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90+ Rated French Reds

France | Bordeaux | Rhône | Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Tastes like
  • Berry
  • Plum
  • Smoky wood
  • Spicy (mix)
  • Good with
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Cheese
  • Its also
  • 90+
¥395
¥660
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    Description

    Practically all the most famous grape varieties used in the world's wines are French varieties and France is the second largest wine producer in the world after Italy! This time, our sommelier Alex Cumming selected 3 of his favourite highly rated reds from 3 different renowned regions in France: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon and Rhône. For a limited time, we are thrilled to offer you this delicious trio for ONLY¥395/3btl. SAVE ¥265, grab your sun hat and get ready to sip a little more French this summer season!

    1 x 2012 Château D'Arche, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois | Bordeaux, France

    Château d’Arche has 9 hectares of old vines, neihbouring several Grand Cru vineyards, the château is located across from the church in the town of Ludon. Classified a Cru Bourgeois in 1932. 2012 Château d’Arche is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot ; with remaining 15% a blend of Cabernet Franc; Petit Verdot; Carmenère. It is vinified traditionally and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It offers classic Cabernet aromas of cassis, spice, and tobacco, with a long, satisfying finish and fine-grained tannins. Exceptional value for money.
    Rated 91/100 by Wine Review Online.

    1 x 2018 Domaine Lafage "Nicolas" Grenache Noir | Languedoc-Roussillon, France 

    Named after Jean-Marc's son, "Nicolas" is made from 100% Grenache, grown on 65 year old vines planted 400 metres above sea-level. Beautiful aromatic intensity, with high concentration of berry fruits. The mouth is rich, round, concentrated, with silky tannins offering powerful notes of blackberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, blueberries, with a stony minerality.
    Rated 92/100 by Wine Advocate.

    1 x 2017 Ortas Tradition Rasteau | Rhône, France

    From the Rasteau appellation in the south of the Rhône Valley. This delicious, spicy red is made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. It has rich aromas of earthy, brambly fruit and dark chocolate lifted by perfumed black cherry. Powerful yet polished, persistent palate with concentrated fruit and an attractive hint of orange freshness on the finish.
    Rated 90/100 by Decanter.

    Variety Description

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognised red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climate. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognised through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's ageing potential.

    Merlot

    Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine, and it is the most widely planted grape in the Bordeaux wine regions. When harvesting late, it gain ripeness and produce inky, purple coloured wines that are full in body with high alcohol and lush, velvety tannins with plum and blackberry fruit. The traditional "Bordeaux style" of Merlot involves harvesting Merlot earlier to maintain acidity and producing more medium-bodied wines with moderate alcohol levels that have fresh, red fruit flavours (raspberries, strawberries) and potentially leafy, vegetal notes.

    Grenache

    Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, where the grape probably originated, Sardinia, the south of France, and California. It is generally spicy, berry-flavoured and soft on the palate with a relatively high alcohol content. Wines made from Grenache tend to lack acid, tannin and color, and is usually blended with other varieties such as Syrah, Carignan, Tempranillo and Cinsaut.

    Country Description

    France

    Practically all the most famous grape varieties used in the world's wines are French varieties, and wine is produced all throughout France. France is the second largest wine producer in the world after Italy. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France. In many respects, French wines have more of a regional than a national identity, as evidenced by different grape varieties, production methods and different classification systems in the various regions. Some of the more famous wine regions in France include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Chablis and the Rhône valley.

    Region Description

    Bordeaux

    A Bordeaux wine is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, centred on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde department. Eighty-nine percent of wine produced in Bordeaux is red, with sweet white wines, dry whites, and also rosé and sparkling wines (Crémant de Bordeaux) collectively making up the remainder. The major reason for the success of winemaking in the Bordeaux region is the excellent environment for growing vines. The geological foundation of the region is limestone, leading to a soil structure that is heavy in calcium. Red Bordeaux is generally made from a blend of grapes. Permitted grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and rarely Carménère. White Bordeaux is predominantly, and exclusively in the case of the sweet Sauternes, made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle.

    Languedoc-Roussillon

    Languedoc-Roussillon wine, including the vin de pays labeled Vin de Pays d'Oc, is produced in southern France. While "Languedoc" can refer to a specific historic region of France and Northern Catalonia, usage since the 20th century (especially in the context of wine) has primarily referred to the northern part of the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, an area which spans the Mediterranean coastline from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. The area has around 700,000 acres (2,800 km2) under vines and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production.

    Rhône

    The Rhône wine region in Southern France is situated in the Rhône river valley and produces numerous wines. The region's major appellation in production volume is Côtes du Rhône AOC. The Rhône is generally divided into two sub-regions with distinct traditions, the Northern Rhône (referred to in French as Rhône septentrional) and the Southern Rhône (in French Rhône méridional). The northern sub-region produces red wines from the Syrah grape, sometimes blended with white wine grapes, and white wines from Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier grapes. The southern sub-region produces an array of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes such as in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.