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Grapes (Savoie Wine Region)

Chasselas: Light and fruity but must be drunk young.

Altesse: Rich and fragrant.

Jacquére: Dry, sharp and fruity.

Clnardonnay: Elegant, light, dry and crisp.

Móndense: Big, plummy and rich.

Gamay: Soft, perfumed, fruity.

Pinot Noir: light and fruity, with depth.

 

Grapes (Jura Wine Region)

Savagnin: Develops enormous complexity and flavours when old - the best time to drink it.

Trousseau: Makes light, elegant, fruity reds.

Poulsard: For dry, fruity, perfumed rosé.

Styles: Red: Arbois (Jura): Light, but rich in flavour. Will age.

Cotes de Jura: As above. Good value, light and fruity.

Vin de Savoie: Usually blended, light and fruity, Drink young. 

 

White Wines

Arbois (Jura): light, fresh, and fragrant, especially if Chardonnay added. Drink young.

Bugey (Savoie): Very good, light, fresh, crisp and fruity Chardonnay. Drink young.

Crepy (Savoie): Light, dry, fruity and floral. Drink very young.

L'Etoile (Jura): Light, aromatic, dry, crisp and herby. Drink young.

Roussette de Savoie: Usually blended, dry, crisp and full of fruit Drink young.

Seyssel (Savoie): Fragrant, refreshing stills and elegant dry sparkling wines, (mousseux). Both need drinking young.

Vin Jaune (Jura): An acquired taste. Big, rich, strong and immensely long living. Rare.

Vin de Paille (Jura): Golden, very sweet with rich, nutty flavour and dry finish. Improve with ageing 50 years or more.

Vin de Savoie: Good value. Crisp, dry and full of fruit. Drink young.

 

MIDI and PROVENCE Wine Regions

The Midi is a huge wine producing region stretching from the Rhone estuary westwards to the Spanish border, and includes the Languedoc-Roussillon and a host of small communes producing good value, everyday table wines. Quality improves year by year and there are some exceptional vineyards. Most wine blended

 

Grapes

Midi Wine Region FranceUgni Blanc.

Clairette.

Macabeo.

Chardonnay.

Sémillon.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Carignan.

Cinsault.

Grenache.

Syrah.

Mourvédre.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Styles of French Wines

Red and Rosé Wines

Provence Wine RegionBandol: Deep colour, big bouquet, soft, spicy and plummy fruit. Age well.

Bellet: Medium-bodied with a perfumed bouquet and rich berry fruit. Drink youngish.

Cassis: Big, solid reds best drunk young. Light fruity rosé.

Collioure: Big, powerful wines which are intensely fruity. Age well.

Corbiéres:Soft and fruity with a spicy, fruity bouquet. Drink youngish.

Costiéres du Gard: Light, fruity and easy drinking. Drink youngish.

Coteaux d‘Aix-en-Provence: A new AC. Light, plummy and fruity. Age well.

Coteaux des Baux-en-Provence: Soft, rich and fruity. Age well.

Coteaux du Languedoc: Big and fruity for every day drinking. Drink young.

Coteaux Varois: New VDQS. Decent, good value everyday fruity reds.

Côtes de Provence: A wide range of fruity, spicy reds which can age well.

Côtes du Roussillon: Soft and fruity, with a good nose and a touch of spice. Drink young.

Côtes du Roussillon Villages: Good value and fruity. Have finesse. Can age.

Fougères: Big, fruity, warming, spicy country wines. Age well.

Fitou: Big, soft, spicy and fruity. Drink youngish.

Minervois: Big, rich berry fruit with hints of pepper. Drink young.

Palpite: Rare, rich, fruity and medium bodied. Age well.

St Chinian: Light, medium bodied, fruity and elegant. Drink young.

Vin de Pays de L’Hérault: Medium- to full-bodied, fruity and strong. Drink young.

Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône: Good value, everyday big and fruity.

Vin de Pays du Gard: Ever-improving, soft, big and fruity. Can age well.

 

White Wines

Bandol: Crisp, fresh and fragrant Drink young.

Belief: Classy and fragrant with surprising depth. Drink youngish.

Cassis: Dry, herby whites. Can be light on fruit. Drink young.

Clairette de Bellegarde: Dry, and often disappointing. Drink young.

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