Category Archives: France

Cristal Champagne Through the Ages

We recently dusted off one of those special bottles in our cellar and opened it on an equally special occasion—a dinner with friends of fresh oysters, osso buco, and risotto milanese. That bottle was the Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Champagne, … Continue reading

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Tavel: The Rosé of Kings

The “Rosé of Kings”, Tavel has been the world’s most famous producer of rosé for over 200 years, although wine has been made here since Roman times.  It is said that Tavel was the favorite wine of King Philippe IV, … Continue reading

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Champagne Barons de Rothschild: Current Releases

With its lengthy and lofty heritage in Bordeaux, the Rothschild name conveys excellence in wine. But in Champagne where many of the houses are centuries old, it’s a relative newcomer. Although they’re new producers, the Rothschilds are not without prior connections … Continue reading

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Department 66-New Releases from the Côtes Catalanes

These are attractive bistro style wines produced by the Department 66 winery in the Southwest corner of France . The winery, established by Napa Valley winemaker Dave Phinney, is located in Department 66, which serves as the inspiration and namesake … Continue reading

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Champagnes & Sparkling Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

Champagne and sparkling wines are especially popular during the Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the new year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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The Provence Rosés of Château de Roquefeuille

Château Roquefeuille is one Provence’s larger wine estates focused on producing high quality rosé.  Located in the heart of Provence just 30 km east of Aix-en-Provence, it consists of 202 hectares of clay and limestone soils planted to vines and … Continue reading

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Michel Chapoutier’s Domaine Bila-Haut in Roussillon: Current Releases

Michel Chapoutier is best known for his Rhone Valley wines, but he also puts his stamp of excellence on Roussillon with his Domaine Bila-Haut, a which he purchased in 1999.  Thanks to Jane Kettlewell of Creative Palate Communications and HB … Continue reading

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Champagne: New Reviews of Top Producers

Champagne remains the gold standard for sparkling wines. We’ve written about it extensively over the years, including Report #34 Champagne Revisited, Report #40 Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine, and in several iwinereview.com articles.  We continue to taste Champagne on a … Continue reading

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Beaujolais Climat Wines from Moulin-à-Vent: New Releases

Moulin-à-Vent is the most famous wine growing region of Beaujolais. Last month we traveled to Beaujolais to participate in a tasting of the current releases, including wines made from specific geographic areas called climats in addition to Moulin-à-Vent blends. These … Continue reading

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Current Releases of the Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent

Last month we traveled to Beaujolais to taste the new releases from the Moulin-à-Vent Grand Cru. While there we visited the Chateau du Moulin-à-Vent, which is named after the iconic windmill that sits adjacent to its vineyard. We tasted their … Continue reading

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