Famous Wine Regions in France
As is well known, France is the heart of worldwide fine wine production. It has a deep influence on other wine making countries. In this short article, we introduce three of the main French wine regions.
First of all, we start with Bordeaux, the most famous French wine region. Bordeaux is located in southwest France and its wines can typically be characterized according to one of the following categories.:
1. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend
2. Merlot dominant blend
3. White wines (both sweet and dry).
For Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous and expensive wines come from Chateaux such as Château Laffite, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut Brion and Château d’Yquem. These wines can be found everywhere in Hong Kong, and while at Abbelio Wines we do carry some wines from these Chateaux (for example 1996 La Mission Haut Brion OWC) we prefer to showcase Bordeaux wines that are of create quality but more reasonably priced (for example 2011 Chateau Le Pey).
The Right Bank of the Gironde river is home to Bordeaux blends that have a higher proportion of Merlot – major regions include Saint Emilion and Pomerol. They make wines beyond Château Cru Classification and start a “new world style”, like high in alcohol, very ripe tannin, and medium acidity. Our wines: Saint Emilion2005 Château Fleur Morange
Classic white Bordeaux blends are made in Bordeaux's Sauternes, Cerons, Cadillac and Loupiac districts. They are probably one of the most ignored categories of white wine in the world nowadays. Vineyards in Bordeaux were dominated by white-wine varieties until 1960’s, but these days many people prefer Bordeaux red wines. We do have some great example of Bordeaux whites however – both dry (for example 2012 Chateau Haut Grelot Blanc) and sweet (Ch. Filhot).
The second region we will introduce is Burgundy, Burgundy produces some of the most complex wine in the world and has three main grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligote. The best vineyard sites (Premier Cru and Grand Cru) make good use of longer sunshine hours, slope-wash special soils and drainage. The best Chablis from Grand Cru sites is high in acidity, medium plus bodied, showing smoky mineralogy characters with flavours of lemon citrus. Côte d'Or region, the center of Burgundy stands famous Grand Cru sites, including Gevrey- Chambertin, Vougeot, Vosne – Romanee. We carry many wines
from Burgundy – check out our full list at http://www.abbelio-wines.com.hk/collections/burgundy-wines
The Rhone Valley
Finally for this article, we present the Rhone Valley. In the southern Rhône, it is warmer and vineyards are more flatly planted than in North Rhône. The red wines from South Rhône are made from complex blends of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache is the main component. The most famous wine region in Southern Rhône is Châteauneuf du Pape. The best red wine from Grenache grapes are made here, full bodied, richly and softly textured, high in alcohol, concentrated core of pepper and red currents. We carry the wine 2011 Clos du Caillou CDR Bouquet des Garrigues – an organic wine from a vineyard very close to CNDP.