A country like no other is synonymous with fine wine. France is a dazzling collection of terroirs, styles and price points. Too many to mention, France is home to some of the most recognisable and loved wine regions in the world. Having defined and helped shape some of the finest wine regions in the world, it is undeniable that France’s influence extends far beyond its regional boundaries. While classic regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy or Champagne, amongst others, continue to be the standard-bearer of fine wine production, the country is also rediscovering some of its lesser-known regions. The recent success of Provence, the Loire or the South West, testifies to the diversity, richness and heritage of winemaking in France.
I returned many times to the charming Vosne-Romanée Aux Réas from AF Gros. I kept a glass on the side to see how it opened up over the evening – and it did so beautifully. The wine unfurled with red cherries, raspberries, undergrowth and forest floor, and a hint of the spice and smoke to come. Restrained right now but...more
Bottle 75cl £90.68
Powerful and deeply flavoured from old vines grown on rocky soils. On the nose, smoky redcurrant and sweet bramble fruit characters are followed by a palate bursting with refreshing strawberry and bright plum fruit flavours. Darker, deeper prune and sweet herb notes open up as the wine evolves in the glass, balanced by firm, perfectly integrated tannins and a lively,...more
Bottle 75cl £92.68