THE BEAUJOLAIS REGION

The Beaujolais region extends across 50 km from  South to North, between Lyon and Macon.

Enjoying the maximum amount of sunshine, the vines are never grown in the flatlands but always on the slopes of the numerous hills that characterize the landscape of Beaujolais.

This exposure, combined with quality soils, allows for the production of wines of an incredible diversity, which are all pleasing to the palate.”The most sensual of the vineyards”, according to ‘Revue du Vin’ (Wine Magazine), is planted on 73 different soil types, which allow Black Gamay (red and rosé) and Chardonnay (white wines)  to express all their ranges.

In the South, the AOP Beaujolais (PDO Beaujolais) is grown on soils where clay and granite prevail, hence opulent and sweet wines are produced.

In  the north, Beaujolais Villages AOP are grownmainly on granite that produce wines specific to each village and soil.

Within these PDOs, ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ is a “young” wine: black Gamay with its white juice gives excellent young “nouveau” wines. Selling them as soon as vinification is over has been authorized since 1951. ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ is now internationally-renowned, it is a global event: every third Friday in November, ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ starts being sold and drunk, providing the opportunity to celebrate a congenial popular wine and contribute to the fame of the Beaujolais vineyard.

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Bourgogne (Burgundy)

COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS (Burgundy hillsides)

Previously called « Bourgogne-ordinaire » ou          « Bourgogne-grand-ordinaire » (BGO), “Coteau Bourguignon” is an AOC/ PDO wine that comes in white, red or rosé wines in the villages and small towns of the Yonne, Rhône,Côte d’Or and Saône et Loire ’departements’ (administrative districts)

The mostly used grape varieties are the emblematic ones of Burgundy:

• For red and rosé wines : black Pinot, black Gamay with white juice, César

• For white wines : Chardonnay, Aligoté, Melon de Bourgogne, white Pinot, grey Pinot

The wines of this region are characterized by their diversity (varied terroirs and blending combinations), they are all fruity. What makes this region interesting is that it combines old grape varieties to preserve and maintain traditions and recent grape varieties to widen the range of the wines produced.

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THE MACONNAIS REGION

The Macon region is the most southern region of Burgundy. It extends across 35 km between the towns of Sennecey-le-Grand in the North and Saint-Véran in the South.

In this region Chardonnay represents 80% of the vines: it is a ubiquitous white variety. As for the red grape varieties, it is Gamay that supplants black Pinot.

Here are some regional appellations specific to the Macon region: Macon, Macon-villages, Macon followed by the name of the village. Some of the Macon appellations are very well-known : Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran, Viré-Clessé, Pouilly-Loché, Pouilly-Vinzelles. The white wines of the Macon region are powerful and aromatic the reds are often gourmet wines.

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THE PAYS D’OC REGION

The Pays d’Oc region stretches along the Mediterranean Sea, over 4 ‘départements’ (administrative districts): ‘Aude’, ‘Gard’, ‘Hérault’ and ‘Pyrénées-Orientales’.

The wine of the ‘Pays d’Oc’ is one of the most popular French wines, it is also the most exported wine (18% of French wines exported).

The range of the grape varieties permitted to be used in the production of the wines of ‘Pays d’Oc’ is extensive: more than 50 grape varieties of French and foreign vineyards are grown in the ‘Pays d’Oc’ region. There is a great diversity in grape varieties, soil and climate: all such combinations will give each wine of ‘Pays d’Oc’ its characteristic features and will allow each wine lover to find the nectar best suited to his taste.

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THE PROVENCE REGION

The climatic conditions of the South of France are favorable to viticulture: the dry and sunny

Mediterranean climate gives the wines of Provence their flavor and luster.

Rosé and white wines are produced through cold maceration and gentle pressure techniques. The red wines are vinified in a traditional way, some will be left to age in oak barrels.

Each one will have its own taste characteristics with regard to the variety of grape varieties present in the region of Provence : Grenache, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Ugni blanc, Vermentino/Rolle, Tibouren, Calitor …

(PDO) ‘AOC Côtes de Provence’ extends across 3 ‘départements’ (administrative districts) :  ‘Var’,  ‘Bouches du Rhône’ and part of ‘Alpes Maritimes’.

For this AOC (PDO), the range of grape varieties also allows for a diversity of wines. Among them, are “blancs de blancs”, full-bodied reds, but above all, many rosés that really make the reputation of this ‘AOC Côtes de Provence’: rosé wines make up 80% of the production. It must be noted that Provence is the favorite region for rosé, this fresh wine that is so invitingly part and parcel of our summer aperitifs.

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Along the roads of Bordeaux wines …

The Bordeaux region is recognized as the largest area of ​​fine wines. This reputation acquired by a wide range of designations appellations (57), varied and renowned vines prevails on an area 117 000 ha. A territory of character and imposing charm and nobility induced by an ancestral legacy and especially by a remarkable architecture.

The wines are distinguished by mythical grape varieties that offer a variety like nowhere else. Thus for the red wines of this beautiful region, it is possible to find Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot among others and for white wine, Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle.

The visit of the Bordeaux region is to offer a dream of all the senses by discovering the 5 great circuits on the wine route of Bordeaux:

The Castles Route

In the Médoc, it extends from the north of Bordeaux for 80 kilometers to Pointe de Grave. This is the domain of great classified growth: Pauillac, St Estèphe, St Julien, Margaux, Moulis, …

 

 

The Coteaux road

Along the estuary of the Garonne this wine trail leads us to the region of Brayais and Bourgeais.

The Heritage Road

Discover world-class vineyards and classified villages. This is the domain of Pomerol, but Saint-Emilion has other assets since this village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The road Bastides

Visit castles and Romanesque churches, the region between the two seas, between Dordogne and Garonne, with its young wines, reds, rosés, and clairets … also go by Cadillac and Loupiac.

The road of Graves

This path takes you to the gates of the Landes region. The terroirs are varied producing reds, whites and sweet wines The Sauternes is the most beautiful jewel of this region. Want to know more ?