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Classic French Wine Tasting – now Online!

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Richmond Wine Society, Teddington Wine Society

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

All wines are available in full and half bottle – you can still order the wines and enjoy them with my video at any time.

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….

The Credits…

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.

What next?

If you would like to taste the wines in the video do get in touch, I still have some stock. Prices are on the Wines we have tasted page and you can order from the shop.

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


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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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