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Celebrate 2020 Fête Des Vendanges With These 10 Varietals

26/08/2020

So many things to admire about France, and La Fête des Vendanges is just one of them!

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What exactly is La Fête, you ask? Well, it translates as “The Harvest Festival” from French to English. La Fête des Vendanges is the celebration of the wine harvest. It falls on October 7th this year and ends on Oct 11th. 

Did You Know? - La Fête des Vendanges has been taking place since 1934 in Montmartre.

So here we bring you 10 different varietals from France itself to sip on this exciting day - La Fête des Vendanges. 

Pinot noir - Descendance

Descendance is the emblematic cuvée of Champagne Pointillart Leroy. It is the image of the generations of passionate winegrowers that succeeded each other to create this Blanc de Noirs cuvée made entirely with black grapes, which is the reflection of the winery’s Premier Cru terroir.

Descendance has a luminous and fluid hue. The nose expresses character and some greediness revealed by notes of quince, blackcurrant, red apple, and almond. Then it develops aromas of fruits like plum, orange, mango, fig, or cherry. The palate is rich and fresh with creamy and polished bubbles. It reveals a fruity, pulpy, and crunchy structure highlighted by the acidity of pomelo and fleshy fruits. The whole is guided by the expression of our clay-limestone and clay sandy terroir, which gives it cleanness and fruity volume. The whole reveal of soft spice aromas with a touch of bitterness that gives palatability.

Pinot noir - Descendance

92 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Descendance

Descendance is the emblematic cuvée of Champagne Pointillart-Leroy. It is the image of the generations of passionate winegrowers that succeeded each other to create this Blanc de Noirs cuvée made entirely with black grapes and which is the reflection of the Premier Cru terroir of Écueil.

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - Foie gras with blackcurrant jelly and warm brioche toasts - Rack of veal and cooking juice made with cardamom DOSAGE Dosage made from a 7 g/l homemade liqueur. AVAILABLE IN Bottle - 37.5 cl and 75 cl

Descendance won a Gold medal along with “Best In Show By Regions Of France,” and “Best In Show By Country” at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Gros Manseng - Juliette

Château Clamens brings you a Gros Manseng “Juliette” - a Cuvee with intense yellow color with golden glints with aromas of citrus and exotic fruits. The palate of this wine is structured with freshness and sweetness.

Gros Manseng - Juliette

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Juliette

Juliette bagged a Gold medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Cabernet Franc - Louis Vallon Rosé

Louis Vallon Rosé by UG Bordeaux is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This wine is subtly sparkling and shows an elegant pink robe. Aromas are fruity, palate is round and deliciously scented.
For this wine, grape harvest is manually-operated and grapes are carried out to the pneumatic press using small openwork grape box. Each stage is aimed at limiting the grape oxidation in order to the flavors remain pure.

Cabernet Franc - Louis Vallon Rosé

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Louis Vallon Rosé

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - Louis Vallon Rosé will charm the palate as an aperitif as for dessert.

Louis Vallon Rosé bagged a Gold medal along with “Best In Show By Regions Of France” at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Chardonnay - Corps ET Esprit

Corps ET Esprit is 100% made with Chardonnay by Champagne Pointillart Leroy. Corps et esprit has a luminous hue, which is pale yellow in colour with silver-yellow highlights. The first nose is light and reveals iodised breezes, perfumes of acacia and fruity notes of lemon and blanched almond. Then, it expresses itself into a pastry registry with notes of fresh rose, yellow grapefruit and touches of white peach. In the palate, the bubbles are supple and fresh. It develops a fruity and pulpy structure supported by a vibrant lemon acidity. You will find again some cleanness in the middle palate guided by the sandy soil minerality that brings the wine a subtle saltiness, a crumbly texture and a long-lasting mouth. The whole is elegant and balances a mellow finish which is only spiced by a lemon-iodine duo that reminds the freshness of our terroir. 

