Tricks for ageing wine
« Time will kill a wine but is also necessary to make it great ! » Therefore, what is happening inside a bottle of wine during a long stay in the darkness of a wine cellar? Interaction between oxygen and wine is key to understand wine ageing. As Benjamin Wallace says in his great book « Billionnaire’s vinegar » : « Simple […]Read more
Champagne vintage specificity
How to choose wine glasses?
A huge range of wine glasses exist : different shapes and different sizes. They have a major impact in how wine tastes. Therefore, choosing the appropriate glass will enhance your drinking experience. You will find here some advice to help you choose the correct glass. Sparkling wines: They are best served in flute glasses. The long […]Read more
Meaning of Cru on French labels
While reading French Wine labels, you might come across with particular words or notations of major importance. For instance Premier Cru or Grand Cru. So what does Cru mean? In the following video, we explain the meaning of the word “Cru“. This word mostly appears on labels of Burgundy, Alsace or Bordeaux wines. Cheers!Read more
Understanding Rosé Champagne
Now in mid-July, Rosé wine is everywhere on restaurant tables and storefronts in Paris. Rosé is increasingly fashionable and represents more than 25 % of the total wine sales in France. France is the first market for Rosé wines but this fashion is also extending everywhere in the world and Rosé Champagne is following this […]Read more
How to choose your wine in a French restaurant
In most French restaurants, the wine list is categorised by French wine regions : the Loire valley, Burgundy, the Rhône valley, Bordeaux etc… Depending on the kind and style of wine you are looking for, knowing the basics of these different regions would be a great help. You will find below a few situations you might come […]Read more
Do the French know foreign wines?
When in France, you might visit one or several wine shops, called “cavistes” in French, and buy a few bottles to enjoy back home. There, you will find wines from all the different French wine regions. You might also notice that the wine selection is at least 95% French! The remaining 5% is usually split over a few countries : […]Read more
The 3 essential French dessert wines
The French don’t drink a lot of dessert wines. Some people like them as an « apéritif » before starting Lunch or dinner, or for special occasions : a great way to pair the traditional foie gras, for Christmas or New Year’s eve. Therefore, the word « dessert » is maybe not the most appropriate […]Read more
Have you ever heard about the Bordeaux Primeurs sale? This event occurs every year and is an important moment in the annual wine business calendar for Bordeaux wines. The Primeurs sale is the commercialisation of Bordeaux « Grands Crus » wines, five or six months after the time of the last harvest. The wines bought are […]Read more