Wines from France will Make you Dance
France is unquestionably the epicenter of fine wine. Whether it’s a bold Bordeaux, elegant Burgundy, or celebratory Champagne, France has amazing wines in spades. But where to start with the world-class wines of France? We asked sales associates Josh Mizrahi, Marcarthur Baralla, Elizabeth Smith, and Amy Miller as well as sales managers Doug Yacka and Bambi Ray.
Côtes du Jura, Savagnin Ouillé, Didier Grappe – 2014 $28.96
Do you want to try something different from France? But you’re not ready to take the express train to funky town? Here is a great entry point to the very different world of Jura wines. The grape here is Savagnin but made in a fresh young style with no oxidative aging. Crisp, textured acidity with a very distinct savory lemon quality that makes for a nice pairing with grilled fish or roasted vegetables. – JM
St.-Chinian Blanc “Montmajou”, Dom. les Eminades – 2013 $16.96
The first thing you’ll notice are the beautiful aromatics. White flower, dried apricot, peach and yellow apple are just a few that I detected. But perhaps the most satisfying trait of this Grenache Blanc-based discovery is its supple texture on the palate which just might call to mind a fine Burgundy from France. Easily one of the best white wine values at Astor! – DY
Beaujolais Chardonnay, Terres Dorées, Brun – 2015 $16.99
It’s no secret that Jean-Paul Brun is one of my favorite winemakers from France, and this Chardonnay is an extra special treat! Vinified in stainless steel, the wine is clean, with balanced floral and fresh apple flavors. It’s a winner in every category! Another delicious wine from France! – BR