The Tour de France – A wine-lover’s guide

Tour de France cyclistsThe world’s most famous cycle race is a gruelling three-week trial which this year begins in Normandy, heading South to the Pyrenees and looping back up via the Alps before its triumphant finish on the Champs Elysées. But don’t worry if this all sounds a bit too much like hard work. You can embrace the spirit of the Tour de France by following our handy ‘Tour des Vins de France’ instead. First stop… The Loire.



Clos de Nouys Vouvray

Clos de Nouys Vouvray Brut NV

A delicate sparkling wine, with floral notes of acacia on the nose, followed by flavours of fresh citrus fruit and hints of almonds. A fine expression of Chenin Blanc.

DID YOU KNOW: Sales of French sparkling wine in the Off Trade grew 23% last year (Nielsen).

 Chateau De La Roche Gamay Rouge Touraine

Chateau De La Roche Gamay Rouge Touraine 2013

Aromas and flavours of fruits of the forest, with red cherry and peppery notes. Well-balanced with a long smooth finish.

DID YOU KNOW: Gamay is a great red option for the 41% of consumers who prefer Fresh flavours to Smooth or Intense wines (Taste Test).




 Chateau Penin Tradition  

Chateau Penin Tradition Bordeaux Superieur 2011 

A Merlot-dominated blend with 10% Cabernet Franc. It is one of the only non-classified chateaux to be regularly tasted by the Wine Advocate. Aromatic, fresh and complex, it develops beautifully with food.

DID YOU KNOW: 20% of those who regularly drink French wine list Bordeaux as their favourite region (Taste Test).


 Chateau Loupiac  

Chateau Loupiac Gaudiet 2011 

Notes of passion fruit, dry apricots and honey. This wine has a delicious combination of crispness and ripe fruit character. (Semillon sales grew 5% in the On Trade last year, and it was the 3rd biggest selling white grape variety from France – CGA.)

Languedoc Roussillon 




 Domaine Lafage Cotes Du Roussillon Rouge Authentique  

Domaine Lafage Cotes Du Roussillon Rouge Authentique 2014 

This red wine has an intense fruity nose with an abundance of floral, chocolate, and liquorish aromas and flavours. Rich and pleasantly structured, with an elegant finish.

DID YOU KNOW: One in four wine drinkers are aware of the wonderful wines of Roussillon (Wine Intelligence).

 Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2014  

Chateau Du Caillau Cahors 2014 

This wine is packed full with flavours of black fruit, cherry and cassis with a subtle smoky nuance. The tannins are firm and ripe, giving the wine great structure.

DID YOU KNOW: French Malbec is the highest rated red grape on grape app Plonk. Sales rose 43% in the On Trade (CGA).



 Paul Jaboulet  Aine Crozes Hermitage Blanc Les Jalets 2015  

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Blanc Les Jalets 2015 

Beautifully aromatic with hints of pear and roasted almond. A great expression of Crozes Hermitage.

DID YOU KNOW: 15% of regular drinkers of French wine list Cotes du Rhone as their favourite wine region (Taste Test).

 Font-Sane Gigondas 2013  

Font-Sane Gigondas 2013 

This deep, full-bodied red wine has delicious flavours of black fruits and warm spices.

DID YOU KNOW: French Grenache is on the up in the On Trade. Sales have more than doubled in the last year (CGA).



 Domaine Roux Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles 2013  

Domaine Roux Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Macherelles 2013

A wonderfully aromatic wine which bursts with mayflower, acacia, and honeysuckle. On the palate its roundness and opulence are balanced by a profound minerality and captivating length.

DID YOU KNOW: 14% of regular wine drinkers have bought Burgundy in the last 3 months (Wine Intelligence).

 Chateau Moulin Favre Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015

Chateau Moulin Favre Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015 

Light, juicy and fresh with lots of ripe strawberry and raspberry flavours. The tannins are light and delicate, and the finish is fruity.

DID YOU KNOW: Sales of French Gamay increased almost 200% in the On Trade last year (CGA).



 Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs Reserve Privee Grand Cru NV

Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs Reserve Privee Grand Cru NV

This is fresh and bright on the nose with green apple, citrus and white flower aromas. The palate is delicate and light with a gentle mousse supporting white peach, almond and brioche flavours.

DID YOU KNOW: 54% of UK consumers prefer to celebrate with Champagne over sparkling wine (Lanson Report).

 Palmer & Co. Brut Rosé Reserve NV

Palmer & Co. Brut Rosé Reserve NV

Intense aromas of wild strawberries with notes of blackcurrants and redcurrants, delicate spicy notes of vanilla and cinnamon.

DID YOU KNOW: Despite the growth of sparkling wines, 60% of UK consumers still agree that Champagne is the better quality product (Lanson Report).


2nd July 2016

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