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Exploring Winter Grape Varieties: A Plunge into the Enchanted World of Winter Wines



 

Winter, with its cool days and cosy evenings, creates a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy robust, warm wines. In France, renowned wine country, winter grape varieties bring a fascinating diversity to the table of wine lovers.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Power in the cold


Cabernet Sauvignon, famous for its full-bodied character and tannic structure, flourishes particularly well in winter. Native to the Bordeaux region, this grape variety flourishes in cooler temperatures, producing wines of exceptional depth. With aromas of blackcurrant, green pepper and subtle hints of mint, Cabernet Sauvignon offers a captivating taste experience for those looking for a robust wine to accompany their winter meals.


Wines selection :

- Veggie Red Bordeaux - Château Grand Jean

- Bordeaux supérieur - Château Grand Jean

- Madiran 'Aimé' 2004 - Domaine Pichard

 

Syrah: A Spicy Star in the Night


Syrah, also known as Shiraz in New World vineyards, is a grape variety that reveals all its splendour in winter. Native to the Rhône Valley, Syrah produces rich, spicy wines with notes of black pepper, wild berries and liquorice. These characteristics make it an ideal choice for hearty winter dishes such as stews, grilled meats and spicy dishes.


Wines selection :

- Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Tradition" - La Boutinière

- Côtes-du-Rhône "La Boutinière" - La Boutinière

- Côtes Catalanes 'Col Palomère' - Domaine Bellavista

- IGP Var "Mystère" - Domaine La Beyssannette

Merlot: The Comforting Sweetness


Merlot, a grape variety originally from Bordeaux, brings a comforting softness to winter evenings. With its aromas of ripe red fruit, plums and vanilla, Merlot creates a soft, pleasant sensory experience. It pairs perfectly with comforting dishes such as roast beef, pasta in sauce and mature cheeses.


Wines selection :

- Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux - Château du Vallier

- Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - Château Malineau

- Pomerol "Hermitage" - Château Enclos Haut Mazeyres

- Pomerol 'Héritage 1830' - Château Enclos Haut Mazeyres


Grenache: The Mediterranean Sunbeam


Grenache, emblematic of Mediterranean regions, shines brightly in winter. With notes of red fruit, cherries and hints of spice, Grenache brings a sunny touch to even the darkest days. This versatile grape pairs well with a variety of dishes, from Mediterranean fare to grilled meat dishes.


Wines selection :

- Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Grande Réserve' - La Boutinière

- Côtes du Rhône 'Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Boutin' - La Boutinière

- Côtes Catalanes 'Mont de la Calcine' - Domaine Bellavista

- Côtes de Provence rosé - Domaine La Beyssannette

 


Winter grape varieties offer a diverse palette of flavours that perfectly complement the atmosphere of the season. Whether you prefer the power of Cabernet Sauvignon, the spice of Syrah, the sweetness of Merlot or the warmth of Grenache, wines made from these varieties are sure to make your winter shine. So explore, taste and let yourself be carried away by the magic of French winter wines. Enjoy!

 


References :


-        Bordeaux rouge Veggie – Château Grand Jean

-        Bordeaux supérieur – Château Grand Jean

-        Madiran « Aimé » 2004 – Domaine Pichard

-        Châteauneuf-du-Pape « Tradition » - La Boutinière

-        Côtes-du-Rhône « La Boutinière » - La Boutinière

-        Côtes Catalanes « Col Palomère » - Domaine Bellavista

-        IGP Var « Mystère » - Domaine La Beyssannette

-        Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux – Château du Vallier

-        Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – Château Malineau

-        Pomerol « Hermitage » - Château Enclos Haut Mazeyres

-        Pomerol « Héritage 1830 » - Château Enclos Haut Mazeyres

-        Châteauneuf-du-Pape « Grande Réserve » - La Boutinière

-        Côtes Catalanes « Mont de la Calcine » - Domaine Bellavista

-        Côtes de Provence rosé – Domaine La Beyssannette

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