French Favourites Case of Six
Whilst we adore the new avant-garde styles from wine regions old and new, our love of the French Classics remains strong. Classic doesn’t mean staid however! Up and coming wine makers in France are adapting the best practices of traditional winemaking to create new and exciting styles from familiar regions, that express the integrity of the vineyard terroir they come from.
We have carefully selected 1 white and 2 red wines for this case that allow you to experience the best of France today.
Domaine Larue, Les Buées 2018, Bourgogne Cote d’Or, 13% (2 bottles)
We were so excited to find this wine! It is a classic expression of good white Burgundy, at a very reasonable price. You’ll find toasty wood, ripe orchard fruits and the creamy minerality that top Burgundy delivers… keep it in mind for your Christmas table!
Y. Amirault, ‘Cote 50’ 2018, Bourgeuil, 13% (Certified Organic) (2 bottles)
This top domaine is increasingly run by Yannick’s son Benoît. The fruit for Cote 50 is sourced from his quality parcels located within the Bourgueil appellation. Certified organic in 2019, here cabernet franc grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in oak vats with a 3-4 maceration period and aging is in French oak vats and sandstone amphorae for 7-12 months. The resulting wine is more than just easy drinking Cabernet Franc, it has a concentration and weight to it that makes you stop and appreciate it. A new favourite among the staff here, it really delivers.
J.L. Chave, ‘Mon Coeur’ 2017, Côtes du Rhône, 14.5% (2 bottles)
Considered wine-making royalty the Chave family have been making wines in Northern Rhone since 1481. J.L Chave is part of their négociant line, where grapes are sourced from a small number of producers and then the wines are blended and vinified at one of his cellars. This wine represents an opportunity to experience the wines of the Chave family. A blend of grenache and syrah, this ruby red wine possess plenty of sweet dark fruit – blackberry and cherry. It is smooth on the palate ending with a hint of spice. A perfect early winter warmer to enjoy with a roast.