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ddddd Hills that are exposed along the rivers of Europe usually create dignified conditions for viticulture. This was known already at the Roman era and that is the case also for the Rhine Valley. From lake Constance on the border between Germany , Switzerland and Austria, vineyards spread out on both sides of the river without significant interruption before arriving to Bonn. This is the heart of Europe, where people from different countries and from different cultures have been striving for the same thing ; to cultivate their land and produce wine . Alsace is not an exception.
ddddd Beaujolais represents the most southern part of the wine district of Burgundy and it normally belongs to the region of Burgundy wines . Beaujolais has probably created its reputation for the « Beaujolais Nouveau”, released in November each year. The launch of Beaujolais Nouveau is almost like a festive New Year celebration for wine buffs around the world since it is the first wine to claim a new year on the winelabels.
ddddd Bordeaux is probably one of the most famous and perhaps the most prestigious wine region, not only in France , but worldwide. With its 115,000 ha of vines perfectly aligned along the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux alone, produces half of the world famous French wines , the so-called " Grands crus " .
ddddd Burgundy often competes with Bordeaux for the title of being the most prestigious wine region in France. Geographically it is a large region which covers the Chablis wines in the north. In the south of the town of Dijon we then find the exclusive and world famous wines from Côtes-de-Nuits where Domaine Romanée-Conti has become famous for being the world's most exclusive and above all expensive wine.
ddddd The demand for Champagne around the world has risen dramatically over the past 20 years and only exports currently represent a value of nearly 2.5 billion €. Continuing this trend , we will in the near future have supply problems since the production of true Champagne is limited to the size of the Champagne district .
ddddd Historically, Corsica has double origins. First and foremost, it is just like for Provence , the Greeks who introduced winemaking to Corsica. The difference from Provence is that Corsica has also been influenced by Italy - or what at the time was Italy when first Lombardy, then Pisa and finally Genoa invaded Corsica. The grape varieties used in Corsica are still comparable to those used in Italy.
ddddd Languedoc, often described together with the Roussillon area, are both together the world's greatest wine region. It covers not less than 300,000 hectars and represent between 35-40 % of the total French wine production. As often in the south of France, it’s the Greeks who began producing wine in Languedoc.
ddddd The Loire Valley is the 3rd largest wine district in France and has been named after the river with the same name that flows through the region. The Loire River flows south west of Paris from the Massif Central in the middle of France further west , to end up reaching the Atlantic sea. The Loire Valley is known for its mild climate and kings and queens have for centuries come here from Paris and have erected magnificent castles along the river.
ddddd The South of France with the Mediterranean sea is the Empire of the sun. Not less than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year makes Provence an excellent region for wine making. The Greeks came to Marseille already 600 years before Christ , and contributed to the development of the wine culture. The Romans and the churche’s monks then continued on the same track .
Rhône Valley62 Products
ddddd <p>Côtes-du-Rhône and the Rhône Valley is the wine district that goes along the river named Rhône . This is the second largest French wine region after Bordeaux. From Lyon in the north, down in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea in the south, the sunbeam’s effect on the grapes is evident when tasting these wines. Spice , power and alcohol strength tends to be the hallmarks of the Côtes-du-Rhône wines .</p>
ddddd Roussillon is located in the extreme west and the last part of the French Mediterranean cost, right next to the border with Spain. Surrounded by high altitudes, Roussillon is separated from the neighboring districts. In the north is the Corbières steep limestone hillsides. In the West extends the Canigo massif out and in the south, Albères and Roc de France constitute the border with Spain. A dry summer, a rainy autumn and an early spring characterize the climate of Roussillon. The warm Mediterranean climate and the protection from the mountains promote the grape maturation. The Roussillon vineyard stretches back to 600's when Greek sailors, attracted by the Catalan mining fortunes, settled in the region. The winegrowing developed in the Middle Ages and "les vins doux naturels" quickly gained a reputation. Red Côtes-de-Roussillon and Côtes-de-Roussillon-Villages are produced in Roussillon. The main grape varieties are Carignan, Grenache, Lladoner Pelut, Mourvèdre and Syrah for the red wines. The white wines of Roussillon are mainly made from Grenache Blanc, Macabeo, Malvasia, Muscat, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino. Roussillon also manufactures 90% of the French "vin doux naturels" - or in English "the naturally sweet wines." The sweetness of these wines comes exclusively from the grape juice, no sugar has been added. Distilled alcohol is added to the wine during the fermentation process. This interrupts the fermentation process and the sugar of the grapes is therefore not converted entirely into alcohol, but is naturally left in the wine as a natural sweetener. The process is similar to the ones applied for the production of Porto, Madeira and Marsala. The most famous "vin doux naturels" from Roussillon is Banyuls, Maury and Riversaltes. These wines are excellent as a drink to blue cheese, to desserts or even to a piece of good dark chocolate.
South West10 Products
ddddd Wines from South West of France are sometimes mistakenly associated with Bordeaux wines. The wines of the Southwest has also been overlooked due to its big brother Bordeaux, which had been the famous name for wines from the southwestern France. Bordeaux is correctly part of the southwest of France, but when discussing wine, Bordeaux is a separate region and is not included in the category of wines from the southwest.
"Les Fontanilles" is a red wine from the appellation Minervois made from Syrah-, Grenache-, Carignan- and Cinsaultgrapes. The vinification is typically "Burgundian" which gives an elegant wine with fruity and peppery tones. 92/100...19.6€
La 50/50 is a fresh and fruity redwine that fits perfectly well to a dinner between friends. A real thirst-quenching wine that has had great success among wine journalists and which has...14.9€
Brut Majeur from Ayala is a fresh and fruity Champagne with hints of citrus, white flowers and white fruit. Stored for 3 years and dosed 7g / liter, it's a fresh...32.5 €
Tout près des étoiles from Domaine des 2 Lunes is a light, salmon pink rosé wine with hints of peach and apricot. A round fruity rosé to serve as aperitif, to...10.0€
Picpoul is a fresh white wine from the region around the "Etang de Thau" in Languedoc. The wine is the perfect together with oysters and are actually drunk locally together with...7.7€
Besserat the Bellefon "Cuvée des Moines" Brut is a dry champagne which made itself known throughout the world for its light sparkling, almost creamy texture which makes it ideal as...33 €
Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru Champagne with aromatic hints of freshly baked bread and dried apricots. A champagne for the big occasions to serve as...43 €
Besserat de Bellefon - Cuvée des moines - Extra brut is a dry champagne with fresh minerality and iodine elements mixed in a fruity combination. To pair with oysters and seafood...38 €
Besserat de Bellefon Rosé Brut is a refined rosé champagne with hints of blackberries and black currants. To serve as an aperitif, with a grilled shrimp skewer or at the...36 €
Besserat the Bellefon "Grande Tradition Brut is a classic champagne made from mostly Chardonnay - a fresh palate, ideal for an aperitif.26.5€
Brut Réserve from Billecart-Salmon is a light, subtle and well-ballanced champagne for the discerning champagne fan!37.9 €
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