Oh La La, Mais Oui C’est Francais
I feel I’ve been neglecting France and French wines over my time here at Quench, and I’m not sure why.
France continues to shine on the world stage, they also continue to show that they can make great wines in the value category – meaning they are making so much more than just the high priced spread and “growth” wines prized by your father and in the Far East.
Today we look at some value wines from a few regions within France including Bordeaux, Midi and Burgundy.
Mallory & Benjamin Talmard 2012 Macon-Uchizy, Burgundy ($16.95)
I do not consider myself a Burgundy snob, as this small Macon village wine will attest; but don’t be put off by the size of the place this one is real pretty with its vanilla, pineapple and apple notes.
Chateau de la Grave Caractere 2010, Bordeaux ($19.95)
Proving you don’t have to go high-priced to get a good Bordeaux this one is full of cassis, dark fruit, smoked-plum and black cherry all with a long finish; should easily age a decade.
Chateau Saint-Esteve 2011 Corbieres, Midi ($17.95)
Next to the Rhone, the Midi region (aka: Languedoc-Rousillon) makes some of the most attractive wines in flavour and value; this one is rich in cherry, vanilla and smoky notes with a lovely plum finish.