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The French Renaissance

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The French Renaissance – a cultural, political, scientific and intellectual explosion which kicked off in the 15thcentury – had seismic effects on the world as we know it today. Just as France experienced a cultural rebirth all those years ago, so too is our French portfolio experiencing somewhat of a renaissance this year. As a country with a rich winemaking history, our French portfolio is expansive, but often misunderstood. But all this is about to change. This year we’re bringing our enviable French portfolio out of the shadows and shining a spotlight on some real Gallic gems.


Masterclasses

France vs…, 12pm: Find out what happens when tradition and modernity go head to head. Head of Wine Buying, Harriet Kininmonth, has selected four grapes and has pitted the French expressions against their international counterparts to see who comes out on top. Where do your loyalties lie – could you be swayed by a New World Pinot Noir?

Rhône Renaissance, 1.30pm: Join us on an exploration of the Rhone Valley, as we move from north to south with our very own Rhône ranger, Bérenger Piras, Enotria&Coe French Buyer. L’enfant du pays will take us through seven wines, looking at the difference between Viognier, Syrah and finally the major southern AOCs – Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas.

Battle of the Somms, 3pm: Our very own super-palate, Kathrine Larsen MS will be hosting a mini blind tasting competition for somms in the making to pit their olfactory wits against six mystery wines.


Walkaround Tasting

French Champions: The crème de la crème of our French portfolio. From Domaine Yves Cuilleron – the king of Condrieu – to Domaine Laporte, with some of the best wines in the Loire Valley, this is a handpicked bunch of estates, all boasting charming stories and memorable wines.

Gallic Classics: Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône and Alsace – each exceptional in its own right, but when combined they capture the very essence of this rich winemaking country. Classic and classy in all the right measures, these are your wine list essentials.

Superior Selection: It’s not every day you stumble across wines of this calibre. For one day only, we’ve delved into the depths of our French treasure trove, and plucked out an unrivalled selection of super-premium gems we’re certain you’ll remember for years to come.

Excellence Ecologique: Sustainability is the word on everyone’s lips. Translated for our industry, this means wines which are biodynamic, organic, vegan and vegetarian. Conscious consumers are demanding authenticity and transparency when it comes to the wine poured in their glass. Sceptics step aside; this trend has well and truly entered the collective zeitgeist and shows no sign of slowing.

Warriors: Your wine list warriors that excite the tastebuds without breaking the bank. Punching well above their weight, our Gallic stalwarts will help you do the heavy lifting, without alienating oenophiles.

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