Wines news of France XXXVIII !!

Well, we are right into mid Fall season , and November 2022 ,is coming along fine, the temps will be colder come Decemberer so say the so call experts. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wines news of France. First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers! 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 you some news shall we. I have taken several old posts into one for the memories’ sake. Hope you enjoy it as I.

Wine consumption in France in 2022: the French drink less, but better, A Kantar survey published on the occasion of Beaujolais Nouveau by RTL tell us. The budget allocated to the purchase of a bottle of wine is constantly increasing in France: 56% of people surveyed in 2022 by the Sowine agency, say they regularly buy bottles between 11 and 20 €, compared to 22% in 2013. Oh yeah less and better of course or more and better me think

According to a study carried out by the online cellar building and management site Cavissima in partnership with Ifop, investing in wine is a safe and profitable investment investing in wine tempts nearly one in four people (24 %). This is at least what emerges from a survey carried out last October by the site Cavissima, in partnership with Ifop. Greater interest among young men (25-34 years old), The future of wine looks good !

The 2022 list of the most influential Champagne houses on social networks Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ! In this list dedicated to the communication of 61 major champagne brands through four social networks; Philipponnat is positioned in the forefront in the promotion of a 20-hectare vineyard founded in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1522. For a hundred years, the Clos des Goisses, hillside of 5, 5 hectares facing south on a terroir of pure chalk, produces champagnes faithfully acclaimed by connoisseurs the size of Philipponnat, 600,000 bottles per year, The house is even an outsider in 5th place overall after Taittinger, in number 1, the winner in all categories, Bollinger in the lead on Facebook Veuve Clicquot which crushes the competition on Twitter and LinkedIn and Laurent Perrier in 4th position. On Instagram, Philipponnat is simply number 2. Yes great Champagne house indeed, webpage : https://www.philipponnat.com/en/

The cru bourgeois are making their revolution with new colorful banner (brand identity), new coat of arms (logo) and new motto (baseline): “Quality with the eyes closed”. But in substance, they return to the old regime, distinguishing “crus bourgeois exceptionnels”, “crus bourgeois supérieurs” and “crus bourgeois“. Because, in this immense and very diverse family of XXS or XXL vineyards, family properties, belonging to private or institutional investors, or even active in large groups, which represents 31% of the production of the Médoc with 28 million bottles, the chateaux enjoying a brand as strong as the label threatened to secede. Owners and traders deplored the volatile nature of the annual classification: how to explain to the markets which abhor the uncertainty that a same vintage is bourgeois in this year and loses this quality the following year. Consumers, themselves, wondered about a price range varying from simple to triple depending on the prestige of the appellation and the reputation of the chateau with prices generally pulled down. The L’Alliance des crus bourgeois du Médoc,( Médoc Crus Bourgeois Alliance) has therefore clarified its offer. The new protocol, validated by the public authorities, introduces a return to prioritisation with constraints and independent controls specific to each category. And stabilizes the offer with a classification valid for five years, enough to sustain trade relations. They need to adapt to an ultra-competitive global market, while the quality level has generally gone up. This revised classification sounds a new start for the cru bourgeois wines. Those who today would be unhappy with their fate still have the opportunity to appeal. As for the coexistence of these three categories, on the need for collective promotion, mention or not in titles. To be seen now the public reaction and welcome of these labels and properties. There are in general a very good price quality ratio to had. The L’Alliance des crus bourgeois du Médoc : https://www.crus-bourgeois.com/classement-2020/

Take part in the next Figaro Vin lunch which will take place on Wednesday November 30, 2022 with the emblematic Châteaux Beauregard and Smith Haut Lafitte, served in the private rooms of Galeries Lafayette Haussmann on the seventh floor a magnificent view of Paris, The Château Beauregard, located on the exceptional terroir of Pomerol, is one of the jewels of the appellation, notable for its wines of admirable freshness and elegance. Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé de Graves in 1959, is recognized for its great wines from the Pessac-Léognan appellation, for its whites with an exceptional aromatic palette and for its fine and gourmet reds. The lunch at 12h15 on Wednesday November 30, 2022, Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40 Bd Haussmann, 9éme, Price: €210 Webpage Reservation:https://boutique.lefigaro.fr/produit/135395-les-dejeuners-du-figaro-vin-chateaux -beauregard-et-smith-haut-lafitte

