Springtime in Paris...Well, France Anyway
A look at a few French wines Perfect for This Season
By Michael Gallo, CSW Store Manager, Total Wine & More
We have all become more familiar with French rosé wines in recent years. Those lovely French wines from Provence seem to be on everyone’s mind and table when temperatures start to rise. Beautiful Provence stretches across the southeast coast of France, from the Rhone toward Nice and the Italian border. Rosé is the region’s most widely produced wine. The picturesque rolling hills covered with lavender and herbs are also very hospitable to vines, which thrive in the sunny, breezy Mediterranean climate.
However, there are many other French wine regions to explore this season. Let’s take a brief look at two regions that will get springtime off to a great start. First, the Bordeaux region in southwest France, known for its well-structured and balanced red wines, also produces wonderfully crisp white wines. The appellation of Pessac-Leognan, just south of the city of Bordeaux, has a small portion of vineyards devoted to Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and other grapes for white wine production.
One of my favorites is Chateau Carbonnieux. Founded in the 13th century and one of the oldest estates in the region, this Chateau produces a beautiful example of white Bordeaux wine, featuring classic freshness of citrus fruits and acidity on the palate, wrapped up in structure and aging potential.
Another region to explore is the Loire Valley in central France, specifically Sancerre. Sancerre’s soils are similar to those of the Champagne and Chablis vineyards to the north and east of the Loire Valley. Sancerre is one of the best expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, producing dry and aromatic white wines, with citrus notes and brisk acidity in every glass. This spring, enjoy new and refreshing French wines beyond Rosé