We look forward to the race but more so the fantastic scenery and television coverage. And the cows (more on that below)! We have put together a tasting pack which gives you the chance to try 6 wines as the peleton races through the south-west and the Pyrenees in the second week.
It has been well received -look what Ben Knight of Ben and Wine, had to say....."What a great selection, awesome value too. Madiran the standout, but the sweeties with the cheese were fantastic. I heartily recommend this to any and all."
We couldn't agree more!!
The wines are sourced from vineyards in the Pyrenees and the South West of France - regions that the 2011 Tour de France will be passing through.
Of course there is no need to stick rigidly to a certain wine on a certain stage but we have provided some suggestions and background information. These wines can be consumed any time!
Follow us on twitter @discovervin or on Facebook DiscoverVin Wines for updates. Join our peleton on the collective ride over the pyrenees!
And of course, please follow our friends Les Vaches de Tour for an amusing perspective on the tour including some hints on cheeses!
Stage 12 and 13- Bergerac and Cahors
Wine 1-Domaine de Lagrezette Zette Rouge 2005, 750 ml, $14.99-modern malbec from Cahors- for fun.
Wine 2- Chateau La Rayre Bergerac Rosé 2009, 750 ml, $16.99 -one of our best sellers. Made from Merlot and Cab Sauv. Drink chilled, turn up the heating and imagine being in the sundrenhed French countryside in mid-summer!
Stage 14 and 15-Madiran and Jurançon
Wine 3-Domaine du Crampilh - Madiran Vignes Vielles 2006 $28.99, 750 ml-Big fruit, great tannin, balance and structure-award winning wine made from tannat grapes.
Wine 4-Domaine du Crampilh - Pacheranc Moelleux Cuvée Celeste, 2007, 500ml $25.99 - the name is a mouthful and so is the fruit in this wine. A delicious not too sweet dessert wine-no wonder the French have tried to keep this to themselves!
Wine 5- Château Jolys Jurançon Sec 2009, 750 ml, $17.99 -One of our best sellers-Drink of the Week Sunday Herald Melbourne 15th May 2011- delightful unwooded Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng
Wine 6-Domaine Bellegarde-Jurançon Moelleux “Selection Tradition” 2008, 375ml, $10.99- The sweet wines of Jurançon are amongst the great sweet/dessert wines of the world and great value for money. This is an excellent example- luscious complex fruit, balance, length and not too sweet on the finish.