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.

After the debacle of the 2021 vintage, what can we expect in 2022? Despite the episodes of frost, hail and drought that have hit the vineyard in recent months, the predictions are encouraging. With one of the hottest months of July ever recorded since 1959, the harvest will undoubtedly not be level of those of 2018 and 2020, which had reached record levels in terms of yields. According to the first estimates established on August 1, the 2022 wine production would be in a range between 42.6 and 45.6 million hectoliters, higher than 2017, 2019 and 2021. Among the announced winners of the vintage, Champagne , which will have been relatively spared by the frost, but also Burgundy, whose production would be close to full potential , which will perhaps have the effect of limiting the surge in prices following several catastrophic vintages , but also the Jura, devastated by frost in 2021. In the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the South-West, Languedoc-Roussillon, the South-East and Corsica, the drought is hovering over exciting flowering and beautiful clusters emerging the threat of a significant fall, even if the harvest will be early. Only the Charentes, affected by hail and high summer heat, see their hope of exceeding the average of the last five years dwindle.

Many mention this as an anecdote but it is old story for me. The statue of Thomas Jefferson is in Paris at Rue de Solferino and Quai Anatole France start of passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor. The story with wines is this one. At the end of the winter of 1787, the Ambassador of the United States of America rushed towards Burgundy in his horse-drawn carriage, direction the Côte de Nuits. On February 28, 1787, one must imagine Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador to Paris of the United States of America, leaving his residence at the Hôtel de Langeac, avenue des Champs-Élysées, to visit in turn Auxerrois, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, Provence, Northern Italy, Languedoc, Bordeaux, Nantes, Angers, Tours and Orleans before returning to Paris, full of use and reason, on June 10. In his autobiography written on the eve of his life, the man who had become the third president of the United States in 1801 reported that he had undertaken this journey on the advice of his surgeon. Racing towards Burgundy in his four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage at the rate of 90 km a day, Jefferson skimmed the Champagne region, where he returned in April 1788 for a crossing of the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. On March 7, after passing through Dijon where a bottle of Vosne sold for 4 pounds delighted him, he finally reached the famous coast, north and south of Nuits-Saint-Georges, whose wines made lovers of France, Prussia, England and America. Past Montrachet, Jefferson continued on his way… Chalon-sur-Saône, Tournus, Mâcon, Vinzelles… After Lyon, where the almond trees were in bloom, reached the hillsides which descended steeply towards the Rhône, this torrent rushing south. In Burgundy, Thomas Jefferson, however fond of white wines, gave his favor to reds, and the advantage to Chambertin over Montrachet. All from a book you can purchase « Thomas Jefferson à Bordeaux et dans quelques autres vignes d’Europe», by Bernard Ginestet, Ed, Mollat, 1996.

The 5th edition Lyon Tasting will take place on October 8 and 9, 2022 at the Palais de la Bourse in Lyon 2nd district , on Saturday: 11h – 19h and Sunday: 11h to 18h, Elsewhere, taste a wide selection of cuvées: in white, red and champagne, learn about prestigious master classes, surprise yourself with Côtes du Rhône workshops, treat yourself with a food offer around gastronomy lyonnaise.Access Palais de la Bourse : https://www.lyonpalaisbourse.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Plan-dacce%CC%80s-2022.pdf

Along the Loire, from the Nantes region to the Coteaux-du-Vendomois, the 19th edition of Vignes Vins Randos highly anticipated event will take place on September 3 and 4. More than 18 routes are scheduled, Organized by the Loire Valley Wine Interprofessional and partner winegrowers, here is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the local terroir and taste its flavors The theme of this 2022 edition, ” Transmitting your passion”, will be an opportunity to discuss the profession of winegrower and why not to arouse some vocations. With 18 courses, 22 appellations tasted and 500 winegrowers here is an offer that will give you a global vision of the territory, with the idea of ​​transmitting a common passion. The classic routes, from 5 to 8.5 km have an average duration of 3 hours, the family route travels over 4 km for 2 hours. And for the most curious, a deepening of knowledge will be offered by the School of Vines, the opportunity to perfect your knowledge of tasting with oenologists, sommeliers and winegrowers. More info webpage : https://www.vvr-valdeloire.fr/

Some of my latest suggestions are

Domaines Schlumberger Take the adventure tour of the Schlumberger estate is such a sharing of history, geography and conviviality that it can even seduce those who are not wine lovers: the estate covers 70 hectares, including 4 grands crus with dizzying relief. In a small group of 2 to 6 people, they take you on a tour of the vineyard with steep terraces in 4/4, before a visit to the winemaking and aging facilities and a tasting of 11 cuvées and more. webpage : https://www.domaines-schlumberger.com/

