The Loire Valley is famous for its white wines. None of them use Chardonnay as a main grape variety. Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon are widely used. About 75% of the production is made of white wine. Although Loire is a land of white wine, some red wines are very interesting. They are fruity and pleasant. The Loire Valley is probably the most beautiful wine region in France and in the world.
The Marnier family has been active in French winemaking since the 17th century. And, in 1919, Alexandre Marnier increased his family position in the Loire Valley with the aqcuision of Chateau de Sancerre. Sancerre wine has been praised by the kings of France since the Middle Ages as "one of the most exquisite of the Kingdom." This celebrated wine from Marnier-Lapostolle is still exported from France today.
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The house was established by Joseph Perrier in 1825 at Châlon-sur-Marne, where Perrier's father, François-Alexandre, had helped his father-in-law in a small wine business. Châlon-sur-Marne, now off the beaten track in terms of the Champagne trade, occupied a more central position in the 19th century. More firms had premises in the town then, and, just ten years before Joseph Perrier set up business, Napoleon had visited Châlon-sur-Marne to see for himself the cellars of Jacquesson, which were reputed to be the finest in all Champagne.
On his death in 1870, Joseph Perrier left a successful business to his grandson Gabriel Perrier, who, however, had little inclination to run a Champagne house and eventually sold the firm to Paul Pithois in 1888. Pithois continued to develop the House and undertook research on wine fermentation with Louis Pasteur. The family had been in the wine business for many generations, having vineyards at Cumières, Hautvillers and Damery.
Today, under the leadership of Jean-Claude Fourmon (a descendant of Paul Pithois), it owns 20 hectares of vineyards and produces 54 000 cases from estate-grown and purchased grapes.
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More than 90% of the wines in Alsace are white. Riesling and Gewurzt are among the best white wines in France. Wine makers raise them in a style you can't find nowhere else but in a wine from Alsace.
Father and son team Léonard and Olivier Humbrecht run Zind Humbrecht, one of the greatest domaines in Alsace. The domaine was created in 1959, following the marriage of Léonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. Léonard Humbrecht has made his mark on the world of wine, turning out truly splendid wines year after year, from a number of vineyard sites across Alsace. Their son, Olivier, has not hidden behind his father's achievements.
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The Burgundy region begins a hundred kilometers south from Paris and spreads itself down to Lyon. It stretches on 360 kilometers (225 miles). Burgundy is a region with various soils, divided in numerous districts: Chablis, Côte d'Or (divided in Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune), Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais. Burgundy wines are of a velvety and subtle red or of a sensual and characteristic white. Pinot Noir and Gamay for reds and Chardonnay mainly for whites
The Françoise Chauvenet House was established back in 1853 in Nuits Saint Georges by François Chauvenet in honour of his beloved Mother. This woman was very decisive in the life of the House to which she give a spice of life and a very dynamic touch. It is very unusual at that time in France and moreover in traditional Burgundy, that a woman leads the way with respect from men. She is a figurehead but also has a strong temper. She seduces and impresses everyone she meets. She knows how to taste wine, she knows her vineyards by heart and masters vinification. Such assets that step by step will impose Françoise Chauvenet as a great style and signature that we want to jealously keep!
The house Françoise Chauvenet has been known for 150 years for the top quality of its wines in all of its appellations approved and signed by Françoise.
Bordeaux is probably the most well-know wine region in France. Bordeaux counts for one third of the good quality french wine (AOC, crus bourgeois, crus classés). The wines are so good there that a Bordeaux ranking is needed to classify the best of the best. Bordeaux has about 7,000 chateaux Red Wines: Cabernet Sauvginon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Whites: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle
The wines from Bergerac have undergone a mini-renaissance in the last decade, largely due to vastly improved viticutural practices and vinification techniques. Marianne Mallard and her English husband, Philip, have 32 hectares of vineyards at Ponchapt near Montravel in the Bergerac region.
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Impeccably kept, medium-sized family property. The vineyard and the cellar are managed with rigour and passion by Guy Cluzan.
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Côtes du Rhône is probably the most diverse wine region in France. From the very different full-body red wines of Côte Rôtie in the north and Châteauneuf du Pape in the south to the exquisite white wine of Condrieu and Château Grillet and the fruity red wines of Crozes Hermitage and of the southern Rhône region. Main reds are a blend of Syrah and grenache, with Syrah the main component of the blend in the north parts of Rhone, while Grenache prevails in the south. Up to 11 other traditional grapes are also blended in to the mix.
In 1928 Pierre Amadieu decided to market his own crop of Gigondas produced from his 7 Ha Family wine-farm located in Gigondas. The family owned company markets its own production of Gigondas, Côtes du Rhône (produced with young vines of Gigondas Vineyard), Côtes du Ventoux (10 Ha in Pernes les Fontaines) and other wines from the Rhône Valley strictly selected and chosen such as: Côtes du Rhône Villages, Vacqueyras, Tavel, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Chateauneuf du Pâpe, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint Joseph.
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Languedoc-Roussillon covers the area on the border of the Mediterranean sea between the west of the Rhône and Camargue to the border of Spain and the Pyrénées mountains. The vineyards of this sunny region are one of the largest expanses of vine growing region in the world. Hence a diverse number of grape varieties grown in the area.
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