Languedoc wine star Gérard Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier.
An exciting château and vineyard renovation in Burgundy reveals tales of forgotten bottles of Pommard, Thomas Jefferson visits, a luxury hotel and sheep in the biodynamic vineyards.
I’ve had the opportunity to cover several aspects of biodynamic and organic winemaking recently on Forbes. I try to cover biodynamics as much as I can, and I’d like to be sure readers of L’Occasion know these stories are available. Thanks for reading, here or at Forbes, and for sharing your stories with me. Alois…
Champagne André Jacquart, under the lead of Doyard, represents a modern-style of Champagne de Vigneron.
Like any other wine region, simply covering “Provence” isn’t adequate. To remedy this blanket thinking, we’ll dive into a very unique appellation: Bellet.
The SAUREL family runs a completely biodynamic shop. “Our farm evolved progressively towards farming which respects more and more the environment, the vines, the land and the quality of our wines,” says the family.
Eight French regions have achieved an appellation to produce crémant. Over half of crémant is produced in Alsace; the rest comes from Bourgogne (Burgundy), Limoux, the Loire, Jura, Savoie, Die and Bordeaux.
If you’ve ever paused with concern about what to serve at Thanksgiving, I’m here to relieve your fears. I’ve tasted a number of excellent wines over the past months that will be lovely with your dinner.
The Hospices de Beaune estate (most of it Grand Cru and Premier Cru) and its prestigious wines produced by 22 hand-chosen winemakers are utterly famous. The wines are sold annually at auction on the third Saturday of November in an event conducted by Christie’s auction house.
Though Lirac was officially recognized as such in the 1940s, the area has been known for quality vineyards since the middle ages, famous for fresh, aromatic and structured wines.
I’ve recently written about two extraordinary travel opportunities for lovers of French wine. Both dive deep into culture and experience while keeping wine front and center.
Château Lamartine Prestige du Malbec, 2014 is grown on soils comprised of 60% clay-limestone, 20% silex (flinty) clay and 20% limestone by Alain Gayraud, who was born in the château.
Cahors is home to the original malbec. One of the oldest wine regions in France, this relatively small spot is situated along the Lot River in Occitanie. Curious to learn more? Follow the Winophiles Twitter chat on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with our hashtag: #Winophiles.
The September event for our French Winophiles group centers around the region of Cahors.
This designation is Récoltant Manipulant or Champagne de Vigneron — also, Farmer Fizz or simply, grower Champagne. In this model, the winemaker has control over how the grapes are grown and harvested.