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Bringing You Award-Winning French Wines To Tempt Your Taste Buds

24/08/2020

We bring you these highly recommended French Wines by some of the leading trade buyers of France on the basis of Quality, Value for Money, and Packaging, in the 2020 Paris Wine Cup.

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You would know that the world of French wine is quite vast. If you are even thinking of learning every aspect of it, you’d need an entire wine shop, and a lifetime as well. 

Though the world of French wine is endlessly fascinating, here we are going to talk about the wines that the trade buyers of France highly recommend on the basis of Quality, Value for Money, and Packaging.

Descendance

Descendance is the emblematic cuvée of Champagne Pointillart Leroy.

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.

Descendance

92 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Champagne Pointillart Leroy Descendance

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.

Descendance Extra Brut

Descendance Extra Brut by Champagne Pointillart Leroy has a luminous and fluid hue, which is pale straw-yellow in color with pale yellow highlights. The light nose is both floral and fruity and evokes notes of iodine, fresh rose, blackcurrant, red apple, and biscuit. The aeration allows us to reveal notes of raspberry, orange blossom, and fresh apricot.

The palate of Descendance Extra Brut is supple and fresh with creamy and polished bubbles. It makes appear a fruity, pulpy, and crunchy structure highlighted by the acidity of the pomelo. Our clay-limestone and clay-sandy terroir is fully expressed and bring cleanness, fruity volume, saltiness, and a long-lasting mouth. The whole is refined and shows the freshness of our terroir and of our grape varieties, by revealing an elegant, pulpy, salted and iodized finish. 

Descendance Extra Brut

91 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Champagne Pointillart Leroy Descendance Extra Brut

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - Scallops with an emulsion of green apple and passion fruits. Fried noodles with shrimps and vegetables cooked with soy sauce. Roasted turbot with preserved lemon and Sichuan pepper served with shells marinière and orange foam. Duck aiguillettes and celery mousseline with orange jelly.

Descendance Extra Brut grabbed a Gold medal at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

L’Ode à la Joie

L’Ode à la Joie is the poetic cuvée of Champagne Pointillart Leroy. Reflection of the eternal friendship between André Leroy and Aloïs Felten during World War 2, L’Ode à la Joie represents the union of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a vintage cuvée that evokes fraternity and love between mankind.

BLENDING - 50 % made with Pinot Noir 50 % made with Chardonnay 100 % made with 2011 first pressing Partial malolactic fermentation Our vintage wine L’Ode à la Joie, has a luminous, satiny and rather fluid hue, which is of strong pale-yellow in color with lemon yellow highlights. 

The first nose is subtle, candied, and spicy and evokes notes of pear, grapes, quince, sweet almond, and black pepper. During the aeration, “L’Ode à la Joie” reveals notes of honey, red fruits, plum, and cooked apple.

L’Ode à la Joie

91 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Champagne Pointillart Leroy L’Ode à la Joie

As the nose announced, the palate brings creamy, supple, and fresh bubbles. It develops a fruity, pulpy, and crunchy structure highlighted by the acidity of the lemon. The clay-sandy minerality shows cleanness, fruity volume, subtle saltiness, and a long-lasting mouth. The dosage of the whole is made with care and creates a concentrated and full-bodied champagne that gives way to a full and spicy finish with character.

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - Braised turbot fillet and shells cooked with herbs, Grilled red mullet cooked with olive oil and shallot crispy, Foie gras in chicken stock with sweet onions, Pigeon supreme and root-vegetables pot-au-feu.

L’Ode à la Joie bagged a Gold medal along with “Best Wine By Package” at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

Juliette

Château Clamens brings you 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.

Juliette

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Château Clamens Juliette

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

Louis Vallon Rosé

Produced by UG Bordeaux, This effervescent wine is elaborated according to very strict rules, using the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape variety.  The vineyard is located approximately 80 km south-east of the city of Bordeaux and is one of the largest wine-growing sectors in Bordeaux. The territory is delimited to the south by the Garonne and to the north by the Dordogne and constitutes an exceptional terroir ideal for growing vines.

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.

Louis Vallon Rosé has two blends - Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Different development stages following the Traditional method : pressing, first fermentation, second fermentation in the bottle, maturing, riddling, disgorging and titration.

During 9 months at least, bottles are stored horizontally on the lees. The maturing can last 24 months depending on the desired product. During all the ageing period, the wine acquires organoleptic characteristics, by the  disappearance and the uprising of aromas.

Louis Vallon Rosé

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: UG Bordeaux Louis Vallon Rose

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING - Louis Vallon Rosé will charm the palates 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.

2017 Meursault

2017 Meursault by Château de Pommard (Famille Carabello-Baum) shows intense aromas of fresh yellow flowers, chamomile, lemon, and pear, along with hints of wet stones. The palate confirms these notes and reveals flavors of butter, cream, vanilla, and lemon zest. The body is full, with a generous, creamy texture on the palate. Made for gastronomy, 2017 Meursault has a salivating long finish and good aging potential.

Meursault’s soils are rich with limestone deposits, a perfect fit for an aromatic and balanced Chardonnay with long aging potential. Famous since the Middle Ages, the appellation carries a solid reputation for high-quality, generous yet very subtle white wines around the world.

2017 Meursault

90 Points

Gold Medal Winner Wine: Château de Pommard 2017 Meuersault

“Perhaps Nature’s sign that she appreciates our efforts is the increased presence of wildlife among the vines. Producing better tasting wines and preserving the world all of us depend upon is a powerful idea whose time has come”  MICHAEL BAUM - CEO & PROPRIÉTAIRE.

2017 Meursault won a Gold medal along with “Best In Show By Regions Of France,” and “Best In Show By Varietal” at the 2020 Paris Wine Cup held at Les Salons Hoche, Paris on 29th June 2020.

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