While I’m buying over here in France I tune in to one of the local Vancouver news channels almost every day just to feel connected to home. Believe it or not, I do miss being home as wonderful as France is. I miss my bed, my pets, my store and the staff. And all my wonderful clients like you who are reading my blog.
I happened to catch a report on the hysteria in Vancouver over the release of the new 2015 Bordeaux wine and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Was Bob Rennie or some other master marketer creating this mass onslaught to the local liquor distributors causing line ups and people actually waiting over night? For what I pondered. A wine, seriously?
In France there are several regionally grown wines that are just as good or better than Bordeaux and I don’t know that 2015 was actually a good year either. I know for a certainty 2010 and 2011 were fantastic. Why, because France experienced an inordinately long and hot summer which always produces a better grape. 2015 did have a heat wave which did produce a good crop and less of it, but Bordeaux are not the only good wine to get. And I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t stand in line for any wine. Certainly hour long line ups. And most emphatically not overnight.
Many Bordeaux wineries have been bought up by the Chinese who are exporting them to China and asking phenomenal amounts of money promoting them as the best wine in the world. This has inflated the price of these wines substantially.
Many French people dislike Bordeaux and say its not the best wine in the world either. Borgogne wines are wonderful. Grown in the Burgundy area of France about 5 hours south of Paris some people think these wines are among the finest in the world. They can be lighter, much tastier and preferred. Here are some examples of wines I discovered on the internet chosen by a wine sommelier that are not Bordeaux wines.
Year: 1999; 2003; 2005 (but really any would do)
Coche-Dury is best known for its white wines, but Domaine Leroy is best known for red. The Grand Cru vineyard of Musigny is one of the best plots for Pinot Noir in all of Burgundy, and this wine is liquid power and finesse in a bottle. If you do ever come across one, well…you get the picture. You could stand in line for an hour or so to acquire this masterpiece. And it’s no where near Bordeaux
Year: 2003; 2009
Sancerre is probably the most famous Sauvignon Blanc appellation in the world, but the region also produces red wine. Red Sancerre is always 100 percent Pinot Noir, and Génération XIX has all of the depth and complexity you’d expect from world-class Burgundy.
At the cross roads of Burgundy and Centre Loire region, Sancerre, Pouilly and Coteaux du Giennois are produced. The vineyards of Centre-Loire grow on hills dominating the Loire and the Cher valleys in the “Heart of France”. Grapes have been grown here for more than 2,000 years and have produced some of the finest wines in the world.
Year: 2004; 2005
Price: $2,700, give or take a few dollars
While I did single out the Corton-Charlemagne, any wine by Domaine Coche-Dury is a pure treat. Best known for its world class Chardonnays, all the wines display a level of purity and honesty that is becoming less and less common today.
In all honesty I am not a wine connoisseur. The little exposure I’ve had to any great wines or champagnes are by my friends here in France who go to great lengths to explain about the importance about the wine we are about to drink. And of course, unless I snap it with my iPhone I never remember what I drank. All I know is it’s usually pretty special. I do know when I bring a bottle of Champagne called Ruinart I am considered a very appreciated guest.
The information on the above wines was collected from the internet to make a point. The bottles featured were chosen and featured by Raoul Segarra who has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, he wrote a blog entitled “12 French wines to try before you die” where the wines above were featured.
I’ve personally never tried one, but then again, I’m not much of a wine drinker either.
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