I was there this Monday just gone in my “Rhone Valley” lectures for my diploma and heard a brilliant fact that I thought I had to share with you all! Apparently the winemakers of Chateauneuf-Du-Pape felt the urge to bring this into legal statute back in the 1950s and to this day it’s arguably the … Continue reading The Best Wine Law You’ve Ever Heard!
“Chateauneuf Du Pape!” Anyone who’s ever watched Only Fools and Horses will have heard Delboy shouting this one out when something’s not gone great for him and his brother Rodney. Such is the fame of the AOC, it even made it into Delboy’s script! It’s definitely the most famous in the Southern Rhône. For any … Continue reading New Wine This Week 58 – What and Where is Gigondas?
The Rhône Valley, and in particular the Southern Rhône, is right up there as France’s hottest vineyard area. It’s right on the Riviera, where all the rich and famous (and people who don’t know any better) go on the their summer holidays to soak up the sun and sea breezes. The grapes are doing exactly … Continue reading #NWTW Week 38: It Ain’t ‘Alf Hot, Mum!
In France, wines from certain areas can label themselves under the local appellation. It’s the French system of looking to ensure quality and standardising the production of famous areas. On the bottle of wine will be written Appelation D’Origine Contrôlée (AOC). It’s a way of telling the drinker that this has been made in a … Continue reading Bordeaux Broken Down #4: Appellations