Oh La La, Mais Oui C’est Francais

By / Wine + Drinks / September 10th, 2014 / 1

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.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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