The legendary Bruno-Eugène Borie as for any bullfighting enthusiast, imperial yellow reigns supreme among the queen colours. In the plazas de toros, from Madrid to Mexico, the emperor-colored handkerchief bestows grace on the animal, an exceptional reward for the legendary horned. At Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, by happy chance or opportune coincidence, imperial yellow has embodied the identity of the property since 1870. Grace, in all its forms. At the end of the 19C, the Borie saga took root on the Plateau des Millevaches where Eugène and his brother Emile were among the peasants converted into merchants in Meymac-près-Bordeaux. Located in Corrèze and 285 km from the Place des Quinconces, the town of 2,455 souls has been added the suffix with Girondine sounds, more salesman to the ears of Belgian or Lille customers. First owner of Château Caronne Sainte-Gemme then Château Batailley in Pauillac, the Borie family obtained the lease of Ducru-Beaucaillou in 1941. They settled there permanently in 1960. A new cellar will rise from the ground to accommodate the 2026 harvest. and will replace the current structure, inaugurated in 2000. Ducru Beaucaillou is a model of Bordeaux-style excellence, as the 2021 primeurs have once again confirmed. Webpage : https://chateau-ducru-beaucaillou.com/en/chateau-ducru-beaucaillou

The Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, an archipelago of vines surrounded by asphalt and concrete, cultivates an oasis-like insularity. The vines of the property deploy their roots between Bordeaux and Pessac, a unique and almost anachronistic fact as the city tends to take precedence over the vines. The cellar is the perfect example. Designed by Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry, this metal blade allows for raw elegance without compromising the cutting-edge technique required by the aura of the property. Since 2012, fermentations in whole bunches allow a better finesse of the tannins, made more balanced. In addition, vinification by infusion drastically limits the handling of musts, favoring ever more delicate extraction. Elegance, always. so every year since 2017, an artist dresses them with a fresco still mixing art and technique. After Ara Starck, Sergio Mora or Beniloys, it was the turn of the watercolourist Christelle Téa to decorate and sublimate tank n°16 for this 2020 vintage. The designer, one of the most prominent on the French scene, delivers an original interpretation of the ecosystem of the Carmes, between preserved fauna and flora, mixing the meanders of the Peugue with the grapes of the terroirs, webpage : https://www.les-carmes-haut-brion.com/en/caracteres/les-carmes-haut-brion

Gaillac in the Sud Ouest or South-West vineyard. You have my all time favorite and family from the area got it to me first back in 1991! The Château Clément Termes ;young and old alike will never be bored at Maison de Clément, a five-bedroom gîte, furnished in the former residence of the winegrowers with a beautiful French ceiling and a wooded park. In addition to a private tour of the estate with wine (or grape juice) tasting and games for children, many hikes and walks are to be discovered (also a special course for juniors). A bottle offered in the gîte where all the decoration is reminiscent of the vine. Swimming pool among the trees. Take the opportunity to discover 100% prunelart, a typical Gaillac grape variety . webpage : http://www.clement-termes.com/page-147-notre-domaine.html

Another area good bottle always and nice lodging is the Château de Mercuès This magnificent fairy-tale castle, with its crenellated towers above the Lot valley, has been the place of reception for bishops since the 13C. It was restored by the Vigouroux family and architect Axel Letellier, respecting the style and history of each room. It is one of the oldest Relais & Châteaux in France (sixty years old) with a starred gourmet restaurant, a bistro in the main courtyard and Chef Julien Poisot’s Table. 24 rooms and 6 suites with period furniture, parquet floors and exposed beams distributed in a maze of corridors, stairs and terraces. Webpage for the wines : https://g-vigouroux.fr/fr/chateau-de-mercues.html

In Touraine, the emulation of frank and digestible chenins continues in Montlouis. After languid years, the Vouvrays are regaining panache. Chinon dusts itself off with joyful and digestible wines. Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil present cuvées with lively frames, sometimes a bit angular. Saumur-Champigny remains the stronghold of slippery and super juicy Cabernet Francs. On the shales of Anjou, the chenin reveals itself with much more roundness, and sometimes excesses of richness. Finally, the Muscadet, in great shape, delivers extremely refreshing “traditional” whites and crus cut for laying down.

We fell in love with this lively and refreshing red wine from the Loire Valley: the 2021 cuvée L’Inattendu from Domaine de Montgilet in Vin de France. Here is a Loire Cabernet Franc made without added sulphur. Drinkable, easy to access, and with a refreshing crunch of fruit. The unexpected Red is a pure expression of a Cabernet Franc from the Loire. The absence of sulfite keeps the fruit crunchy and full of delicacy. The fruity notes of cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry mingle in a velvety attack on the palate. The vinification is carried out without SO², under the protection of carbon dioxide: the grapes are vatted fresh in a vat saturated with carbon dioxide. Pure delight from mother earth ! Domaine webpage : http://www.montgilet.com/?lang=en

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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