A masterclass led by the head of cellars, Alice Tétienne from the house of Henriot, who will present 5 cuvées: Henriot Brut Souverain, Henriot Blanc de Blancs, Henriot Cuvée Hemera 2006, Henriot L’Inattendue 2016, Henriot Mémoires millésime 1971. Apolline Henriot founded the Maison Henriot in 1808 with the desire to illuminate its lands by creating a great champagne. For more than two centuries, Maison Henriot has continued to pay tribute to him by perpetuating his vision of vines and wine. Monday, November 28,18h30. Hotel Le Meurice, 228, rue de Rivoli, 1éme Price:79€ Reservation webpage: https://boutique.lefigaro.fr/produit/135248-masterclass-animee-par-la-maison-henriot

On the one hand, Lady Gaga as a party ambassador for Dom Pérignon. On the other, the natural beauty of Roederer. Two different philosophies magnified by the respective social networks of each brand.

Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon were made to meet. From this meeting was born the Queendom, In 2021, the association was inaugurated with a numbered series of 100 bottles, 50 copies of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 in a metallic silver bottle, 50 of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 in a shiny pink case. And, 110 sail-shaped sculptures specially created by Nicola Formichetti, whose piece N° 1, signed by the hand of Lady Gaga, was put on sale for the benefit of Born This Way, the charitable foundation of the singer. At the end of 2022, the limited edition Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008 is adorned with a metallic box matching the violet accents of the 100% Pinot Noir cuvée. Tagged by the champagne house owned by Moët Hennessy (LVMH) On the heights of Los Angeles, the villa Sheats Goldstein is one of those extraordinary residences dug into the hill facing the panorama of the city which shines with all its lights. Decor, guests and, Queen Gaga in black batwing dress, platform shoes. The party continued at Club James, the Sheats Goldstein’s in-house nightclub. DJ Hana and Lady Gaga mixed together Webpage : https://www.domperignon.com/fr-fr/inspirations/lady-gaga-eoy

Radical change of style with the Roederer house. In gold, black, firecracker pink and the stars of the Hollywood party, staged by the post of October 27, 2022, chose, on the same date, to publish a 6.13-minute didactic video to present its Brut Millésimé, the Vintage Late Release. A blend of the best cuvées over 30 years, from the top of the mountain of Reims, in particular the terroir of Verzy, more particularly still, the plot of Bayon, 1.71 ha of pinot noir in the heart of the domain. Aerial view of the ocean of vines on the mid-slope around the Verzenay lighthouse, First of all, the unique singularity of Roederer, which is based on its historical attachment to the terroir Roederer is one of the last great family and independent champagne houses. The biodynamics of Louis Roederer is the first champagne house engaged for more than twenty years in practice. Today, the vineyard is in organic certification on 115 ha historical, in biodynamic certified on 9 ha. That is 124 out of 242 ha. Roederer’s strategy is therefore based on the creation of a social network, the architect of the Cristal cuvée, shares his daily life and behind the scenes of the house. He shoots his videos himself, takes the photos, has them sent to him by the heads of sector, posts the messages, replies to them personally.Webpage : https://www.louis-roederer.com/en

There has always been a huge misunderstanding about Champagne. For most consumers, it is a drink to be enjoyed as soon as purchased. It is no doubt the fault of the people of Champagne themselves, who constantly proclaim loud and clear that, unlike other wine-growing regions, the producers make the effort to keep the bottles in the cellar long enough for them to arrive. to maturity with their clients. The appellation requires, in fact, that a brut without a year remains at least 15 months on the slat, and 3 years for a vintage, some houses even highlighting prolonged aging. But it is probably forgetting a little too quickly that Champagne is first and foremost a wine like any other. Why Chardonnay or Pinot Champenois could not produce great wines for laying down in the Marne or Aube, as is the case, for example, with its neighbor Burgundy. This taste for old champagnes was first initiated by the Nordic countries and Great Britain. It is now international with amateurs in Asia , The wine then gains in roundness, in smoothness and on the other hand, it will lose in effervescence. The older the wine, the less bubbles it has , Because each house, or almost, has its own vision of old vintages. Some, like Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot or Moët & Chandon, set a part of each vintage apart to age them longer. on the market. Those who have known a greater ageing, around fifteen years, will also keep their capacity intact for fifteen years. Do not hesitate, from now on, to let your Champagnes spend some time in your cellar, you will thus be able to discover a new sensory experience and taste ! Indeed !!! Champagne webpage: https://www.champagne.fr/en

