About French Wine
On a wine walking holiday you would expect to taste a lot of wines. You
will not be disappointed! The variety is endless - some have been famous
for centuries; the Premiers Crus of Burgundy and the Grand Crus of the
Medoc. Some almost seem to have been forgotten over the years; Fronsac,
Cahors, Condrieu. Some have become very popular of late; Pouilly-Fuisse,
the Beaujolais Crus, Gigondas, Tavel. And some are just starting to be
talked about; the wines of the Languedoc, Corbieres and Minervois.
We get to taste all of these plus a few more - you can expect to enjoy at least one wine tasting each day. The winegrower himself (or increasingly, herself) will be with us for the tasting and will often join us for our al fresco lunch afterwards. We tend to concentrate on the smaller, family run producers whose whole life has been spent in producing their own wine.
But large or small, some things never change. In Burgundy, where the wines are made from single grape varieties, Chardonnay for white and Pinot Noir for red, the vineyards are small and the soil is relied upon to give the wines their characteristics. In Bordeaux, where the vineyards are bigger, single grape wines are rare - the winegrower’s skill lies in producing a wine from a melange of different cepages. Here, each property is referred to as a “Chateau” whether the building is grand or simple. In Burgundy when the word “Chateau” appears on the label you can generally be sure that an authentic French castle features somewhere in the process.
Over the years, New World wines have become increasingly popular, to the point where the French have had to sit up and pay attention. In fact, in the Languedoc and Corbieres where wines have been made for centuries, recent improvements have been put down to a large extent to “flying” winemakers from Australia and New Zealand.
As far as the methods of production are concerned, the wheel has turned from oak to concrete to stainless steel. In some places the wheel has turned completely - you might well see in a modern Saint-Emilion winery a brand new oak vat being used for macerating the grapes.
The era of the computer may well and truly have arrived but the romance has survived. The vintners’ houses with their big stone cellars are still there, as are the old chais where you will see an ancient oak press. And the locals still congregate at the village restaurant for lunch, especially on a Sunday.
One other thing - buying wine from the producer becomes an even more enjoyable experience when you realise that prices are around half of what you will pay in the U.K.
The Kaysersberg Valley
Chateaux in the Medoc
Burgundy Wine Trails
From Dijon to Puligny Montrachet
Champagne Wine Trails
Epernay to Reims
Dentelles de Montmirail
From Vaison La Romaine
The French Riviera
Nice to Menton
A walk down to the Sea
The Vermilion Coast
Collioure, Banyuls, Cerbere
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