france

Member Inquiry: Grape Origins

Paul, Are any of the domestic wines that we are accustomed to made from native grapes, or do they all have their origins else­where?” M.M., Temple City, CA Any grape, really, can be made into wine, but few indigenous grapes have achieved any degree of success as raw wine materials. Native grapes, botanically of the… read more »

Import Selection: Chateau Chariot, 1988. Corbieres

With the rising cost of the dol­lar on the international money mar­ket and the increase tax liability that has hit the wine industry, many people have asked how “The Club” will be able to maintain the quality of the monthly import se­lection. Good question! One an­swer lies between the sandy beach­es of the Mediterranean and… read more »

Import Selection: Chateau Larroque, 1989. Bordeaux

Unlike many Bordeaux winer­ies, Chateau Larroque is built around a bona fide chateau. A beautiful country mansion (pic­tured on the label), the property was built in the 1600’s and has been in the same family for 150 years; M.C. Ducourt proprietor. Bordeaux, the wine region is named after Bordeaux, the city. It is on the… read more »

Import Selection: Chateau de Gourgazaud, 1988.

It is always pleasure to find a worthy selection from a time-honored winery. This wine originates from a chateau which was, according to the importer’s notes, “restored to its present condition in 1832.” The ancient domaine of Chateau de Gourgazaud is noted, in fact, on maps dating from the seventeenth century. What is more important,… read more »

Import Selection: Muscadet, 1989. Marquis de Goulaine

Few wineries (or brands, or companies in general, for that mat­ter) can boast the extensive heri­tage which the Marquis de Gou­laine winery is heir to. The origins and history of the Goulaine family and its wine are, one can easily say, an inextricable part of the leg­end of the Loire Valley, its famous chateaux and… read more »

Import Selection: Chamdeville Blanc De Blanc Brut, NV

This is that bubbly time of year when men and women’s fancies, young and old, turn to thoughts of Champagne. Whoops! Watch the use of that word. Chamdeville is produced in France (in Bordeaux, actually) but outside the strictly de-limited re­gion legally entitled the name “Champagne.” It must therefore go by the less recognizable handle… read more »

Import Selection: Fonset-Lacour, 1985, Barton and Gustier

The firm of Barton & Gustier has been blending and shipping fine French wines since 1725. They are “negociants-éleveurs”, as well as growers themselves. (their flagship is Chateau Magnol in Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France.) Even though they are based in Bordeaux, they offer an extensive variety of wines from different re­gions of France. Michel Fouchaux… read more »

Import Selection: Cotes de Duras, 1987; Bichot

The firm of A. Bichot & Cie is well known in France and in Eu­rope as a leading wine purveyor. They are négociants-éleveur which implies that they do not grow any grapes or vinify wine. They negotiate and purchase wine from different vintners, bring in the wine to their cellars, age them, blend them, and… read more »

Domestic Selections: September 1989

Wines evaluated last month: 301     Rejected: 249              Approved: 52              Selected: 2 It still is summer – at least from the weather point of view! – even though we are knocking at the doors of autumn. So here are two summer wines again. For the red wine this month I fi­nally found a blush… read more »

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir comes from a grape (vitis vinifera), meaning pine and black that requires a consistent warm climate during the days and followed by cold evenings. It is a light-bodied to medium-bodied wine. This wine is popular in France and is commonly used for sparkling wine.