Loupiac, and Ste-Croix-du-Mont. A great deal of white French wine disappears almost anonymously into the great mass of sweet Bordeaux. The rare sweet white Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux are generally of outstanding quality: fairly complex, fatty, broad, and soft, but also possess a certain finesse and elegance. The rich aromas of honey, toast, oranges, preserved fruit, spiced bread, and overripe grapes (with or without botrytis) will seduce many. Drinking temperature for Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux French wine: 8- 10°C (46 .4- 50°F) .

The majority of the wine is red. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge always ensures a pleasant surprise and much satisfaction. The colour is deep, the wine is quite full-bodied, and filled with strong aromas of ripe red fruit, plum, toast, vanilla, spices, and occasional hint of coffee roasting and leather for a French wine. The tannin is quite clearly apparent in the young wine but this becomes rounder and softer with time. Drink this French wine at 16°C (60 .8°F).


Entre-Deux-Mers French Wine

Entre-Deux-Mers AC does not extend to the entire area of Entre-Deux-Mers. Although Entre-DeuxMers was once known for its sweet white French wines, the present AC is solely for dry whites. This French wine, made chiefly with Sauvignon Blanc, is bitingly fresh (certainly when young) and very aromatic with notes such as citrus fruit, almonds, and exotic fruit. The best wines though are made with Semillon, Sauvignon, and Muscadelle, and these are somewhat fuller and broader. These have additional floral notes and aromas of white peach. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 10- 12°C (50-53.6°F) .


Graves de Vayres French Wine

The small French wine area of Graves de Vayres (approx. 525 hectares) is located to the south of the Dordogne and the town of Libourne. The production here is predominantly red but with smaller volumes of dry white wine but most Graves de Vayres that reaches the shops is white. The white wine was the original strength of this district but with the change in drinking habits increasing numbers of red varieties of vine are being planted.

Most ofthe production is sold as plain Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur with only the best French wine bearing the Graves de Vayres AC. The dry white wine is fresh and fruity with aromas of citrus fruit and sometimes also terroir-derived suggestion of flint. Drink this French wine at temperature: 10- 12°C (50- 53.6°F).

The red French wine is sometimes full of tannin and rather rough when young, but is always pleasingly fruity (blackberry, raspberry, black currant, cherry, plum). The taste is soft, full, lithe, rounded, and fruity, with a spicy finish. Drinking temperature for this Graves French wine: 16°C (60 .8°F) .