Each region in France has its own distinct identity. To drive across the country is to pass through a remarkable diversity of cuisines, traditions, accents, history, and, of course, wines. Each winegrowing region offers a different set of grapes and flavors, and we think there’s no better expression of a particular corner of France than its wines.
So we’ve collected six wines to help with a virtual journey around the country: two whites and four reds from Burgundy, Alsace, Rhône, Bordeaux, Languedoc and the Loire. There’s nothing quite like crossing France in a car or a train, but this mixed case offers an oenological tour of the country without leaving your dining room table.
At around $20 per bottle, these wines make great stocking stuffers and last minute gifts. And they’re much more affordable than airfare.
Maillet Macon-Verzé 13: a pure, golden, unoaked chardonnay from the heart of Burgundy’s southern Maconnais region. Look for notes of hazelnut and orange peel.
Michot Pouilly-Fumé 14: a classic Loire Valley white, made of pure Sauvignon Blanc from old vines. Look for notes of grapefruit and gunflint.
Muré Pinot Noir 2014: a vibrant, very lightly oaked Pinot Noir from Alsace, showing more floral and fruit forward notes than red Burgundy. Look for notes of violets and ripe cherries
Lafont Menaut Pessac-Leognan 13: a dense blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from the south of Bordeaux. Look for notes of cedar and plums.
Foulaquier Petit Duc 2012: a pure Grenache from the Languedoc, grown organically and biodynamically. Look for notes of earth and cherry pie
Goubert Gigondas 2012: a classic, concentrated blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah from the Southern Rhône. Look for notes of blackberry jam and provencal spices.
TOUR DE FRANCE
2x Maillet Macon-Verzé 13: $28
2x Michot Pouilly-Fumé 14: $18
2x Muré Pinot Noir 14: $24
2x Lafont-Menaut Pessac-Leognan 13: $24
2x Foulaquier Petit Duc 12: $28
2x Goubert Gigondas 12: $30
Ansonia Retail: $302
mixed case price: $245/case
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