And for the season to be merrier coming up for 2022 here are some general suggestions yours truly. Enjoy them fully without moderation !!!

The plain oysters go well with a Sèvre-et-Maine muscadet. For my part, I will choose the Château du Cléray, flagship of the Domaines Sauvion. This cuvée, coming from the sandy and loamy soils of the Pays Nantais, is first expressed by notes of green fruit (kiwi, apple), and more muted aromas of mint; on the palate, the structure is invigorating and refreshing. One of my all time favorite property know the owners and in laws and had plenty , enjoy it. More info : www.sauvion.fr

At the table or for the aperitif, with old-fashioned scallops. This white with a captivating nose flirts with exotic fruits. In the mouth, it is lively – very lemony – and gives a boost to the taste buds. Ideal with an iodized dish in sauce to counterbalance the oiliness. Cœur de Charmes Mâcon-Lugnyhttps://cave-lugny.com/boutique/produit/33/coeur-de-charmes.html

With a stir-fried veal dish. This cuvée is a real treat, an explosion of fresh fruit. Ultra delicious, it can be enjoyed around 10-12 ° C, at the table with white meats. Château La Genestière, Cuvée Château, Tavel 2018 right off the press try it in your area here is the 2017. http://www.chateau-genestiere.com/fr/produit/aop-tavel-rose/

One of my favorite dishes is an orange duck breast. This gamay – aged 16 months in concrete egg and barrels – is surprising. It is a cheerful blend of licorice and coffee, blackberry and spices. Domaine de la Pirolette, Le Carjot, Saint-AmourDomaine de la Pirolette St Amour

With a foie gras toast .This sweet wine has a bewitching bouquet of honey, quince paste and roasted pears. The mouth is balanced. Its sweetness does not weigh down the palate. Château La Vieille Bergerie, Quercus, Monbazillac 2014, https://www.vieille-bergerie.fr/fr/catalogue_et_commandes.html?a=82

With sea shells seafood: Domaine Laporte, owned by the Bourgeois Family, cultivates 21 hectares organically. This Sancerre comes from a part call Le Rochoy – de Silex ( flint). Ultra mineral, it has a lemon zest present on the nose. The palate is more enveloping, and you can almost perceive the yellow flesh fruits. Le Rochoy, Laporte, Sancerre. https://www.laporte-sancerre.com/maison/le-rochoy.html

With a hare stew or a doe roast . The first Saint-Estèphe vineyard to have obtained the organic label, Château de Côme is renowned for its elegant wines. This cuvée – an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – proves it. Its intense color, its flavors of wild berries and its fine tannins give a lot of relief to its tasting. Château de Côme 2015, Saint-Estèphe. More here : https://www.chateaudecome.com/boutique/produits/chateau-de-come-2015/

With a Bucco Osso. 100% Cabernet Franc, from vines over 58 years old planted on the most beautiful plots of the estate, this wine has spent 18 months in half-muids. A bit austere with its tight tannins at the start, it only gains by flourishing on a traditional dish in sauce. Eclipse n ° 12, Frédéric Mabileau, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, as coming closer to this region more I enjoy their wines, house wine par excellence chez moi. Just out not in webpage yet! More here: http://www.fredericmabileau.com/?page_id=11

With calf’s sweetbreads. Peach, white flower, apricot … Evocations multiply with the aromatic reading of this champagne. Without forgetting its finesse which makes it a good companion for generous dishes. Champagne Devaux, Grande Réserve. Champagne Devaux

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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