If France were a family member she would be your mother in law: sometimes overly opinionated, impossible to give advice to, and yet the person who gave birth to someone we love more than anyone else in the world.
And so it is with wine. We all have the odd grumble at the French wine industry, but anyone who seriously loves wine cannot deny that it is the source of some of the world’s finest. Winemakers here have long understood that the thrill of great wines is to let their terroir sing. People bandy the idea around today as though it were something new, but it has been at the core of French winemaking for centuries.
It seems unfair to pick out just a few, but the peerless wines of Loire-based Pascal Lambert are an extraordinary treat – he’s a man who knows better than most how to handle oak whilst retaining minerality and vivacity. The Malbec wine from Tire Pé represents terrific value, and is a salient reminder that Malbec is a Bordeaux variety by origin. Then there is Domaine Vinci in the Roussillon, which has to be one of the region’s most underestimated wineries, delivering wines that are both rich and complex.
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If ever you are looking for a clue as to what’s in store when you open a bottle of Rhône, look no further than the powerful, long, broad, meandering river itself.
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