Taste the Tour 6 Pack 2015
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It’s that time of year again; 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 Pyrenees, Gaillac in South West France, Cahors (the home of Malbec), Rhone, Provence, and finishing with a fabulous Champagne as they reach Paris.
Wines relate to regions that the 2015 Tour passes through, in the mid and final section of the race when the battle for the yellow jersey really hots up! They represent excellent 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. Serving suggestions and stages will be included with the pack.
|Château Achille Princier Grande Tradition Champagne NV||$54.00|
|Domaine de la Croix Irrésistible Rosé 2012||$29.90|
|Domaine Bellegarde Pierre Blanche Jurançon Sec 2009||$36.00|
|Château de Saurs Gaillac rouge 2010||$26.50|
|Château Haut Monplaisir Prestige Cahors Malbec 2006||$34.90|
|Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhone Rouge 2012||$25.90|
|Save over $30 when you buy the Taste the Tour Pack:||$175.00|
Stage 10: Jurançon
Tuesday 14th July - Tarbes : La-Pierre-Saint-Martin 167km
After the arrival in the mountains and a rest day, it feels like the racing really starts now. The sprinters will have dominated many of the stages up to this point but now the mountain stages start!
Its only Monday night, but this should be a gripping stage through the beautiful Pyrénnées with a spectacular final descent. This will be Tour de France viewing at its very best. Plus this region produces some wonderful wines! Let the fun begin!
Wine 1 Domaine Bellegarde “Pierre Blanche” Jurançon sec, 2009
Tarbes is part of wine region of Jurancon, which makes some wonderful 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 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 this have a lovely structure and will keep for years. This one from organic producer Domaine Bellegarde, made from selected old vines and aged on oak, is a wonderful example of the premium dry whites of Jurançon.
Suggestion: Enjoy this wine with a chicken of fish dish and it will cope with cream based dishes. 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).
Stage 13: Gaillac
Friday 17th July – Muret to Rodez 198.5km
This is an interesting stage, parts of which were used in the time trial around the gorgeous city of Albi in 2007. Parts are flat, others are hilly so it might only suit some sprinters who are able to survive the steep hills. It will make for an interesting stage. It will pass through some stunning scenery in this part of the south west where there are lots of hilltop villages, Bastides (fortified towns), the Tarn valley and the wine district of Gaillac.
Wine 2 Château de Saurs Gaillac Tradition Rouge La Constance, 2010
"This is easily the best Gaillac wine that I have tried" Sean Mitchell, Grape Observer, June 2014. Galliac is a small appellation north of Toulouse. It is at the confluence of influences from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is considered a rapidly improving region, driven by small independent producers such as Chateau de Saurs. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and an indigenous variety Braucol. This is a great example of the wines that DiscoverVin is bringing to Australia. From an ancient vineyard that has been producing quality grapes for many centuries. These premium grapes are now being made into modern, organic and clean wines while still retaining authentic characteristics typical of the terroir. And its great value for money! This wine is from the excellent vintage of 2010.
Suggestion: We suggest you pick up some saucisson or other charcuterie at your local deli, sit back and enjoy the incredible scenery of this region of south west France.
Stage 14: Cahors
Saturday 18th July – Rodez: Mende 178.5km
This stage kicks off near the region of Cahors famous for its Malbecs. It’s a long a difficult stage with some short sharp climbs including Côte de la Croix Neuve (The hill of the New Cross) and has three kilometres at over 10%! 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 3 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. Its 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 9 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 would be or a nice steak however you like it with some truffle salt or a mushroom sauce or café de paris butter.
Stage 16: Rhone
Monday 20th July -
This long stage starts off near Valance in the Rhone Valley. It should be a day for breakaways and sprints at the end. No doubt lots of helicopter shots of Abbeys, Chateaux, Roman ruins and hopefully sunflowers and poppies. Get set!
