It’s National Wine Day so I would like to share with you some of my favourite French wines.
While three areas of France, Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux, enjoy worldwide recognition because their historic tradition for fine wines, there is wine production in most French regions. In general while, the northern vineyards are known for their white wines, the southern vineyards, from Burgundy southwards have a reputation built on their red wines.
As a family, we like to return to France as often as we can and a trip isn’t complete without a tour of some of the smaller vineyards, offering wine that very much is a taste of the region in which they are produced.
The Burgundy region (where monasteries played a key role in developing the wine industry) produces my all-time favourite wines and below are some of the wines I always buy direct from the producers when I have the opportunity.
1. Domaine de la Baume (34) Languedoc
There are a large choice of reds and whites under this name and they are all very affordable. The whites are delicious served for pre-drinks with canapés.
2. Champagne Noel Maury (51)
Champagne is used for any celebration in France, a bit like Prosecco in the UK.
I know the owner of this vineyard personally as some close friends have a countryside house next to the vineyard. He is very nice and produces champagne that is genuinely “terroir”.
This is very good quality of Champagne, and at a nice affordable price of 12 euros.
3. Mercurey de chez Robert Size (71), Bourgogne
This one is my favourite wines and I have never been disappointed. It is at its best when served with game.
4. Chablis, Domaine Guy Robin (89) Bourgogne
What a lovely discovery – this was recommended by my friends who live in this area of France. This wine is very good with shellfish.
These wines are available online, although some may not be available right now.
I can also recommend the expertise of Patrice at Le Bon Vin :