Taste the Tour 6 Pack 2016 - make further savings when you buy 2!
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Okay - so le tour is over for another year, but why not relive it through wines from some of the regions that the race passed through! (To be honest, we don't want to unpack the remaining boxes, so we are offering these delicious wine packs at a fantastic price!!)
It’s that time of year again! It's time to enjoy the legendary Tour de France.
Enjoy the sights of the racing and the stunning scenery, whilst enjoying a selection of French wine.
The wines in this 6 pack are sourced from vineyards in the Loire, Cahors (the home of Malbec), Madiran in South West France, Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the Rhone Valley.
They represent good value for money and are a great introduction to DiscoverVin’s wines.
And all at a fraction of the price of a ticket to France!
Here is the list of wines, as matched with some of this year’s Tour stages. Of course you don't have to drink the wines at each stage - just enjoy them before, during or after the tour! Serving suggestions and stage information will be included with the pack.
|Domaine Villebois Touraine 100% Sauvignon Blanc 2014||$34.90|
|Château Jolys, Jurançon Sec, 2014||$29.00|
|Domaine du Crampilh Vignes Vieilles Madiran 2009||$38.40|
|Château Haut Monplaisir Prestige Cahors Malbec 2006||$35.00|
|Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhone Rouge 2014||$28.00|
|Domaine Bellegarde, Cuvee Thibault, Late Harvest dessert wine, 2009||$36.00|
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Stage 4: Loire
Tuesday, July 5th - Saumur/Limoges (237.5km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment: "The stroke of a pen on the map of France says it all: 232 kilometres. It'll be the longest stage and it should have an effect on the legs in the closing moments. The beautiful flat roads going through the Haute-Vienne area should favour the sprinters. Just as much as the final slightly uphill straight ending the stage in front of the City Hall."
Wine 1: Domaine Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Touraine AOC (Loire), 2014
As the Tour leaves the Loire Valley, wine lovers will be able to enjoy this excellent dry white wine. 100% sauvignon blanc from selected mature vineyards in Touraine in the Loire Valley. The winemaker Thierry Merlet trained at Petaluma and is now turning heads in the Loire with his modern wines. (His 2015 Sancerre just won a platinum medal in the Decanter International Wine Awards). Under screwcap. Lovely sauvignon fruit but also with a lovely soft creaminess and long finish. Classy! More details here.
Suggestion: You could enjoy this delicious sauvignon blanc with many foods (chicken, seafood, beetroot salad, cheese board) . Fiona Beckett on matching food and wine website suggests goats cheese, especially a Crottin de Chavignol. Sounds like a trip to your local deli or supermarket would be in order!
Stage 6: Cahors
Thursday, July 7th – Arpajon-sur-Cère (190.5km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment: "While leaving the areas of Cantal and Aveyron, the numerous painful hills should give a few options to breakaway candidates. But the horizon should then be far clearer for the sprinters who will find in Montauban a perfect terrain for an exciting explanation". Hmmmm.... okay Christian, whatever you say!
This stage passes near the region of Cahors, famous for its Malbecs. It is classic south-west France. Rolling Hills, chateaux, fortified towns, and watch out for the vache (cow) sightings! It’s a long a difficult stage with some short sharp climbs. Only the strongest will be in the running today. Hopefully the riders have enjoyed some protein and carbs in the form of Malbec and Duck, the night before!
Wine 2: Château Haut-Monplaisir Prestige Malbec, 2006
Malbec has become more popular, thanks to the wines of Argentina. The Malbecs from the French region of Cahors are now receiving more and more attention too and the region is undergoing a transformation. The Guardian, April 2013, said "Cahors is that rarest of all wines: both a rising star and a timeless classic". This wine was one of the crowd favourites at the Gauchito Gil Malbec event in Melbourne on World Malbec Day 2015. It is a great Malbec/Cahors from a top organic producer offering very good value for the quality of this wine. This wine was mentioned in a review of Cahors in Decanter October 2014 as the up and coming producer of the region. The wine has lovely malbec plummy and liquorice flavours with soft tannins, thanks to 10 years of aging. We recently secured a parcel from this vintage and chose it for this pack for its drinkability. Enjoy!
Suggestion: The classic match would be a duck dish or anything with truffles or truffle oil. (If you want to be totality inspired by duck and truffles watch this short video). The other option would be to enjoy with a nice steak - however you like it, with some truffle salt or a mushroom sauce or Café de Paris butter. This version from Neil Perry is our fav - make a batch to keep in the freezer. Lasts for many meals.
Stage 7: Madiran
Friday, July 8th - L'isle-Jourdain/Lac de Payolle (162.5km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment: "As the Tour enters the Pyrenees, the pace should increase and the race enter a new dimension. The climb to the Col d'Aspin will be the only theatre of battle on the day… in terms of climbing! But the descent, as splendid as it is technical, heading to the Lac de Payolle will also be a decisive exercise."
Wine 3: Domaine Crampilh Vignes Vieilles Madiran, 2009
The tour passes through the stunning foothills of the Pyrenees. This region, crossed by pilgrims for centuries, has been producing wine since roman times from ancient grape varieties unique to the area. This red wine from Domaine du Crampilh is a DiscoverVin south-west classic and was featured in a Decanter Magazine article in June 2013 written by Paul Strang an expert in wines of South West France. Domaine du Cramplih was cited as one of the Madiran wineries moving to an easier-drinking style. This wine was given 93 points "An all tannat wine from the oldest parcels in this long-established vineyard. Aged in used barrels for 12 months. Vanilla from the wood, blending well with old leather and black fruits. Cool but peppery on the palate and the tannins are not challenging. Drink 2014-2020." Made from old tannat vineyards using modern techniques. Rich, clean & balanced - full of character, flavour and authenticity!
