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AlsaceNestled behind the Vosges Mountains the Alsace region is one of France's driest and a lovely hotbed for organic and biodynamic viticulture on volcanic soils. History has seen it change hands between Germany and France many times which shows up in the strong Germanic influence in food, architecture and grapes.
Red or White? White wines reign supreme here. Usually dry and savoury, though some can be made in an off-dry style. This is a clear cut region to understand as they usually put the grape variety on the label. There are also two sweeter styles; late picked, vendange tardive and the botrytis infected dessert wine, selections de grains nobles.
Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewuztraminer
There's a lovely minerality thread in these wines due to their volcanic soil origins. Smokey wafts and exotic fruits are on full display in youth. Over time they develop a honeyed richness. Some wines may have a richer mid-palate and can be off-dry in style.
Marcel Deiss, Zind-Humbrecht, Domaine Ostertag, Paul Blank
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Lethbridge Pinot Noir 2019Ray Nadeson writes some of the most lyrical wine labels going. His hope with this wine is to reveal tannins that feel 'like you are melting into a soft cushion'. Well, they are certainly supple. A big proponent of whole-bunch fermentation, his '19 is striking in its structure and force of personality, with an imposing herbal imprint, chocolate cherry and red berries. Balance of oak/fruit/tannin is impressive, but the sustained length is that and more. (95) JENI PORT, Wine Companion2010Pinot noirAustralia395$52.00 As low as $46.80
Shadowfax Little Hampton Pinot Noir 2018It’s a cranberried wine. Washy. Spicy too, gently autumnal, smoky, fleshed with red cherries, just a little reductive. A pinch of this and a pinch of that. It carries dry, chalky tannin; it’s strung on a taut line of acidity; it’s measured out in coffee spoons. Both delicacy and perfume are evident. Time will be kind.CAMPBELL MATTINSON , The Wine Front2018Pinot noirAustralia395$64.00 As low as $57.60
Jean-Baptiste Boudier Pernard Verglesses Rouge 'Les Vigne Blanches' 2020From old vines planted in the 50's, 100% de-stemmed and with indigenous yeast fermentation only. Boudier relies on minimal extraction in the winery with the wines spending 12 months in barrel and 1 month to settle before bottling.2020Pinot noirFrance375$105.00 As low as $94.50
French Drinking Dozen - Winter 2022
France is an incredibly diverse country and one that offers a plethora of great drinking at all levels. From its balmy southern shores, warm and verdant interior to the cool limits of its northern hills there is truly something for everyone.
This mixed dozen offers up a selection of some of our favourite producers, regions and varieties as well as up-and-coming winemakers and dark horses you may not heard of. We have tried to include a little snap-shot of the state of play from this wonderful vinous country.
Each month this will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore France offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the French Drinking Dozen.$265.00 Regular Price $330.00