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The French Wine ‘Bucket List’

The French Wine ‘Bucket List’

By Jodee Hill

Amateur de vin, which simply translates to wine lover, is something that may interest those in search of that tantalising taste to take a look at a selection of the top French wines to try before you die. We call this, our French Wine ‘Bucket List’.

France is known for creating the best wines in the world, with the likes of Bordeaux and Champagne being easily recognised across the globe. It is obvious that certain wines are classed as more prestigious compared to others, this may be due to their historical value, rarity or maybe their taste is generally impeccable. Therefore, we have decided to share with you the top wines to sip, taste and enjoy.

Mouton Rothschild 2009

(Bordeaux, Bordeaux rouge, Pauillac)

This specific wine has a perfect concentration on the nose and one to definitely warm up your body. Its spicy blackcurrant aromas only contribute to its enticing richness that offers a sensational taste that seems to enhance with every sip. It is definitely one to consider for those cold winter nights.

Chateaux Lafite Rothschild 2009

(Bordeaux, Bordeaux rouge, Pauillac)

It is another astounding Lafite wine; arguably one of Lafite’s greatest for a long time. A sensational mixture of blackcurrants, graphite, liquorice and camphor creates this full-bodied wine of sophistication and elegance. If you want the best out of this wine, an expectation of ten to fifteen years of bottle age is recommended and it should last for fifty plus years, creating a magical taste when it finally hits your pallet.  

Dom Perignon 2004


One of the most famous champagnes in the world and we know why. If you want a lasting taste of elegance and spice, then why not try Dom Perignon. When concentrating on the nose, aromas of almond and cocoa expand into the smell of white fruits and dried flowers, perfect for a sense of maturity that will send shivers up your spine. The soft delicate flavours are enhanced by delicate fine bubbles that tickle your taste buds; overall a stunning example of what
champagne should taste like.

Cheval Blanc 1990

(Bordeaux, Bordeaux rouge, Saint Emilion Grand Cru)

This gorgeous wine fulfils any need for a stunningly mouth-watering taste. The complex aromas include the likes of blackcurrant, red cherry, fig, tobacco leaves and flowers. Smooth and dense, the wine has a creamy texture with high acidity that extends into flavours of berries, plum, mocha and oriental spices. Be wary though, this luxurious taste will keep you going back for more. 

Chateau Petrus Red 2005


This stunning wine has the capability to impress and allure anyone into trying it. It is arguably one of the greatest triumphs from its chateau, with astonishing flavours of ripe black figs, chocolate and dark plums.  Mix this all together results in an elegant and delicious wine that cannot be missed.
Remember, these are just a select few of the great wines that France has to offer. There are many more varieties of luxury wines that can make it onto your own wine ‘bucket list’, but hopefully this has helped you to consider these wine masterpieces as a choice for your enjoyment to bask in luxury. Enjoy!


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