Dry white Ste-Poy is fresh and very lively. It is mainly made with Sauvignon Blanc, sometimes supplemented with a little Semillon and Muscadelle, and is very aromatic with scents of exotic fruit, flowers, white and yellow fruit, vanilla (when aged in oak). Drink this French wine at temperature: 10-12°C (50- 53.6°F).
The sweet white Ste-Poy Bordeaux is an classic French wine of good quality, It is only made in the top vintage years. It is light, fresh, fruity, with typical Semillon aromas of honey, ripe Muscat grapes, lime blossom, beeswax, and apricot. When the overripe Semillon grapes are also 'visited' by botrytis, the wine is full, rich, and especially powerful. Drinking temperature for this French wine:8-9°C (46.4-48.2°F).
Libournais, home of the Merlot grape
The vineyards of the Libournais surround the town of Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne. This is the home of the well-known names such as StEmilion, Pomerol, Canon-Pronsac, and Pronsac. Although this French wine area is not far from Bordeaux, the landscape is totally different. These are not large, bleak estates such as the Medoc, but much smaller, sociable little domains with similarly blessed fine houses. While the Cabernets rule the roost in the Medoc, the Merlot grape dominates here. Thise French wines of the Libournais are therefore not able to be kept as long as the distant relatives of the Medoc, but they are accessible much sooner. The less harsh character of this wine fits more readily with your culinary wishes.
Cotes de Castillon French wine
French wine from the Cotes de Castillon has been entitled to bear this AC name on its label since 1989. Previously it formed part of the anonymous family of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieurs. Analytically this Cotes de Castillon varies little from ordinary Bordeaux. The difference is to be found in the lower
output and therefore the higher level of complexity and concentration of the wine. The bouquet is representative of the whole of Bordeaux with cherry, blackcurrant, plum, toast, vanilla, pepper, menthol, spices, and when more mature also game, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and dried fruit. Depending on the style imparted by the wine-maker this wine is either elegant and feminine or powerful, fleshy, fullbodied, and masculine. This French wine is especially recommended for its excellent value for money for the quality and enjoyment it brings. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 16-17°C (60 .8- 62.6°F).
Bordeaux Cotes de Franc French wine
Very acceptable red and white French wines are produced from about 490 hectares between St-Emilion and the Bergeracois. The Cotes are relatively high hills of marl and chalk-bearing clay. The dry white which is made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle, is refined, sensual, and very aromatic with floral notes plus vanilla, dried fruit, almond, and ripe white and yellow fruit (peach). This luxuriance of aromas and the fattiness of Semillon is kept in good balance by the freshness of Sauvignon. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
The red Cotes de Pranc French wine is dark in colour and possess rich aromas of red fruit (raspberry, cherry, and blackcurrant), vanilla, and somewhat earthy notes such as Russian fur, leather, and wood. It is full and broad in flavour, fatty, and powerful. Most wine is somewhat coarse in the first years following maturing in oak but this changes after two or three years in the bottle. Drink red Cotes de Pranch French wine at 16°C (60.8°F).