We have just loaded the videos of my tastings of Classic French Wines onto YouTube.
I really hope you can enjoy following the tasting, my cheese pairing suggestions and even try the recipe suggestions.
Our Classic French Wine Tasting
Sancerre 2018 Domaine Sautereau
Chablis 2018 Sebastien Dampt
Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2018 Gry-Sablon
Chateau Le Pey 2015 Bordeaux
Monbazillac 2017 Ancienne Cure (37.5cl only)
And here’s the video:
It lasts about 30 minutes, but you can stop and start it as you wish, and of course watch it over a few days. You can download a tasting sheet here.
Remember, you can store opened bottles of white wine in the fridge for 2-3 days, and reds will keep for 3-5 days. They keep better (ie fresher and for longer) if you tip what’s left into a smaller bottle so that there isn’t much air at the top, and close it with a stopper or vacuvin it. A well washed beer bottle or soft drink (glass) bottle would be fine.
There are links below to recipes for the food matches I suggest, and the cheeses I pair with the wines during the tasting – all from Teddington Cheese.
Additional tasting of Chablis
In addition to the main tasting of six wines, I have added an additional video tasting exploring three stunning Chablis, all from Daniel Defaix, who is one of the most outstanding winemakers in Chablis, and owner of the oldest domaine – Vieux Château. The two Premier Cru wines are from 2005 and are the perfect example of the why this well known wine region deserves its fame.
Take a look:
This has been a wonderful opportunity to revisit some of the very best wines of France, many from regions we have visited over the years. I really hope the video conveys the magic of French wine, and the value for money you can get if you know where to look….
As with previous video tastings this is a family affair. My wife Fliss has delved into her WSET studies to produce a short booklet about the positives – and negatives – of French wine, using images from my tours – download here. But once again the major thanks must go to Julia, our daughter, who has not lost patience with me and demonstrated her versatility and talents both behind the camera and in the editing suite.
Thank you for watching, any feedback is very welcome. And please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to order any of the wines featured in the tasting.
Cheese pairing recommendations and links to recipes
All cheeses are available from The Teddington Cheese
Sancerre 2018 Domaine Sautereau with Gazpacho
Crottins de Chavignol – goat’s cheese that hardens with age. Made in the heart of Sancerre.
Chablis 2018 Sebastien Dampt with Sea Bass with leeks, pesto and tomato
Chaource – soft ripened cow’s milk cheese made just 45km northeast of Chablis
Champagne Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale with Roast Chicken, wild mushrooms & garlic mayonnaise
Petit Langres – semi soft cows milk cheese made in the Champagne-Ardenne
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 2018 Gry-Sablon with Seared Tuna & Panzanella salad
Camembert – soft ripened cow’s milk cheese from Normandy
Chateau Le Pey 2015 Bordeaux with Beef en Daube
Comté – hard cow’s milk cheese from the Massif du Jura
Monbazillac 2017 Ancienne Cure with lightly spiced Pear Tatin
Bleu d’Auvergne – delicate cow’s milk blue veined cheese from the Auvergne
Chablis 2014 Vieilles Vignes Daniel Defaix with Poached Halibut with Bearnaise
Soumaintrain – washed rind cow’s milk cheese from Burgundy
Chablis 1er Cru 2005 Les Lys Daniel Defaix with pan fried scallops & guacamole
Chablis 1er Cru 2005 Cote de Lechet Daniel Defaix with Lobster Thermidor
Epoisses – pungent washed rind cow’s milk cheese