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2018 Grand Pre Cuvee Spaciale Fleurie Beaujolais France 750ml

2018 Grand Pre Cuvee Spaciale Fleurie Beaujolais France

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Producer: Maison Alex Gambal
Website: www.alexgambal.com


Price: $32.99

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Varietal: Gamay
Gamay is one the lightest dark skinned varieties synonymous with the French region of Beaujolais in the Rhone department. A typical Beaujolais is light bodied and displays aromas of freshly picked red fruit with a bright acidity on the palate. Although the finest can age gracefully, most of what is produced is for early consumption. Carbonic maceration is a popular technique used which tends to overlay distinctive aromas of banana and gum. Outside of Beaujolais it is grown in the Savoie region and bordering country, Switzerland. Gamay is best enjoyed chilled or slightly below room temperature and makes a great accompaniment to cheese and charcuterie.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Burgundy
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.

Sub-Region: Bourgogne AC
Bourgogne is both the French name for the region of Burgundy and of the most basic and generic appellation within it. The region's white wines at this level include: Bourgogne Blanc, which is primarily Chardonnay but with the permitted addition of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in small amounts; and Bourgogne Aligoté, containing just Aligoté. For reds, there is: Bourgogne Rouge; mainly Pinot Noir, although Gamay can be used if made in Beaujolais; Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, which is predominantly Pinot Noir, must be a third Gamay. Bourgogne Rosé is also made but in very small quantities. Because Bourgogne can encompass such wide range of wines it is best to look for an additional suffix or description, such as the village or producer for hints about the wines provenance and quality.

Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.