French Wine Appellations: Cabardès to Châtillon-en-Diois

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Cabardès
Cabardès AOC wines come from the area near Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. These wines may be red or rosé and are made from Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes. The best reds resemble Bordeaux wines. When these wines were promoted to AOC status in 1999 lower quality local grapes were no longer allowed.

Cabernet d'Anjou
Cabernet d'Anjou AOC wines come from the Anjour-Saumur area of the Loire Valley of central France. These sometimes sweet rosés are made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and should not be cellared.

Cabernet de Saumur French Wine

Cabernet de Saumur French Wine

Cabernet de Saumur
Cabernet de Saumur AOC wines come from the Anjour-Saumure area of the Loire Valley of central France. These delicate, sometimes sweet rosés are made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and should not be cellared. The Cabernet de Saumurs may call themselves Cabernet de Anjou (but not vice versa). As a general rule, look for the Saumurs first.


Cahors
Cahors AOC wines come from southwestern France. This is known as a reliable appellation. Cahors wines give you the Bordeaux taste at a lower price. They are made form Malbec (70% minimum), Merlot, and Tannat and may be cellared, perhaps for a dozen years.

Cassis
Cassis AOC wines come from the Provence region of southeastern France. They tend to be overpriced. They may be red, white, or rosé and are made from a variety of international and local grapes. Quality varies, and some of the whites are quite good.

Champagne
Champagne come from the wine region of the same name in northeastern France. This sometimes spectacular, and sometimes pedestrian, bubbly wine is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir grapes. Enjoy!

Château Chalon
Château Chalon AOC wines come from the northern part of the Jura region of eastern France near the Swiss border. They are examples of vins jaunes and may be an acquired taste. They should be consumed old, and may be cellared for 100 years. These white wines are made from the local Savagnin grape.

Château-Grillet
Château-Grillet AOC wine comes from the northern part of the Rhône Valley region of southeastern France. It is made from the white Viognier grape by a single winery from vineyards occupying less than 10 acres (less than 4 hectares.) This wine is best when cellared for 10 years or more.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC wines come from the southern part of the Rhône Valley region of southeastern France. The wide variety of grapes are grown in exceptionally stony soil. The reds may be cellared for 6 to 25 years while the whites are usually cellared for one to three years.

Châtillon-en-Diois
Châtillon-en-Diois AOC wines come from the northern part of the Rhône Valley region of southeastern France. They may be red, white, or rosé and are made from several varieties of usually international grapes. The whites are better than the reds.

      
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