From the fertile lands of Burgundy and Bordeaux the French have been making world-class quality wines from the 6th century BC making it one of the worlds oldest and largest wine makers.
Chateau dYquem Sauternes
Made from the Graves vineyards in the Gironde regions of southern Bordeaux, the Chateau dYquem Sauternes is a Premier Cru Superieur wine that boasts of initial fruity undertones that slowly gives way to the more complex secondary and tertiary rich flavours. Its distinct sweetness is carefully balanced by its relatively high acidity to make its concentration a truly sensational experience. Stored with care, this wine can last centuries, giving it a richer and deeper flavor, perfect for high value guests and important personalities.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild
One of the most expensive vintage wines, with a purportedly Thomas Jefferson-owned 1787 bottle auctioned for US$ 156,000, the Lafite Rothschild has been initially designed for consumption by the upper echelons of 18th century European society composed of Kings, noblemen, barons, and lords. The Lafite Rothschild is well-known for its deep and complex flavors as well as a distinctively unique and powerful structure owing to their high tannin content.
La Romanee-Conti, La Tache
From the world-famous vineyard, Romanee-Conti, the La Romanee-Conti La Teche is one of the best-known and well-respected wines of the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti based in Burgundy. With a tradition that spans centuries beginning in 1232, the vineyard has been producing white and red wines that have been recognized as among the greatest wine producers in the world. With unique biodynamic cultivation methods, the vineyard has produced some of the worlds best tasting wines, complete with a hint of strawberry or cherry as well as leather and violets. This highly complex aroma is sure to create a maelstrom of different sensations.
The first growth Grand vin of this winemaker from Bordeaux is well known for its earth, savory, and fruity flavors that gets better with age. It is a wine that is based on the Cabernet Sauvignon wine grape variety with a mix of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. The Grand vin Latour has been a favorite among wine connoisseur who frowns at some people who drink it too young. The only way to enjoy its richness and complex flavours is by ageing it to at least five years where the time spent on oak barrels adds a note of vanilla, coconut, spices, and smoke.
Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil
The Clos du Mesnil from Salon Champagne is a critically acclaimed wine known for its very complex aromas because of a variety of winemaking techniques including the use of oak barrels for ageing. The buttery aroma found on the Clos de Mesnil is a product of malolactic fermentation that further gives complexity to the richness already provided for by the intrinsic qualities of the grapes. Its hint of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and smoke, this is simply a great wine to have. You simply need to have a strong sense of smell to differentiate the many scents that come from the rich and complex aroma of these fine French wines.
Ideas for Dining Out on French Wines
Most French wines have been designed to be enjoyed with food. If youre going to have a glass of expensive wine, then you really should pair it with a quality meal at a fine dining establishments. And you dont have to go all the way to France to sample such a pairing. here in the UK, many of the top-class restaurants serve dishes to suit the very best wines. Top choices include Paul Ainsworth at No 6 restaurant in restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall; Raymond Blancs Belmond Le Manoir aux QuatSaisons in Great milton, Oxfordshire; Lutyens restaurant in Fleet Street London; and Chez Jules in Chester.