Your self guided Tour de France tasting kit.
Here we have the wines from our most popular private tasting offering, along with a tasting tuition guide written by ourselves to help you through your very own wine tasting box.
We'll teach you how to break down the the individual components of the wine, what to look for in the aromas and flavours, and the reasons of why they taste a certain way.
You'll TASTE the wines rather than just drinking them, and through our guidance you'll be able to pin point what qualities you particularly like or dislike, and eventually be able to use this knowledge to buy more wines you love!
1 x Gallimard, Brut Reserve Champagne, NV
1 x Domaine Thibault, Pouilly-Fume, 2018
1 x Exhibition Red, Vaucluse, 2019
1 x Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, 2018
2 x Tasting sheets (Please let us know at checkout if there's more than 2 of you and we can add more tasting sheets free of charge)
1 x Tasting tuition guide.
Gallimard, Brut Reserve.
We are firm believers that small producers offer better value for money and higher quality than large recognisable names, and never is this more true than in Champagne. This wine is from Les Riceys in the South of Champagne and made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. The reserve wine is kept in old oak barrels rather than stainless steel tanks which offer slight oxygenation and create a yellow apple aroma to complement the ripe peach and nectarine.
This is truly the best value Champagne you can get in our eyes. Both elegant and magnificently in your face at the same time. It's a fruit forward champagne bursting with yellow and red apple aromas and a little briochey edge to it, without going overboard on the toastiness. Think freshly baked tart with ripe crunchy apples, crispy pastry and tantalising acidity.
Domaine Thibault, Pouilly-Fume.
Pouilly Fume is one of the more elegant and fancy examples of Sauvignon blanc around the world. It's the big brother to Sancerre, and this one shows a stereotypical bracing grapefruity, lemony acidity along with a fresh grassy and leafyness. The search for a good Pouilly can be heartbreaking and unforgiving, but we've only gone and done it! Super typical of the area with a big streak of gun smoke, and really good value for what you're getting in the bottle - pair it with some local Loire goats cheese, or shellfish and you're gonna love it.
Exhibition red, Vaucluse.
Classic Rhône red, medium - full bodied with rich fruit and a fresh herby gamey undertone. The palate is lusciously textured with plum, strawberry and a touch of spice. A delicious, uncomplicated, soft, fruity red... yet rich and tannic enough to go toe to toe with some French cuisine. For me it's the archetypal bistro red.
Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux.
We often find ourselves overlooking Bordeaux as they can be overpriced and producers are slow to take up sustainable and organic farming. However, this Merlot dominant Bordeaux from the right bank, just North of the Gironde Estuary, has been certified Biodynamic since 2000.
The wine is a supple blend of 75% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec grown on limestone and clay soils in the Blaye sub-region. A mixture of red and black fruits on the nose with slight earthy notes and grippy tannins that create a chewy mouthfeel that make you crave another sip.