Champagne / Bordeaux / Burgundy / Rhone / Regional France
France is synonymous with wine and is home to many of the grapes we know and love from around the world. It is the world’s top exporter of wine and has over 750,000 hectares of vineyards and around 200 varieties of grapes. Steeped in tradition it has long been the place to go for budding winemakers to learn their trade.
French Appellations (regions) have strict rules which define what can be grown and produced thus controlling quality and output putting French wine at the top of everyone's shopping list. More than the variety of grape, French wine is about its regions and the terroir. This term describes the soil conditions, climate and altitude – all fundamental factors in the ultimate bouquet and taste of the wine. Read on below how the different regions produce vastly different, but equally amazing wines.
--- Meet our French Winemakers
Producer: Louis Barthelemy Winemaker: Jean-Barthélémy Region: Champagne Country: France
The house has very distinct and elegant wine style, characterised by a small dosage but a long ageing process on lees of at least 3 years - more than double the minimum requirement of 15 months. The House benefits from rich and diversified grape buying contracts in a large number of Champagne crus, with Jean-Barthélémy overseeing a highly selective, rigorous selection of grapes to make up each cuvée.
Producer: Droin Winemaker: Jean-Paul and Benoît Droin Region: Chablis Country: France
The Droin brothers are the 14th generation of their family to make wine, with a history in Chablis reaching back exactly 400 years, so it’s reasonable to assume they know their business. And with vineyard holdings in almost every Grand Cru and Premier Cru, and significant parcels across Chablis and Petit Chablis they transcend the region like no other producer.
“People often cite Domaines Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat as the two greatest exponents of Chablis, however, I would like to add a third – Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin. Over the last five or six years, Benoît Droin has really ratcheted up the quality. I cannot exaggerate how often Droin’s wines end up the best of the flight during the annual “Burgfest” blind tastings. Again and again, they shine against stiff competition. It is time to accept that Droin is now one of the leading producers in Chablis.” Neal Martin, August 2018
The 2020 vintage was one of the earliest harvests on record in Burgundy. For many growers, picking began even earlier than in the notorious heatwave of ’03. But these wines bear absolutely no resemblance to the ’03s. This was a warm and dry vintage picked under the late-August sun, however surprisingly...
Thirty & Thirsty… Philglas & Swiggot Wine Merchants Celebrate 30 years of discovering extraordinary wines and you’re invited to celebrate with us. It is 30-years since the business was founded, opening in 1991 on the Northcote Road, Battersea. We would like to mark this special occasion by asking you to join us in raising a glass to all the past and present people who have helped make Philglas & Swiggot one of London's best loved independent wine merchants.
Wine is very much intrinsic in the ‘Portuguese lifestyle’ and it is enjoyed at meal times with family, out in restaurants with friends, or even as part of important business lunches. Portuguese cuisine is extremely rich and varied, ranging from fresh seafood, to meaty stews and even a mixture of both. With more than 250 indigenous grapes, there’s a wine for every occasion.
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