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5 French Wines to Sip on This Holiday Season

11/12/2019

Here is a must-have list of five French wines to try this holiday season.

German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach once said, “Happiness like a fine wine should be savored sip by sip,” and all the wine lovers would agree to that.

The holiday season has already begun and so has the wine wish lists all around the world. No country is more synonymous with wine than France & a good glass of French wine is something that more than just the French themselves crave. So, our wine specialists have curated a rundown of 5 French wines that you can’t say no to! If you are a retailer or a bar owner wondering which wines to put on the shelves, here are 5 French wines to try this holiday season.

  1. Laurent Gerra by Château Sainte Croix

A delicate blend between 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, Laurent Gerra by Château Sainte Croix brings a lot of elegance and complexity to the mouth. Ideal for a gift or for a mischievous wink to the artist, this promising vintage seduced the humourist Laurent Gerra and rosé wines lovers.

Laurent Gerra by Château Sainte Croix is original and offbeat. This vintage goes with humor and fun around a good table, either as an aperitif or throughout your meal.

The winery, Château Sainte Croix in Carcès is a wine estate in the Var that combines quality terroir and exceptional Côtes de Provence wines.


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  1. Domaine Serre Besson by Domaine Serre Besson - Poor Devil Wines

Serre Besson, a blend of 51% Grenache Noir, 34% Syrah, 7% Cinsault, 6% Mourvèdre, 2% Carignan is aged in 400-liter oak barrels. The precise use of oak barrels surrounds the taste and aromas of this wine but that doesn’t occlude the berry fruits, fennel, and rosemary.

Serre Besson by Domaine Serre Besson - Poor Devil Wines is medium-bodied, really upright and uplifting aerial. The acidity is piercing, and the freshness is palpable. So elegant and drinkable, Serre Besson is just a joy to try this holiday season.

The Domaine Serre Besson, facing the Mont Ventoux, is situated between two ravines with numerous natural springs well protected by forest to the North. The majority of the Syrah at Domaine Serre Besson is planted high on the hillside abutting the forest with other parcels of Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Carignan lower on the slope.


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  1. Mas Aguilem by Clos Aguilem

Created in Languedoc-Roussillon of France, Mas Aguilem by Clos Aguilem is a white wine with a blend of Chenin, Grenache blanc. This wine has a delicate nose with toasted notes and intense fruit which opens clearly to aeration. The palate of this wine is balanced between Chenin (freshness) and Grenache Blanc (volume). Maturing underwood of this wine brings structure and vanilla notes and brioches notes with a long and clean finish.

The winery, Clos Aguilem has Mediterranean heat, the freshness of the Tramontane, the humidity of the foothills of Larzac, the reworked soil of a valley filled by marine transgressions, the contributions of the Hérault river, and the grape varieties of the South of France.

  1. Perle Rosée by Champagne Alexandre Bonnet

Perle Rosée by Champagne Alexandre Bonnet is 100% Pinot Noir with a sweet and sensible character that doesn’t go unnoticed.  With its intense pink color and purple highlights, this wine is delightful and light.

Perle Rosée goes best with turf food like roasted guinea fowl with figs, fromage frais in its draining basket with a red berry coulis. It also goes best with sweets like puffed pancakes with raspberries and almonds, strawberry jelly charlotte. This wine is ideal for a cocktail party, and that is why it is in the list of 5 French wines to try this holiday season.

The history of the Champagne Alexandre Bonnet House goes back a long way in the stunning village of Les Riceys. With three Appellations d’origine contrôlée (controlled designation of origin), the place is unique in the world of winemaking. Its 2,086 acres of vineyards make it the largest wine-producing district in the Champagne region.

  1. Blanc de Noirs by Champagne Alexandre Bonnet

With 100% Pinot Noir, Blanc de Noirs is made from hand-picked grapes from the vineyards of the Champagne Alexandre Bonnet House in Les Riceys.

The character of Blanc de Noirs is rich, hearty and meaningful. The color of this wine shows highlights of gold. The bubbles of Blanc de Noirs are very fine and long-lasting. The nose of this wine is fresh and intense with tasty hints of gooseberry, morello cherry and fresh quince. Blanc de Noirs is dense and spicy on the palate with typical notes of  Côte des Bar Pinots. What makes this wine more authentic is a very strict selection of the grapes.

Blanc de Noirs goes best with seafood like fresh salmon verrine with Champagne, langoustine bouchée, trout with almonds. It also goes great with turf food like Catalan-style blanquette of veal, capon in a salt crust, fillet of beef with chestnuts.

Blanc de Noirs goes perfectly with a meal but it can also be enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink.

The history of the Champagne Alexandre Bonnet House goes back a long way in the stunning village of Les Riceys. With three Appellations d’origine contrôlée (controlled designation of origin), the place is unique in the world of winemaking. Its 2,086 acres of vineyards make it the largest wine-producing district in the Champagne region.