Not only does French wine enjoy an outstanding reputation for quality, it is also incredibly diverse. As far back as 600 B.C., immigrants from Asia Minor started to make wine in the region around Marseilles. Since then, French wine has been a mainstay of menus in top restaurants and kitchens all over the world. In this article, join us on our very own wine-tasting tour de France.
Let's start with champagne. The most luxurious drink in the world comes from the Champagne region in north-eastern France. Genuine champagne is produced on the sunny slopes around Reims, from the three grape varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
Its typically gentle bubbles, or perlage, are not produced until during fermentation in the bottle. The champagne is elegantly presented in a half-filled champagne flute from the handmade Allegorie Premium collection from Villeroy & Boch. The design principle of this premium crystal glass is based on the flowing lines of a spiral movement.
The champagne is elegantly presented in a half-filled champagne flute from the handmade Allegorie Premium collection from Villeroy & Boch. The design principle of this premium crystal glass is based on the flowing lines of a spiral movement.
Slightly further south is the Bordeaux region, the biggest production area for prestigious wines. Long summers make the climate in Bordeaux perfect for growing world-famous red wine varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. But Bordeaux also has a lot to offer in terms of white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc, the second most important white wine grape after Chardonnay.
What better place to conclude our little wine-tasting tour than on the Mediterranean,
in the southern part of the Rhône Valley? The warm Mediterranean sun and the mistral combine to work wonders for wine growing. The result is red wines with a high tannin content (in the case of the Grenache grape)
that are suitable for long storage. For example Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most full-bodied
wine produced in France.
The new Purismo range of glassware from Villeroy & Boch is all about discreet, minimalist design. As well as a beautifully shaped crystal red wine glass, the collection also includes a hand-blown decanter that allows the multi-faceted red wines from the Rhône Valley to unfold their full bouque
Incidentally, the Bordeaux crystal glasses from the Villeroy & Boch Allegorie Premium collection are equally well suited to red wine and white wine. And if you are going for both as part of a festive dinner, here is the key to getting the table decoration in the right order: Start with a water glass at the far right. The next glass in is the white wine glass for the entrée, followed by the red wine glass for the main course on the left.