France has fallen into second place behind Italy in Decanter magazine’s list of the top 50 wines of the year. Published this week, the list brings together the wines that have scored best in tastings and in terms of value for money.
Each of the wines featured in the end-of-year round-up has been deemed outstanding, having scored 18.5 or more out of a possible 20 points.
French wines bagged 8 places on the list. They range from a rosé (Le Grand Clos, L’Esprit de Provence, Côtes de Provence 2013), available in shops in Britain for £12, to a Bordeaux (Château Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien 2010), which retails at £60.
The latter wasn’t the most expensive wine on the list: that honour went to a rioja that sells for up to £150.
“Interestingly, the magazine also devoted 9 pages to Cahors wines. These are one of my tips for wine lovers”
England features on the list with a Sussex sparkling, Sugrue Pierre 2010, from the South Downs. Italy, meanwhile, had a total of 10 wines in the top 50.
Interestingly, the magazine also devoted 9 pages to Cahors wines. These are one of my tips for wine lovers.
In the past decade or so, winegrowers in this part of the Midi-Pyrénées have refined their wines. They looked at the success of Argentinian malbec and have overhauled their own, rather more rustic take on the grape.
Though no Cahors wine made Decanter’s top 50 list this year, it can only be a matter of time. This affordably priced wine is certain to grow and grow in popularity.