The University of Manchester Wine Club

Wednesday, 9th October, 2013 

 

SOME LESSER KNOWN WINES OF FRANCE

Presented by Bill Kitchingman

 

There are some 9,000 wines noted in the Hachette wine guide to the wines of France. Their 800 experts tasted 28,000 wines in order to choose these 9,000 best wines. The choice for wines is large and often excellent wines are found in obscure vineyards. Always sample the local vineyards when in France.  The best of these wines are to be found in the Vin de Pays.  I have tried to collect a few samples of these from from the 93 Vin de Pays noted in Hachettes guide.

 

White wines

 

1.

Cotes de Gascogne 2012, 11.5%, from the Hautes Garrone, SW France. Grapes used are a mixture of Ugni Blanc, Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc.  

 

2.

Cotes de Thongue 2010, 13.5%, from the Herault region, Mediterranian coast of SW France.  Grapes used are Marsanne,  Roussanne

 

 

Red Wines

     

3.   

Gaillac Comte de Peyrolles 2010, 12%, Vignerolles de Rabastens near Tolouse, SW France .     Grapes are 60% Duras, Fer, Syrah with some Cab Sauvignon, Franc, Merlot.  

 

4.   

Corbiere Chateau de Ville False 2011, 13.5%, from near Narbonne, Gulf  du Lyon.  Grapes are  60% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 10% Cinsault  

 

5.   

Coulet Rouge Cotes de Ventoux 2011, 13.5 %,  Tarn region, SW France near Albi.  Grapes are              Grenache, Syrah,  Cinsault,  Mouvedre 

 

6.   

Cote de Bourge 2012, 13%,  from South of Bordeaux. Grapes are Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc,  Merlot Malbec