Wines news of France XXXX !!

Well, we are in winter with mild temps and rain !. 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. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin , She was left a widow in 1805 at the early age of 27, she was the first woman to take over the management of a house, acquiring prestigious plots of Verzenay, Verzy and Bouzy, all classified today grands crus and used in the composition of La Grande Dame. A woman of taste who will have had a hollow nose and a long arm, and whose astonishing intuition still contributes to making the house shine. In 2012, the Prestige cuvée, studded with peas by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, seduced us with its virile and musky nose, with aromas of apple tree bending under the fruits, heather and fresh hazelnut. Webpage : https://www.veuveclicquot.com/fr-fr/la-grande-dame-2012-par-yayoi-kusama

The group Artémis Domaines ,majority owned by the Pinault family alongside the Henriot family, following the merger carried out last fall, takes total control of Champagne Jacquesson, It is a little gem of Champagne, whose name sounds like that of a pop star, who falls into the hands of Artémis Domaines. Maison Jacquesson is undoubtedly one of the stars of the world of beautiful bubbles. Regulars of good wine merchants are familiar with labels adorned with geographical maps or large red numbers, references to the vintage basis used for brut without a year. Artémis Domaines thus becomes the sole shareholder , The general management of Maison Jacquesson will continue to be provided by Jean Garandeau, a former Krug employee, appointed in September 2022. The vineyard has 38 hectares of supply, three quarters of which are owned by the house and the remaining quarter is provided by a few delivery families. Chardonnay represents between 50 and 55% of the whole, Pinot Noir corresponds to 35%. The rest is pinot meunier, The land is located in the villages of Aÿ, Avize, Oiry, Dizy, Hautvillers and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, but also Chouilly, and Cumières, Created in 1798 by Claude Jacquesson, the house produced one of Napoleon I’s favorite champagnes, A house of inventors to whom we owe the wire muzzle that replaced the string used to hold the cork, as well as the plate metal placed at the top of said stopper to prevent the wire from sinking into the cork. These two innovations taken up over the years by all of Champagne are the work of Adolphe Jacquesson Artémis Domaines seems to be developing at high speed ,The group is already at the head of several wine-growing gems in France, such as Château Latour, a premier grand cru classé in Pauillac, Clos de Tart in Morey-Saint-Denis and Domaine d’Eugénie in Vosne-Romanée, Bouchard Père et Fils in Beaune, William Fèvre in Chablis, the Château Grillet vineyard in the Rhône Valley. The entity is also present in the United States, with the Eisele Vineyard estate located in California’s Napa Valley and Beaux Frères in Oregon, Artémis also has Champagne Henriot in Reims in its portfolio. Webpage: https://www.artemis-domaines.com/

Bernard Magrez blew out 770 candles at Château Pape Clément, Graves Grand Cru Classé wines have been celebrated since 1252, Few wineries can boast of such a past. He gathered at the Ledoyen pavilion to celebrate the 770th anniversary of Château Pape Clément, a Grave classified grand cru of which he is the owner. Formerly known as Vignoble de la Mothe, one of Bordeaux’s oldest grand crus had only a few acres of vines planted by the de Got family in the small village of Pessac in 1250. It was renamed in honor of Bertrand, the youngest son. An impetuous, better known as Pope Clement V. The historian Fabrice d’Almeida was requested by Bernard Magrez to trace the history of the bishop of Comminges and archbishop of Bordeaux enthroned pope in 1305 in Lyon under the name of Clément V, the professor of contemporary history brings the character and his enthronement to life with enthusiasm in the presence of the King Philippe IV known as Le Bel. King at the age of 17, Philippe Le Bel is considered the first modern sovereign of a centralized state. On Saint Clement’s Day, many celebrated the 770th anniversary of the property around a lunch signed Yannick Alléno. In the glasses, the beautiful length of a bouquet of white peach and orange blossom from the white Château Pape Clément 2017, the silky tannins of the red Château Pape Clément 2017 and the exquisite fruitiness of a Clos Haut Peyraguey 2017, wine from Sauternes and, one of the four grands crus owned by Bernard Magrez. Sublime !! webpage : https://bernard-magrez.com/en/le-chateau-pape-clement-2/

In the cellar of the famous Hospices d’Alsace, come and discover a unique wine heritage, including an exceptional wine dating from 1472. The cellar of the former Hospices de Strasbourg, built in 1395 by the order of the Hospitallers. It is in these places that is preciously stored what is presented as the oldest wine in the world, dating from 1472. In barrels, it rests, peaceful, in the magnificent vaulted room of the gallery of casks, where around fifty oak pieces still in use, including several gigantic casks from the 16C, 18C and 19C. The largest holds 26,080 liters; produced in 1881, it was presented at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Tastings dated 1576, 1718 and November 1944, on the occasion of the liberation of the city by General Leclerc, earned the beverage comments laudatory on its amber color, its notes of vanilla, honey, wax and spices, and the maintenance of its acidity. Amazing !! webpage : https://www.vins-des-hospices-de-strasbourg.fr/en/

The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, a worldwide sparkling wine competition, named the Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2010 cuvée as the best champagne in the world , The competition took place last November 2022 in London, awarded the title of Supreme World Champion. A title that the famous Champagne house had already received in 2021 for the Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004. Webpage : https://www.champagnesparklingwwc.co.uk/results/results-2022/

How to arrange your wine cellar properly ,here are some short and direct tips, Five tips to follow: . Evaluate your consumption ,Invest in a wine cabinet , Insulate your cellar or storage space (stable temperature between 10° and 15°), humidity of 60 to 80%. ) ,Order your bottles , and Think about turnkey solutions, Five mistakes to avoid: Breaking the golden rules of storage, Thinking small ,Storing in the wrong place, Forgetting accessibility,and confusing fridge and wine cellar. Any questions , let me know

Here is a glass that is really not suitable for tasting sparkling wines! The cylindrical shape of the Champagne flute compresses the flavors of the liquid, confining and constricting them. The Champagne glass is a historical object, since the first model would have been molded on the breast of Madame de Pompadour, mistress-in-title of King Louis XV. An undeniably aesthetic object, but here again not very suitable for tasting. This is the ideal glass for serving champagne: the still wine glass, that is to say the wine glass without bubbles. Choose universal glasses, or preferably white wine glasses which are a little smaller, more constricted and whose shape brings out the aromas of the Champagne well. The flute, or tulip glass, is most commonly used for serving sparkling wines. Its length highlights the bubble trains rising to the surface. The glass, round and flared, delivers the spectacle of a “pool of champagne” in the palm of his hand. As for the classic wine glass, it shines with its sobriety.

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

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

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