Wine 4 Domaine Roche Audran Cuvée César, 2011(AOC Côtes du Rhone)
Domaine Roche-Audran has been following biodynamic practices since 2006. It is situated on three separate sites on the Cotes du Rhone and uses vines between 35 and 100 years old. Vincent Rochette has developed a growing reputation for producing quality wines of character. This wine is made with gnarled old vine 100% grenache. It has intense blackcurrent, raspberry, cassis flavours and lovely structure and balance. It has a bit of a wow factor. And it’s a great price for an old vine Grenache of this quality. Parker recently gave it 91 points.
Suggestion: Perfect with any braised or barbequed beef dish.
Stage 17: Provence
Wednesday 22nd July – Digne les Bains: Pra Loup : 161km
Time for a Provence AOC wine! This stage starts in the Haut Provence region and then climbs up near the Italian Border in the Alps. It should be a spectacular stage starting in the picturesque spa town of Digne les Bains followed by some serious climbing. The climbs on this stage are described as “fearsome” and “intense”. There should be some spectacular racing. Thank goodness we will be sitting back enjoying a crisp dry rosé and enjoying the views!
Wine 5 - Domaine de La Croix Irrésistable Rosé, 2012 (AOC Provence)
One of our best selling wines. Cru classé rosé from Provence is hot right now. So hot restaurants and wine stores in New York were rationing it this summer. This is one of the best producers from Provence.Decanter magazine in July 2014 named this wine in their top 30Provençal rosés. "Quite leafy Cabernet nose which follows through on the palate. Nice structure and concentration. More mineral than full-on fruit flavours."
The name says it all. Irresisitible! An irresistible rosé from Provence, the home of rosé. Domaine de La Croix, created in 1882, is situated near the village of La Croix Valmer with an outlook to the beaches of St Tropez. It has the classification of cru class. Very few Provençal producers are given the cru classé classification, denoting an exceptional winery. In 2011 Vigneron magazine named this as one of the three best producers in Provence. Rosé at its best.
Suggestion: olives, tapenade spread on biscuits, anchoiade from a deli or make your own served with crudités. Wrap yourself in a blanket, turn up the heating and pretend its summer in Provence. The crisp dry rosé and these salty delights will fire up your palate
Stage 20: Last racing day: Champagne!
Saturday 25 July – Modane Valfréjus/Alpe d’Huez
The Tour de France is a marathon not a sprint. The organisers dream will be two or more contenders slugging it out up the famous climb of Alpe d’Huez to decide this year’s winner. Even if the Tour winner looks confirmed, anything can happen on this most grueling and dynamic of stages. It promises to be a memorable climax to the 2015 Tour. Tonight we pay homage to the men who put their heart and soul on the line in preparing for and competing in the Tour. Tonight we celebrate this wonderfully addictive and spectacular sporting and cultural event. Sit back and enjoy the view! Vive le France and Vive le Tour!
By the way, if an Aussie looks a chance to win we might not pop the corks til the end of the stage or perhaps until tommorrow’s showcase ride into Paris!
Wine 6 Champagne Achille Princier Grande Tradition NV
A great value Champagne from a small producer. Awarded two stars in French "wine bible" – The Guide Hachette 2014. It doesn't get any better at this price and Aussi wine writer Sean Mitchell reviewed this and said he would be buying it himself!
Winemaker Maxime Mansard is the fifth generation of winemakers. This champagne is produced from 66 different parcels of vines in 10 communes extending across 24 hectares in the Marne Valley near Epernay. This dividing up of the vineyards is a major plus as it allows an "assemblage" of wines. This enables the producer to achieve a balance between freshness and complexity by blending different parcels, and ensuring a consistent but unique style for Champagne Achille Princier. This champagne is a mixture of 3 varieties: Pinot Noir 30%, Pinot Meunier 35% and Chardonnay 35%. Classy. Delicious.
Suggestion: Champagne of course can be enjoyed on its own. Any anchoide left over from Stage 20 would be lovely too. As a nod to the mountains perhaps pick up a smoked trout or some trout pate or some other delicate deli items! Or there is always some patisserie! Indulge, enjoy, Vive le Tour and Vive la France!
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