Red Wine

Red Wine

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Our Selection of Red Wines

 

France produces almost every type of red wine style imaginable – it’s just a question of knowing where to go to find it!

 

While the classic areas such as Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône without question produce great wine, the south of France and especially the Languedoc is nowadays producing a variety of great red wines at really attractive prices.  Also, not being hidebound by some of the Appellation Controlée regulations, producers can be more flexible and more responsive to public demand.

 

 

The Red Wines of Alsace

 The red wine of Alsace is made uniquely from red Burgundy's principal grape variety, the Pinot Noir, which lends itself well to the cooler climate of Alsace situated on the eastern side of the Vosges mountains. The Pinot Noir from Alsace is different than that of Burgundy and is worth discovering…

 

The Red Wines of Beaujolais

 These reds are produced 100% from the Gamay grape and are characterised by a soft juicy fruitiness that can range from light to medium bodied. The Beaujolais region comprises ten "crus" or villages which produce the best of the Beaujolais. You will find at Boursot Wines a selection of these wines including Brouilly, Morgon, Juliénas, Beaujolais Villages and sometimes even ...Fleurie!

 

The Red Wines of Bordeaux

 In the heart of Aquitaine on the west coast of France lies Bordeaux, arguably the world's most prestigious wine-growing region. Being on 45° of latitude, Bordeaux produces every type of wine, from dry to sweet white, rosé as well as a wide variety of red wines, ranging from light to full-bodied.

 Better known appellations include Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe on the Médoc peninsula, or left bank, and Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on the right bank.  Other appellations to look out for include Graves, Fronsac and Côtes de Bourg.  All the wines have a degree between the fruitiness derived from the Merlot and the backbone from the Cabernet Sauvignon, but they all have a slight dryness on the finish.  Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère are also used and all grape content ratios often vary according to the nature of the year. 

 

The Red Wines of Burgundy

 When it comes to Burgundy, one can't help but mention Pinot Noir, the grape variety that produces succulently fruity yet elegant red wines. The red wine of Burgundy is principally found in the Côtes de Nuits, the Côtes de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais. The best of the vineyards lie on a north-south landslip, so that the exposed soils and substrata have a more important effect on the wines than in other regions.  Owing to the parcelisation of vineyards over the centuries, meaning that the average landholding is tiny, there can be several producers in a small area that contains a variety of different soils!  It is more useful to look out for the name of the producer, who uses a certain winemaking style, before the name of the village.  For instance, the village of Gevrey-Chambertin has 150 different producers, each of whom produces a slightly different wine at a widely varying price.  Burgundy is complex!  

 

The Red Wines of Côtes de Provence, Languedoc and the South West

 The regions of southern France and especially the Languedoc-Roussillon produce nowadays some very high quality wines that can be of great value. Thanks to the warmth of climate, these wines can be full and fruity, such as those from Fitou, Minervois and Corbières to name a few. These regions have received much foreign investment in recent years and can produce wines of open sunny nature, not restricted necessarily by an Appellation Contrôlée system that governs grape varieties, cultivation and yields and everything in between.  This is an exciting area.

 

The Red Wines of the Loire

The Loire Valley produces three times more white wine than red.  The reds are produced in the main from Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Gamay. With such varietals, red Loire wines tend towards being lighter, refreshing and fruity in style that are great with lighter food or even lunchtime or summer drinking.