France ups its game

05 March, 2010

The ninth France Under One Roof promises more exhibitors than ever, according to event organisers Hunt & Coady.

As well as 20% more exhibitors than 2009, this year will also feature several first?-time exhibitors such as Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Inter Loire, Cellier de L’Enclave des Papes and Murray Family Vineyards.

Also new for this year will be the first tutored wine tasting and seminar at FUOR. Sarah Jane Evans MW will be looking at French sparklers – for more details contact Gersende Pommery on 020 7312 3602 or

The Snapshot Tasting is returning, with approximately 80 wines aiming to illustrate the best available for both value and quality at £6-plus.

Thierry’s is focusing on co-ops this year. Dominique Vrigneau, buying director, says: “The co-operatives were traditionally viewed as the poor relation, producing low?-quality, high?-volume, slightly rustic wines, but over the past few years they have come on in leaps and bounds. The wines they produce now are far more sophisticated and quality control is high, with many excellent wines available at all price points.”??Val d’Orbieu, the Languedoc’s largest co-op, will be showing the Mythique Languedoc trio of Grenache-based blends (white, rosé and red), as well as the new Réserve St Martin Chardonnay.

Vinovalie, the largest union of co-ops in the south? west, will be showing one of the world’s oldest wine brands, named after the god of thunder – Tarani Sauvignon Blanc – as well as a Fronton AOP Rosé (N?égrette/Cabernet Franc/Syrah blend), Cahors AOP and Gaillac AOP (Braucol/Syrah/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend).

Caves de Bully/Quincié will be showing Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages and Fleurie.

Mont Tauch is launching three new ranges – Mont Tauch, Vins Doux Naturels and Les Garrigues Grande Réserve and will be introducing a new Fitou as an extension to the

e Village du Sud range.

Burgundy house Antonin Rodet, the latest addition to the Thierry’s stable, will be showing a selection of wines from Château de Rully and Château de Mercey.

Skalli celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and will be focusing on the classic Caves Saint?-Pierre range from the Rhône? (rrp £6.99?-£29.99), with its new, more consumer-oriented packaging?. The Couleurs du Sud (rrp £5.99-£6.99) has also had a revamp to make it more consumer? friendly.

Languedoc’s Gérard Bertrand will be showing the new Art de Vivre range, available in six Languedoc AOCs – Corbières, Minervois, St Chinian, Picpoul de Pinet, Fitou and Languedoc Rouge and Rosé. The range is targeted at the multiple retailers and has an rrp of £8.99.

Chamarré will show its environmentally? friendly Issoria AOC Côteaux d’Aix en Provence range which includes a red, rosé and white made with organic grapes. The wines use a synthetic glass bottle which is 100% recyclable, lightweight? and unbreakable with low CO² emissions.

Producta will be launching a major new umbrella range, Baron de Bordeaux.

Julian Baker Fine Wines will be presenting new labels from Champagne H? Blin, and the latest vintages from Jean-Marc Brocard (Chablis), Château de Tracy (Pouilly-Fumé), Domaine Bersan et Fils (?northern Burgundy), Domaine Paul Blanck (Alsace), Château du Basty (Beaujolais-Villages) and Domaine Gérard et Hubert Thirot (Sancerre).

Bordeaux wine merchant Barton & Guestier will present its first premium organic wine range: Originel Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley and Originel Merlot from Languedoc?-Roussillon (Herault), rrp £7.99.

Maison Louis Jadot will be showcasing a large selection of Burgundy wines from its 150-strong portfolio. The selection will include some limited-?availability Côte d’Or parcel wines and the team from Hatch Mansfield, the sole UK agents for Louis Jadot, will be on hand to take visitors through the wines, along with Louis Jadot’s Frederic Monnery.

Bottle Green will be show?ing the re

aunched varietal range under the new Vins de France classification and the award-winning Classics wines from French Connection, plus Le Petiole.

Guy Anderson Wines will showcase 10% abv wines from Silver Coast “Naturally Lighter?” and new Rhône cru range from Gabriel Meffre. New partners Ackerman (Loire) and François Martenot (Burgundy) will also feature.

From Beauvalière, Chalié Richards will be launching organic wine C?ôtes du Ventoux Rouge 2008 Biodynamique and Marselan Vin de Pays Mediterrannée, together with two new domaines from the Loire Sancerre Domaine Millet and Pouilly?-Fumé Domaine Fontenille. ??There will be some new additions to the Domaines Paul Mas portfolio, with extensions to the Arrogant Frog and La Forge Estate ranges, as well as Mas de Mas – two new premium AOC wines.

PLB will have the new south of France additions to the Real Rosé Company range on taste and Languedoc-based Lorgeril will showcase new wines from its flagship Château de Pennautier estate, and also its recently acquired Château de Ciffre and Mas de Montagnes properties.

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