Tag Archives: France

Regional Profile: Beaujolais

Where: About 75 miles south of the city of Beaune, Beaujolais caps the southern end of France’s Burgundy region.   What: Classic Gamay with climbing quality. For a while, Beaujolais had an oversimplified reputation. Quantity trumped quality in many parts, … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Jura

Where: East of the Burgundy region in France, pushed right up against the border with Switzerland. Heard of the Jurassic era? It’s actually named after the Jura region, because its limestone soils were first studied in this neck of the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chablis

Where: Two hours southeast of Paris on the A6 autoroute, this is the northernmost sub-region of Burgundy.    What: A one-of-a-kind wine region known for three specific things: a chilly climate, chalky limestone-and-clay soil, and 100% Chardonnay. This unique combination … Continue reading

Grape Files: Carmenère

Color: Red   Grown in: Chile; Veneto, Trentino, Friuli (Italy); Bordeaux (France)   Profile: Once one of the grapes of Bordeaux, Carmenère is now virtually extinct in France. However, it’s made a great new name for itself halfway around the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chinon

Where: In the middle of the Loire Valley, within the greater region of Touraine. Chinon rests in a corner between the Loire River (to its north) and the tributary River Vienne (to its south).   What: Prime time for Cabernet Franc … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sancerre

Where: In the easternmost section of France’s Loire Valley, eyeing Pouilly-Fumé directly across the River Loire. Chablis is roughly a two-hour drive northeast, while Paris is about two and a half hours due north.   What: This is France’s hallowed … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Clos Roche Blanche

Who: Clos Roche Blanche   What: Free-Thinking Radical, Dedicated to the Dirt   Where: Touraine (Loire Valley, France)   Why: Because Clos Roche Blanche’s winemaker Didier Barrouillet will come right out and tell you that he thinks the concept of … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Côte de Nuits

Where: The northern half of the Côte d’Or — or “Slope of Gold”… a.k.a. the most feverishly adored section of France’s Burgundy region, which runs roughly north to south from the town of Dijon to Lyon.   What: Achingly beautiful … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Côte de Beaune

Where: The southern half of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or — or “Slope of Gold”… a.k.a. the most feverishly adored section of France’s Burgundy region, which runs roughly north to south from the town of Dijon to Lyon.   What: This is … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Champagne

Where: Northeast of Paris, France, centered around the towns of Reims and Épernay, bisected by the River Marne.   What: Home of the most famous sparkling wines in the world. It’s cold up here — this is the most northerly … Continue reading