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Published on March 12, 2014

Author: JMcInerny



presentation to accompany 45 minute introduction to French wine

French wine in a flash Justin McInerny

France created the modern wine industry French wine in a flash

French wines are named for places not grapes (but not always) French wine in a flash

“TERROIR” Wine is an expression of a specific piece of earth, climate and soil French wine in a flash

WINE = FOOD wine is a component of a meal French wine in a flash

France’s Wine Regions • Bordeaux • Loire Valley • Burgundy • Champagne • Rhone Valley • Alsace • Languedoc-Rousillon • Southwest (Sud Ouest) • Jura • Savoie • Provence • Corsica

Bordeaux One of the world’s largest wine producing regions

Bordeaux 1% of the wine gets 99% of the attention

Bordeaux Lots of good Bordeaux sells for under $20

Bordeaux Reds – all blends  Cabernet Sauvignon  Merlot  Cabernet Franc  Petit Verdot  Malbec Whites – all blends  Sauvignon Blanc  Semillon  Muscadelle

Bordeaux Bisected by the Gironde River

Bordeaux Left bank = Cabernet Sauvignon based

Bordeaux Right bank = Merlot based

Loire Valley

Loire Valley Cold climate = austere and restrained

Loire Valley Wide variety of grapes and styles

Loire Valley GRAPE • Sauvignon Blanc • Sauvignon Blanc • Sauvignon Blanc • Sauvignon Blanc • Melon de Bourgogne • Chenin Blanc • Chenin Blanc REGION • Touraine (inexpensive) • Sancerre (pricey – yes!) • Quincy • Pouilly Fume • Muscadet • Vouvray • Saumur LOIRE VALLEY WHITES

Loire Valley GRAPE • Cabernet Franc • Cabernet Franc • Cabernet Franc • Pinot Noir • Pinot Noir • Malbec (Côt ) • Gamay REGION • Chinon • Bourgueil • St. Nicolas de Bourgueil • Touraine • Sancerre • Touraine blends • Anjou, Saumur LOIRE VALLEY REDS

Burgundy Status Rivals Bordeaux

Burgundy Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir

Burgundy White Burgundy is Chardonnay

Burgundy Long name = $$$$$

Burgundy Short name = Not so spendy

Burgundy Lower priced red Burgundy = Bourgogne Rouge

Burgundy Lower priced white Burgundy = • Mâcon anything • Petit Chablis • Bourgogne Blanc

Burgundy White Burgundy • dry • light • citrus • mineral • cream

Burgundy Red Burgundy • light • cranberry • raspberry • cinnamon

Rhone Valley



Rhone Valley RED “GSM” • Grenache • Syrah • Mourvedre OTHER • Cinsault • Carrignan • Counoise • Clairette rouge WHITE • Roussanne • Marsanne • Viognier • Grenache blanc • Clairette blanc

Rhone Valley MAJOR REGIONS OF THE SOUTHERN RHONE • Chateau Neuf du Pape (The Pope’s New Castle) • Gigondas • Vacqueyras • Rasteu • Lirac • Luberon • Costières de Nîmes • Cotes du Rhone Villages • Cotes du Rhone

Rhone Valley MAJOR REGIONS OF THENORTHERN RHONE NOT AS MUCH BLENDING • Condrieau - Viognier • Côte-Rôtie - Syrah • Hermitage - Syrah • Crozes Hermitage - Syrah • St. Joseph - Syrah • Cornas - Syrah


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