Languedoc Roussillon Region
The wine region of Languedoc-Roussillon extends over the departments of Aude, Herault, Gard and Pyrenees Orientales. The area produces wines of great renown, such as Corbières, Fitou, Faugères, Saint-Chinian and Banyuls.The region has many Grand Crus (Corbieres Boutenac, Minervois la Liviniere.) Production in the area includes rich red wines, rosés, white wine, sparkling and dessert wines.
The Rhône wine region extends over the departments of the Rhône, the Gard de la Drôme and the Vaucluse. The region produces some famous wines, the most well-known including names such as Châteauneuf du Pape, Condrieu, Côte Rôtie, Lirac, Hermitage, Gigondas. The Northern Rhone is renowned for its rich full-bodied, austere Syrahs and aromatic Viogniers, whereas the Southern Rhone produces predominantly blended wines.
This wine is a 2012 Gigondas from Southern Rhone and has a fine balance between the fruit and tannins.
The Alsace wine region extends over the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin departments. Alsace is a land of great white wines, among the most well-known including, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot gris. It has 51 grands crus. The production is comprised of elegant white wines, red wine and sparkling wine.
The Loire wine region extends over 1000 miles, over 15 departments. The Loire Valley is particularly well-known for its elegant Cabernet Francs, dry, flinty Sauvignon Blancs, rich, ageworthy chenin blancs and phenomenal dessert wines. The Loire is the world’s largest producer of fine chenin blanc. Famed areas include Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Chinon, Touraine, Muscadet.
This area extends over the departments of the Gironde. The region of Bordeaux produces some of the most famous wines in the world. Some of the most legendary include Châteaux Yquem, Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite, Latour, Margaux. Bordeaux is most famed for its red blends, white blends, and the dessert wines of Sauternes. The left bank of Bordeaux produces Cabernet dominant blends of great longevity, whereas the right bank produces merlot dominant blends of incredible finesse. The white wines are a blend of Sauvignon blanc and Semillon, and the great wines of Sauternes are botrytised wines, which can only be produced in particularly good years, when the growing conditions are perfect for the development of Botrytis.
The Burgundy wine region extends over the departments of Yonne, Côte-d’or and Saône-et-Loire. The wines produced there, are amongst the most sought after in the world. Famous producers include names such as Romanée-Conti, Macon, Chablis, Pommard and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wines are complex and fine, displaying great longevity. The production in the area is made up of predominantly white wine, produced from chardonnay, and red wine, produced fom Pinot Noir.
South West Region
The South West region extends over 800 miles, and includes 12 departments. This region is well-known, thanks to the famous terroir of Cahors, Madiran, Bergerac and Jurançon. The most common red varieties cultivated are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot. The popular white varieties include Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc.
The region of Provence includes the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes. The rosé wines of Provence are highly regarded. The region produces world-class wines, including Bandol, Baux de Provence, Cotes de Provence. Blended red and rosé wines are often produced, using Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. White wines are predominantly produced from Vermentino, Semillan and Ugni Blanc.