Around France in a day

04 March, 2011

The newest addition to the Les Vins Skalli portfolio, Corsican wine Domaine Terra Vecchia, will be on show. The range includes a white, red and rosé.?The stand will also include the new 2010 vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from the Couleurs du Sud range. The new vintages of the Caves Saint-Pierre wine range from the Rhône Valley will be available, including Côtes du Rhône red, white and rosé and Côtes du Rhône Vielles Vignes.

Dourthe will be showcasing its Bordeaux portfolio. Whites from 2010 include La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, Grands Terroirs and Château de Ricaud.  It will also launch a 2010 rosé from Château Pey la Tour. Current vintages will be available from Belgrave (5th Grand Cru Classé Haut-Médoc), Le Boscq (Cru Bourgeois Supérieur), La Garde (Pessac-Léognan) and Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac (St Emilion Grand Cru). ??Clink Wines will offer a range of wines from Domaine Coudoulet, including Viognier 2010, Chardonnay 2008 and 2010, Syrah 2009; and two new wines – Syrah/Carignan/Grenache/Mourvèdre 2006 under the Cuvée Jean-Yves label and a Syrah/Carignan 2008 under the Cuvée Camille name.?Clink label Le Beast will be introducing two new wines including Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Syrah/Grenache 2010. The brand is also launching a premium range from Minervois.

French Connection supplier Bottle Green will be pouring Premier Cru and Brut Rosé Champagnes, as well as Le Petiole and its established Palais des Anciens range. French Connection winemaker Nick Butler will be in attendance.

Guy Anderson Wines will be showing Nouvelle Saison Rosé 2010, a Vin de France intended to be drunk within months of release. The company is also showing new Beaujolais and Burgundy ranges from Maison François Martenot.

Bibendum will be also be focusing on Bordeaux and Burgundy. Bordeaux will be represented by André Lurton with two whites: Château Cruzeau 2008 (rrp £16.99) and Château Tour de Bonnet 2010 (rrp £9.99).

St Aubin producer Domaine Roux will lead the charge for Burgundy with four of its whites: St Aubin Argillers 2008, Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2009, Mâcon Villages 2009 and the Pouilly-Fuissé 2009, bottled under the Mathieu Roux label.

Boutinot will present a new Rhône range, Arc du Rhône, as well as promoting longstanding agencies Pierre Chainier from the Loire and Cave de Turckheim of Alsace.

Chalié Richards will be previewing its limited-edition Prince William Champagne, launched to celebrate this year’s royal wedding. Also on show will be new vintages from Cave de Viré in the Mâconnais, the 2009 vintage Beaujolais Crus from Domaine Cheysson and Cave de Fleurie, and the first of the 2010 Beaujolais from Cave de Bel Air.

Myliko will be unveiling a range of wines from Caves de Saint-Chinian and also presenting the latest vintages in its exclusive Les Combelles range from the Rhône Valley, Provence and Costières de Nîmes.??New to the Patriarche Wine Agencies line-up is Mandolio from Wine Way, the largest producer of Costières de Nîmes.

Also on show will be sparkling wines including Veuve du Vernay Brut NV and Rosé NV, Patriarche Père & Fils Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV and Champagne De Castelnau Blanc de Noirs Brut NV.

Stratford’s will be introducing Paul Mas Vermentino 2010 and Grenache Noir 2009, and unveiling two more Arrogant Frog wines: Lily Pad Viognier 2010 and Tutti Frutti Rosé 2010.

Highlights on the PLB tables will include Blason de Bourgogne Aligoté 2010 and Petit Chablis 2010, together with the new 2009 reds, such as Blason Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Blason Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. Also new is Vermentino Les Grains VdP 2010, from the Southern Rhône cooperative Marrenon, which will also supply ‘M’ Blanc VdP de la Méditerranée 2010, a higher-end Chardonnay/Viognier blend.??Stevens Garnier will focus on wines from Domaine Vacheron (Sancerre), Domaine Joël Delaunay (Touraine), Domaine Corsin (Mâcon), Domaine du Grapillon d’Or (Gigondas) and Domaine de la Présidente (southern Rhône).

Thierry’s will use one of its tables to showcase “rising stars” such as lower-alcohol pioneer Famille Pugibet from the Languedoc, and Le Cercle des Vignerons de Provence, the co-op formed in a merger between Cellier de Saint Louis and Les Vignerons des Caves de Provence.?The “tried and trusted” table will include Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Bouvet-Ladubay from the Loire and Caves de Bully/Quincié from Beaujolais.

Mentzendorff’s presentation will focus on Chapoutier, Domaine Chanson and the Loire’s Langlois-Château. Chapoutier’s contribution includes the 2007 Hermitage wines Chante-Alouette and Sizeranne, while Chanson will be showing new vintages of Savigny-Lès-Beaune Premier Cru Hauts Marconnets and Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru les Vergelesses. Langlois-Château’s

Crémant de Loire Brut NV and Rosé NV will be on show, along with a selection of still Saumur wines.??Dedicated Wines will show wines from six regions. Cellier des Dauphins provides 12 Rhône styles; Bordeaux is represented by petits châteaux under the Grand Plessis and Grand Place labels; and Chablis producer Louis Moreau will show four of his latest wines ranging from Petit Chablis to Chablis Premier Cru.

Mont Tauch, Fitou’s largest cooperative, will be showcasing the first vintage of wines from new head winemaker Jean-Philippe Trollet. These include the super-premium Terra Nostra, Fitou 2009 and the limited-production Icone Marselan 2009. Other highlights include the Les Garrigues Grande Réserve range, including Grande Réserve Grenache Noir, and the L’Ancien Comté range, including Grenache Blanc, IGP Vallée du Paradis 2010.??Les Producteurs & Vignerons de France will be showing sparkling Blanquette and Crémant de Limoux Brut and Rosé, and still varietal wines under the Growers in Sustainable Development collective trademark from Aimery Sieur d’Arques. It will also show Loire wines from Bougrier, and from Ravoire in the Rhône and Provence.

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