Chardonnay - Corps ET Esprit

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Corps ET Esprit

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - “Fines de Claire'' oysters - Crab meat and basil espuma - Salmon gravlax - Poached bass and champagne sauce made with brown butter - Lobster tail roasted with lemon butter 

Corps ET Esprit won a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Le rosé de Jean-Mi

Le rosé de Jean-Mi by DE MOUR was encouraged by Jean-Michel's team. Jean-Michel has been the technical director of the estate and family wine since 1992.

Basically, Jean-Michel is not a fan of rosé but he made a rosé that looks like him, produced on their property bought in 2018: “Le Rosé de Jean-Mi”, which the family named after him.

After his long experiences in the vineyards of the world, Jean-Michel arrived in 1992 at Château Tour Baladoz, where he made every effort to raise the wine to the rank of the greatest of Saint-Emilion. Today he creates the rosé that resembles him: a fruity wine of pleasure and conviviality where freshness and length are the key words. In its luxury packaging with innovative stitching, the bottle plays with traditional codes and catches the eye.

Cabernet Sauvignon - Le rosé de Jean-Mi

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Le rosé de Jean-Mi

Fresh, fruity, gourmet and long, the Rosé de Jean-Mi is a real  wine of pleasure. This Bordeaux rosé stands out for its simplicity and accessibility. This allows us to associate the Rosé de Jean-Mi with moments of sharing and conviviality around simple dishes characteristic of the seasons of spring and summer.

Le rosé de Jean-Mi bagged a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Merlot - Château Prieuré de Blaignan

Château Prieuré de Blaignan is the second wine of Chateau Blaignan - part of a stable of prestigious Bordeaux chateaus. This wine is a clear, attractive red, with a fresh nose of forest berry characters & a freshness that's evocative of bilberry & red currant in. On the finish, it leaves supple tannins on the palate. This wine consists of 55% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Merlot - Château Prieuré de Blaignan

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Château Prieuré de Blaignan

Château Prieuré de Blaignan bagged a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Shiraz / Syrah - Cuvée Première

Cuvée Première by Domaine du Chat Blanc is an organic, elegant, authentic wine expressing the character of its terroir, in order to share good moments of conviviality with family and friends.

Domaine du Chat Blanc’s Cuvée Première comes from our old vines (50% Grenache and 50% Syrah). The winery produces a concentrated & fruity juice expressing the richness of the land and the care taken during cultivation, winemaking and aging.

Shiraz / Syrah - Cuvée Première

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Cuvée Première

Cuvée Première is garnet red colour, bold, deep purple highlights. NOSE : Aromatic, balanced, intense black fruit aromas, generous red fruit aromas, slight spice aromas, subtle liquorice aromas. PALATE : Fruity, generous, fine tannin, round tannin, smooth, good intensity, good length.

FOOD MATCHES : For the aperitif, Delicatessen meats, Red meats, White meats, Cheeses.

Cuvée Première bagged a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Garnatxa / Grenache - Vacqueyras

Vacqueyras by Famille Sadel is a blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. With an aging potential of 10-15 years, Vacqueyras from the Sadel Family reveals a brilliant and magnificent garnet-colored robe. Spicy aromas of ripe fruit, blackcurrant coulis and spices are revealed on the nose. On the palate, smooth and dense, this wine has flavors reminiscent of the delicious ripe fruit jams that grandmother used to prepare, its subtle spicy notes give it a much appreciated touch of character. Its very long finish is elegant with coated and velvety tannins.

"The faithful companion of red meats"

Garnatxa / Grenache - Vacqueyras

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Vacqueyras

Food / wine pairing : Form a perfect pair with the Garenne rabbit, duck breast and spices up cheese platters wonderfully. 

Vacqueyras is located south of the Dentelles de Montmirail, its grapes come from 4 hectares of old vines planted on a sandy clay-lime soil typical of the region. 

Vacqueyras bagged a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Négrette/ Pinot St. George - Caractères

Caractères by Château Clamens has a bright red colour accompanied by a distinctive nose reminiscent of prunes and pepper. On the palate, the aromas are clear and show a pleasant maturity. The finish is delicately woody and spicy. Aged in oak barrels.

Négrette/ Pinot St. George - Caractères

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Silver Medal Winner Wine: Caractères

Caractères bagged a Silver medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.


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