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How to Select the Perfect French Summer Wine

How to Select the Perfect French Summer Wine

By Jessica Green

Afternoon delight
 
Domaine Leroy Corton Charlemagne
 
For the hazy afternoons of drinking up the best of summer sun, there is nothing quite like enjoying the aromatic taste of French wine with excellent company.  On a warm day, enjoy the earthy characterisitc flavour of Domaine Leroy Corton Charlemagne; a full-bodied white burgundy native of the hilly vinyards of Corton Hill. The white wine which is based on Chardonnay is the only one of its kind, and is enjoyed better when aged. Taste the delights of France with its balance of nutty and buttery flavours, the perfect amount of richness for a summer wine choice.
 
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rosé 
 
A rare wine known as the ‘Ultimate Rose’ deriving from the South and North parts of the Montagne de Reims. The palate with a colour boasting salmon pink is bursting with the fresh tastes of summer, with a complex and well-balanced aroma of tender berry fruits, orange peel and finishing with subtle minerals. This is a lively and well-rounded choice for those looking for a sharp but sweet wine choice for relaxed afternoons. 
 
Summer Dinner Party  
 
Ducru Beaucaillou 
 
A second growth Bordeaux wine from the commune of Saint Julien and a choice that is both dark and voluptous in colour as it is in taste.  It makes a perfect selection for the cooler summer evenings and the texture of the wine is full-bodied, rich and and velvety with an outstanding aromatic display of blackberries and cherries for leisurely enjoyment. A truly long aging wine with a charm that would impress the most affluent of dinner guests.
 
Margaux du Chateau Margaux 2009
 
Another fantastic summer evening wine which is produced from a great vintage, possessing the attributes of a deep, rich colour and complex flowery and spicy hints. This wine is very powerful and concentrated, and would definitely prove an excellent dinner party choice. It leaves an intense impression with a soft, warm and fresh finish – a great way to indulge at the end of a day in the summer sun.

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