French Wines to Love this Spring
Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
You're going to want something to sip with your French foods this month, and what better than a great French wine? Our Wine Expert, Brian Mallie, is offering up these fine choices. You'll be able to save a little for a real trip to Paris, as each of these selections costs less than $25.
Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles"
This very accessible white Burgundy blended from the regions of Puligny (70%) and Meursault (30%) is expressive and gracefully balanced. A subtle framing of new oak highlights its clearly delineated flavors.
Château Lamothe de Haux Bordeaux Blanc
Eschewing the trends of modern Bordeaux Blanc, these traditionalists use all three grapes (Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle) in their juicy, barrel-aged white wine. Try it with smoked salmon, mussels or a cobb salad.
Cave de Saumur "Les Pouches" Saumur Blanc
Like a whole fruit bowl in a glass with its vivid peach, lemon zest and grapefruit aromas, the dry yin to Vouvray's sweet yang, Saumur regularly crafts some of the Loire Valley's best value-priced white wines.
From the northern Rhône, this wine is made with 100% Marsanne, a grape best known as one of the building blocks of white Hermitage. A wine of mouth-filling richness, it's loaded with creamy stone fruit flavors.
Gassier en Provence Sables d'Azur Rosé
Rosé wines such as this from Provence played a large part in the popularity the entire category enjoys today. Inviting berry-scented aromas, a vibrant palate of currant and wild cherry and a clean, crisp finish are the reason rosés aren't just summer wines anymore.
Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum Cahors Malbec
Before the flood of Malbec from Argentina was even a trickle, all the available Malbec came from the region of Cahors in southwest France. This sturdy, deeply colored modern take has Malbec lovers talking about French Malbec again.
Château Beauchêne Côtes du Rhône "Premier Terrior"
The fact this wine drinks like a small-scale Châteauneuf-du-Pape is hardly a surprise. The vineyards that produce the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes for this wine are less than ten feet from where the Châteauneuf zone ends. Juicy and complex with ripe raspberry and sweet glove leather aromas.
Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Despite its reputation as fruity "beginner" wine, Beaujolais produces some of the most satisfying and versatile of all French wines. A great match for poultry, pork and a stunning range of cheeses, the top Crus such as Morgon are sophisticated, charming and yes, easy to drink.