French Wine Appellations: L'Étoile to Lirac

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L'Étoile
L'Étoile AOC wines come from the Jura region of eastern France near the Swiss border. These are light, dry whites whose aromas evoke indigenous alpine herbs. Made from Chardonnay, and the local Poulsard and Savagnin grapes, they may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

L'Étoile Mousseux
L'Étoile Mousseux AOC wines come from the Jura region of eastern France near the Swiss border. These light, dry whites sparklers are made by the traditional (Champagne) method. They are also made from Chardonnay, and the local Poulsard and Savagnin grapes, and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.



Limoux French Wine

Limoux French Wine

Limoux
Limoux AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. The reds are relatively new, first introduced in 2004. They contain a minimum of 50% Merlot plus a wide variety of other international red grapes. Red Limous may be cellared for 3 to 6 years. The whites contain a minimum of 15% Mauzac, plus Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. These wines may be cellared for 1 to 2 years. Limoux was the first French AOC wine to require barrel fermentation.

Lirac
Lirac AOC wines come from the southern section of the Rhône Valley in southeastern France. The reds are plummy and spicy. They are made with a minimum of 40% Grenache and some other international and local red grapes. These wines may be cellared for 4 to 10 years. The dry, fragrant whites are made from a variety of mostly local grapes. The rosés require a minimum of 40% Grenache and use mostly the same grapes as the whites. Avoid whites and rosés brimming with Clairette. Go for better grapes such as Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. These wines may be cellared for 1 to 3 years. Limoux was the first French AOC wine to require barrel fermentation.

      
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