Red Hermitage(French Wine) is somewhat harsh when young and requires some years rest; depending on the quality, this can be 5, 10, or even 20 years.
Those with sufficient patience are rewarded with a very great wine with a sensual bouquet in which leather, red and white fruit, and wild flowers are present in the upper notes. The taste is largely of preserved fruit.
Serve at 60.8-64.4°F (16-18°C). These white French wine is ready for drinking much earlier than the red but can also be kept for some time. Its smell is reminiscent of a sea of flowers with suggestions of vanilla and roasted almonds. It is a powerful, rounded wine with considerable aromatic potential. Drink at approx. 53.6°F (12°C) .
This red French wine is dark coloured and has an exciting bouquet in which red fruit, freshly-ground pepper, sweetwood, preserved fruit, and even truffles are present. The undertones are almost animalistic.
This is the only appellation which also makes sparkling wine. It is more of an amusing wine than an exciting one that is best drunk when young.
Gigondas is made from Grenache, supplemented with mainly Syrah and Mourvedre. The red wine is a wonderful colour and has a bouquet filled with fresh red fruit through to animal undertones and when older some fungal notes. It is a full, powerful, and well-balanced wine that is a little harsh when young. The wine needs keeping for a few years.
The roses are fresh, cheerful wines with a great deal of extract. Drink these when young.
The whites and roses are drunk when young for any occasion. These red French wine with its characteristic scent of ripe red fruit such as cherry, and hint of sweetwood, has more power. Drink it at approx. 62.6°F (17°C).
Although 13 different varieties of grape are permitted, the red wine is generally made from Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Muscardin and Counoise, while the whites use Clairette and Bourboulenc.
These red French wine has a very complex bouquet containing red fruit, leather, anise, sweetwood, and herbs, and equally complex taste that is rounded, unctuous, with a prolonged aftertaste. Wait for five years after harvest before drinking the red but consume the white wine while still young.
The white wine is very aromatic and rounded with a nose that has floral undertones such as camphor oil and narcissus. True estate bottled Chiiteauneuf-du-Pape bears the arms of Avignon on the bottles: the papal crown and cross-keys of St Peter.
Lirac is growing in popularity. These are good French wines at a relatively low price.
Tavel is one of the finest roses of France. The pink colour tends towards terracotta tiles or even orange. Hints of apricot, peach, and roasted almond can be detected in the bouquet. Drink this wine at approx. 55.4°F (13°C) .