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French Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021

French Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021 - Prince Wine Store

French Drinking Dozen – Spring 2021

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.

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  1. French Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021
    French Drinking Dozen - Spring 2021

    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.

    $260.00 Regular Price $324.00
  1. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
    Grape varieties: 80% Gamay Noir and 20% Pinot Noir
    2018
    Gamay, Pinot noir
    France
    358
  2. Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017
    Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017
    Opens with crème de mure, wild forest fruits and summer raspberries. Plenty of mulled spices and wild herbs. The palate is full and ripe with a tangy hit of salty liquorice on the close. The tannins are soft and plush and provide a nice frame for the fruit to hang off. PWS

    A bold, rich and round expression of mixed berries with some wild herbs. Rich, fluid tannins. Smooth and approachable. JamesSuckling.com
    2017
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
    $18.00
  3. Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    A new producer in the market that has just nailed it for entry level Bordeaux that actually taste like Bordeaux! Blended from vineyards across the appellation this is a superb introduction to the Bordeaux style, delivering a classic expression of the region and delicious to boot.

    Raised in tank and aged on fine lees, an abundance of savoury, grassy grapefruit, tangy and beautifully balanced.Lifted tropical fruit, lime and green apple with subtle herbaceous grassy end notes. Light, fresh and dry the palate with a touch of textural slip that carries it through the zingy close. PWS
    2014
    sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    France
    460
  4. Reine Juliette Carignan 2019
    Reine Juliette Carignan 2019
    The Domaine Reine Juliette sits along the southern side of the modern A9, which historically was the Via Domitia which connected Italy to Spain. Guillaume and his sister Marion inherited the estate from his parents in 1985, and they are now joined by his son in working the land. Together they are the 6th and 7th generations of Allies making wine at Reine Juliette.

    Harvested early (August) to keep some freshness and also because the summer was very dry and warm. 15 days cold maceration, malolactic fermentation, aged 6 months in concrete tanks. Very drinkable Carignan. The dark fruit character shows very well with silky tannins, touch of chopped herbs and pepperiness."
    2019
    Carignan
    France
    484
  5. Des Grande Esperances Java Rouge 2018
    Des Grande Esperances Java Rouge 2018
    This is a cracking Blend of gamay 60% malbec 20% and cabernet Franc 20% made by the team at Domaines de Grande Esperances. They are geared towards quality production and organic farming base in the Loire Valley and working with about 24 hectares of land and 8 varietals. These are fun and delicious wines that don't take themselves to seriously but still over-deliver in spades.

    A lifted fruit punch of red fruits - think strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry and red currant that leap out of the glass. A wild spicy note carries the bold fruit turning round into lovely savoury peppery sprinkles. There is a light lick of tannin that keeps this all-in check. Yum!
    2019
    Cabernet Franc, Gamay
    France
    484
  6. Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017
    Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017
    Vignoble Mingot is a third generation family operated winery, on the right bank of Bordeaux in the area of Savignac-de-l'Isle. This is where their historical Chateau Marechaux property is located 7 kms north of the vineyards in Lalande de Pomerol.

    The Mingot family have also integrated a range of red wines with a modern concept named 'Pur'; a natural, low sulphur, monovarietal and quirky labelled Bordeaux Supérieur.

    Vignoble Mingot is a producer that delivers superb quality and a great representation of right bank Bordeaux, providing excellent value across the portfolio.
    2017
    Malbec
    France
    360

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French Drinking Dozen – Spring 2021 REG. PRICE SPECIAL ORDER TOTAL
Poitevin 2016 $55.00 $55.00
Racine Picpoul de Pinet 2019 $23.00 $20.00
Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018 $25.00 $25.00
Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017 $18.00 $18.00
Jean-Luc Mader Pinot Blanc 2019 $31.00 $31.00
Batard Langlier Sur Lie Muscadet 2020 $27.00 $27.00
Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018 $22.00 $22.00
Reine Juliette Carignan 2019 $24.00 $24.00
Laffitte Petit Gascoun Rose 2019 $22.00 $22.00
Des Grande Esperances Java Rouge 2018 $21.00 $21.00
Rendez-Vous Malbec 2017 $25.00 $25.00
Pichot Vouvray Demi Sec Clos Berger 2018 $32.00 $32.00
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