Category Archives: France

The Best Rosé Champagnes from our 2020 Champagne Report

Rosé Champagne is not just for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a great food wine—try it with pan-seared duck breast!  And, of course, it’s delightful to drink on its own. We tasted many rosés among the 250 Champagnes in our recently released … Continue reading

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Damien Martin’s Wines from the Mâconnais

Robert Martin founded this domaine in 1982 in the village of Davaye. His son Damien joined in 2010, allowing them to expand their holdings to 20 ha of vines in the heart of the Mâconnais. They have Chardonnay vineyards in … Continue reading

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Buy Champagne Now Before Tariffs Hit: Twelve Top Values

The price of Champagne continues its rise, and proposed 100% US tariffs could put it beyond the reach of most wine lovers. The smart consumer will stock up on Champagne now. To help you, we’ve identified a dozen extremely good … Continue reading

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Bruno Paillard’s Exquisite Champagnes

Bruno Paillard accomplished what many thought impossible—creating a new, prestigious Champagne house from scratch.  Champenois by birth, he had the advantage of a family history of growing grapes in Champagne, and he began by working in the Champagne wine trade. … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Champagne (Sillery) & Food

In this article, we report on our tasting of the wine and food of Thomas Jefferson with special focus on Champagne and the recipes Jefferson acquired while living in France. Our tasting included the Champagne from one of his favorite … Continue reading

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The Outstanding Low Dosage Champagnes of JM Sélèque

Founded in 1965 by Henri Sélèque in Pierry, a Premier Cru village in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay in the Vallée de la Marne, today JM Sélèque is one of the top producers of grower Champagne (récoltant-manipulant). Champagne in Pierry dates … Continue reading

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André Brunel’s Les Cailloux & Cuvée Centenaire from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Fabrice Brunel came to town recently, bringing with him his excellent, new releases from the Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  We paired them with the elegant cuisine of the French restaurant Convival in Washington DC.  We’ve long been fans of … Continue reading

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The Many Styles of French Rosé: The 2018 Vintage

France makes rosé wine almost anywhere it makes wine, including Bordeaux, Champagne, and the Loire. But Southern France and Provence, especially, is where most French rosé comes from.  French rosés vary greatly in style from the pale, perfumed ones of … Continue reading

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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New Sparkling Rosés from North America, Europe and South Africa

Sparkling rosé is made all over the world.  In this article, we review new releases from North America [California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia] and Europe [Austria, France] and South Africa. Sparkling rosés come from numerous grapes—almost … Continue reading

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