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French Dessert Wines

April 25, 2017
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Bonjour! Okay, that is the limit of my ability to speak French.

Let me take you on a mini wine tour of France to the regions where some of the most delicious dessert wines are produced.

French wine can be complicated and challenging to understand, so I will try to make this fun and not too boring for you.

Visiting the regions of France is definitely on my bucket list. Even though I lived right next door to France in England, I was too young to appreciate wine and never got to make a trip over there.

Most French wine labels do not make it easy to know what is in the bottle because, in most cases, French wine labels put the name of the region on the bottle not the wine-grape variety.

Here are a couple of my favorite picks.

Chateau Guiraud Sauterne 2010

The famous Sauterne dessert wine is made in the region of Bordeaux in the commune of Sauterne, crafted with Sauvignon Blanc and semillon grapes that are affected by (Noble Rot), a fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel up. The Chateau Guiraud is deliciously
sweet with aromas of toasted almond and white peach. It’s rich and creamy with a slight taste of ginger on the end. This will pair well with your favorite dessert.

Petit Guiraud

Chateau D’ Orignac ( Pineau Des Charentes)

This French dessert wine is produced in the Cognac region which is located between the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. It is produced by
adding Cognac (brandy) to unfermented grape juice and spends five years in oak. Please be careful when sipping this one. It can
sneak up on you quickly, and it has eighteen-percent alcohol.



Terrasse Hors D’Age 6 Years, Rivesaltes

From the Languedoc-Roussillon located in southern France between the Rhone to the east and Pyrenees to the southwest, this mouth-watering dessert wine made with 100% Grenache Blanc grapes has sweet notes of golden raisins and bitter orange. It’s silky and layered with rich brown sugar and almond flavors. It pairs perfectly with puff pastry filled with pudding or fruit.


Enjoy, and au revoir!



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