Suggestion: We suggest you pick up some saucisson or other charcuterie at your local deli to go with this fabulous wine. Sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery of this region of south west France, and the first climb of the Pyrenees.
Stage 8: Jurançon
Saturday, July 9th - Pau/Bagnères-de-Luchon (184km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment "The great classic of the Pyrenees has been reconsidered for this 2016 edition of the Tour. After the Col du Tourmalet, the race will, for the first time, head up the Hourquette d'Ancizan from a different side before taking on the Col de Val-Louron-Azet and Peyresourde! A battle with several levels where anything and everything can happen."
Wine 4: Chateau Jolys Jurançon sec, 2014
A classic stage in the Pyrenees needs a classic white from Pau!
Featured in the 2016 edition of the Revue du Vin de France (French Wine Review) best French wines under 20 euros, with a score of 14/20. A great alternative to sauvignon blanc. Tropical fruits and citrus on the pallet. Crisp dry finish. One of our best selling white wines. The semi-sweet whites are most well known. These were used to baptize the French kings whose court was at nearby Pau. The dry whites are described by the vignerons as the future of the region. They are a revelation and gaining a growing international reputation! They have a gorgeous mid yellow colour, tropical fruit flavours and a lick of tight citrus acidity to clean the palate. Like the chenin blancs of Vouvray in the Loire, the natural good acidity levels means these have a lovely structure and will keep for years. This one from the biggest producer in the region is a wonderful example of the premium dry whites of Jurançon.
Suggestion: Enjoy this wine with a chicken or fish dish and it will cope with cream based sauces. We are suggesting basque chicken (poulet Basquaise) which you can prepare ahead. Alternatively enjoy with some olives, dips or a hard cheese (Ossau d’Iraty is the local classic). Thai take away would be great as well!
Stage 9: Jurançon
Sunday, July 10th: Vielha Val d'Aran /Andorre Arcali (184.5km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment: The five climbs of the day are scattered between the Spanish and Andorran territories. In the final 50 kilometres, one will have to cope with the explosive climb to the Col de la Comella, then the rather irregular one to Beixalis that left rather bad memories to Christopher Froome on the last Vuelta, and finally the long climb to Arcalis.
Wine 5: Domaine Bellegarde Cuvée Thibault Jurancon Moelleux 2009
We are now technically on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, but we've chosen a classic Pyrenees dessert wine from near Pau, just the other side of the border.
The sweet wines of Jurançon are amongst the great sweet/dessert wines of the world and great value for money. This is an award winning example - luscious complex fruit, balance, length and not too sweet on the finish. This wine uses 100% Petit Manseng with the harvest occurring in the middle of November. The wines are not botrytised, in fact it is said that the thick skin of the manseng grapes protects against rot. A long dry autumn allows the wines to dry on the vine and concentrate flavours. The grapes are selected from 9 hectares of old vines. Fermentation and aging occurs in oak barrels for one year, which gives an added complexity.
A shiny gold yellow colour. The nose is very complex with pineapple, tropical fruit, mandarin, citrus, vanilla and crystallised fruit flavours. There are even hints of truffle which is said to be a characteristic of the best Jurançon wines. The balance is excellent, complex rich fruit of peach and tropical fruits on the palate. Excellent ageing potential of over 10 years, but a delight to drink now.
Suggestion: Moelleux means sweet but compared to many dessert wines from Australia this wine has a drier finish and is not cloying. They can be consumed on their own (often the French would have them as an aperitif) with pâté, cheeses and absolutely delicious with fruit desserts.
Stage 12: Rhone
Thursday 14th July: Montpellier/Mount Ventoux (184km)
Christian Prudhomme's comment : "The Mont Chauve (bald mount) doesn't carry its name that well when the Tour comes to visit with its hundreds of thousands of spectators coming along. The French National Day will really be a moment of truth for the candidates to Yellow Jersey glory, whether they're French or not. To reach the Observatoire as a winner is the best possible preparation before the remaining part of the event."
This long stage rolls across the southern Rhone. It should be a day for breakaways and the classic finish up the Mont Ventoux. No doubt lots of helicopter shots of abbeys, chateaux, roman ruins and hopefully sunflowers and poppies. Get set!
Wine 6: Domaine Roche Audran Cotes du Rhone, 2014
Delicious grenache/shiraz! Excellent value for money for the quality of this artisanal wine. Domaine Roche-Audran has been following biodynamic practices since 2006. It is situated on 3 separate sites on the Côtes du Rhone and uses vines between 35 and 100 years old. Vincent Rochette has developed a growing reputation for producing quality wines of character.
Decenter Magazine in May 2016 gave this wine 90 points. It was one of only two Côtes du Rhone wines that made the cut in a major review of southern Rhone wines. "Broad, interesting warmly fruited bouquet. Crunchy palate with tasty momentum - genuine and stylish. Drink 2016-2022." 70% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Syrah
Suggestion: Perfect with any braised or barbecued beef dish. We love this recipe published in The Independent newspaper. One pot slow cooking at its best! Rich, delicious and a great foil for this wine.
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Product Code: 10050/16