In the world of wine, the French will
invariably tell you that they did it first. But when it comes to Malbec wine,
there’s no argument - they did! So when World Malbec Day rolls around
on 17 April, give credit where credit is due. Rather than breaking out the
empanadas and gaucho boots - and going all Argentinean, lift a glass to those
who did Malbec first, the French - and who are in a class of their own. Malbec’s traditional heartland is in the south
west of France in Cahors where it is known as the Black Wine of Cahors. The city of Cahors (above) sits on a bend of the Lot river which snakes through this stunning region. Although historically one of the six grapes
allowed for blending red Bordeaux, further south west in Cahors, Malbec reigns
supreme. It is the dominant red varietal where the region’sappellation controlee
calls for a minimum of 70% Malbec in its reds. Says The Guardian (UK):
"Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless
For the past few years the Rosé Revolution has crashed through to see Australians blissfully embrace rosé wine by the chilled, pink, bucket load. Even in France, white wine consumption now comes second to rosé and in particular from Provence in the South of France, the traditional home of rosé. The sunny wine of the South of France and the sunny lifestyle of beach hugging Australians are simpatico. Aussie sun, seafood, BBQ and a crisp refreshing Provençal rosé...can it get much better? Well, it can! For heightened indulgence, there is the lip-smacking inner sanctum of Provençal wines that come from the Bandol region perched on the glittering Mediterranean coast.
West of Toulon, near the coast east of Marseille and Cassis, the Bandol wine region boasts sun baked, south-facing hills surrounding the fishing village of Bandol. Here the region’s three classic grapes mourvèdre, cinsault and grenache soak up some 320 days of sun a year.
Mourvèdre (a.k.a mataro or monastrell) is the mainstay gr…
THIS WEEK’S WINE REVIEW: CHAMPAGNE JEEPER GRAND ASSEMBLAGE BRUT: Interestingly, Champagne Jeeper is actually named after the WILLY’S JEEP that the American soldiers gave French resistance fighter Arnoud Goutorbe, who had lost a leg during the war. Goutorbe’s family had been growing grapes in the area for generations, and so the gift of the Jeep meant that he could still tend to his vineyards. Years later when the family launched its own brand, rather than supplying the grapes to one of the big houses, it seemed natural to name the wine after the thing that made it possible – the Jeep, hence Champagne Jeeper. Oh! Wow!…
Some sommeliers are telling us the demand for Beaujolais wine has taken off recently. They are not referring to cheaper Beaujolais nouveau but more quality Beaujolais-Villages and cru Beaujolais (explained below). Beaujolais Nouveau is a very light and fruity style, whereby the Gamay grapes are fermented only for a few months and then bottled and shipped. This is the style popularised in the 80s and like "big hair" and shoulder pads its one fad that may or may not return!
The Beaujolais region is a small region south of Burgundy and north of the Rhone. The vast majority of the production is red wine made from Gamay. A small amount of white and rosé is made also.
According to InterBeaujolais, the region's professional organisation, Beaujolais is now the second biggest wine export region in France after Champagne. (48% of Beaujolais is exported so I think they must mean that this is the second highest proportion of wine exported from a region as surely the larger appellation…
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Many of us look forward to a glass or two of bubbles with friends and family over Christmas. This one is fantastic. Its being poured in some great restaurants in Australia and around the world. Its well-priced enough to pour a glass for your family (well maybe!) By the bottle its $54 or $49 in a six pack.
Rosé We are thrilled to see the rise and rise of dry rosé. Rosé sales now exceed white wine in France, and it has really taken off in Australia in the last few years. We have 4 lovely rosé wines.