Wines of the week: Chenas Les Carrieres 2011; Peyres de Loubert Fronton 2009; Jurançon Sec, Chant des Vignes, Domaine Cauhapé, 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 14 July 2013
A great day to celebrate the diversity of French wine – not only Bastille Day, but also the 15th stage of the Tour de France, when riders slug it out on the most demanding stage of all: the ride to Mont Ventoux.
Chenas Les Carrieres 2011
Biodynamically grown Gamay grapes from Chenas in Beaujolais offer bright cherry fruits, a big juicy mouthfeel and a long satisfying finish. Drink with a herbed roasted chicken. £15.48, christopherpiperwines.co.uk
Peyres de Loubert Fronton 2009
As individual Tour stages highlight the hidden corners of France, imbibers can now find fascinating regional wines, such as this full-bodied, racy red made from the local Negrette grape in Fronton, in the Haute-Garonne. Ideal with all grilled meats and Mediterranean foods. £9.99, Marks & Spencer
King of the Mountains
Jurançon Sec, Chant des Vignes, Domaine Cauhapé, 2012
From the far South-west, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, comes this stunning, bone-dry white made from the GrosManseng grape: complex flavours of citrus and spices, as reviving and refreshing as a mountain stream. Perfect to cool down with after a ride. £8.75, thewinesociety.com
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