Mac's Notes from France - 2015

Mac is again checking out some of his favourite wine venues in France and this year.

Gigondas, 27 October, 2015

Gigondas, FR 1

Sunny autumn weather, a hotel with a great kitchen and wine cellar situated next door to a winery with mountain vineyards scattered about and many hiking trails.

Sudbury? No.

Gigondas in Provence, France... YES!... with another vintage heading to the barrels.

Gigondas, FR 2

Another sunny day in the village square in Gigondas with people and dogs enjoying a beautiful fall afternoon.

Menerbes in the Luberon area of Provence, 29 October, 2015

Counoise vineyard, Menerbes

A vineyard of Counoise grapes tucked between a hill and a line of olive trees at Menerbes in the Luberon, Provence. Counoise is a blender adding pepper and acidity in wines with other more known grapes such as Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mouvedre and Carignane. The grape plays a part in the Chateauneuf de Pape blend.

Bandol, Mediterranean coast, south of France, 4 November 2015

The town that gives the Bandol wine region its name, fronts the palm-studded Mediterranean.

Bandol, France

In this sunny corner of France, the wines are mostly fleshy red and rose wines made from Mourvèdre with Grenache Noir and Cinsault as secondary blenders. The appellation is small, extending north in a bowl where elevation controls the limit of vine production.

The Dordogne, France, 7 November, 2015

The Dordogne: Castles, perched villages, wine and plenty of duck on the menu.

Castle in the Dordogne

The wine varieties mostly reflect those grown in Bordeaux but at a much lower price... more laid back than the pace and hype of the greatest Chateaus in the wine world to the west. Even on its own, it is a nice place to visit.

Will be returning to Ottawa soon and look forward to arrival of our Spanish Harvest 2015 grape juices and musts.

in vino veritas....

Mac MacDonald
from France

(updated 2015-11-18)

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