French Wine Appellations: St.-Chinian to Sancerre

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French Wine Appellations: St.-Chinian to Sancerre
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Saint-Chinian
Saint-Chinian AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. These Bordeaux-like reds and rosés are based on a range of local and international red grapes. The reds may be cellared for 2 to 6 years; the rosés for half the time. If the price is right, give them a chance.

Saint-Chinian French Wine

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Saint-Drézéry
Saint-Drézéry AOC wines come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southeastern France. They follow the rules for Coteaux de Languedoc AOC wines, which means a lot of Grenache. The S-D may be avoided.

Saint-Joseph
Saint-Joseph AOC wines come from the northern sector of the Rhône Valley region in central France. The best reds are medium- to full-bodied and have plenty of fruit. They are made from the region's signature red grape, Syrah, plus up to 10% Marsanne and Roussanne, both fine local white grapes. They may be cellared for 1 to 3 years. Although these wines are do not come cheap, with luck you can get a bargain.


Saint-Nicholas-de-Bourgueil
Saint-Nicholas-de-Bourgueil AOC wines come from the Touraine area in the Loire Valley region of central France. These medium-bodied reds are very dry or dry. They are made from Cabernet Franc with a maximum of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cellar them for 5 to 6 years before drinking. The relatively rare rosés are dry, medium-bodied and fruity. The grapes are the same as their red cousins. Drink them upon purchase.

Saint-Péray
Saint-Péray AOC wines come from the northern sector of the Rhône Valley region in central France. These whites are fruity but of questionable quality, or rosé and are made from Grenache (Grenache Blanc for the whites) and even though they are made from Marsanne and Roussanne, both fine local white grapes. They may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

Saint-Péray Mousseux
Saint-Péray Mousseux AOC wines come from the northern sector of the Rhône Valley region in central France. These whites of questionable quality, or rosé and are made from Grenache (Grenache Blanc for the whites) and even though they are made from Marsanne and Roussanne, both fine local white grapes.

Saint-Pourçain
Saint-Pourçain AOC wines come from the Loire Valley region of central France. They achieved the AOC designation in 2009, but these vineyards predate the Romans. The wines are dry and light- to medium-bodied. The reds and rosés are thirst-quenching, and some of the whites are crisp. The reds and rosés are mostly Gamay and Pinot Noir, the whites allow local varieties as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All colors may be cellared for 1 to 2 years.

Saint-Sardos
Saint-Sardos AOC wines come from the Saint-Sardos village in southwest France. They achieved this designation in 2011. These full-bodied wines reds and rosés (the reds are very tannic) are made from Syrah, Tannat, and Cabernet Franc. The whites may be dry or sweet and are made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.

Sancerre
Sancerre AOC wines come from the Central Vineyards sector in the Loire Valley region of central France. The reds are dry, light- to medium-bodied floral wines made from Pinot Noir grapes. The rosés are dry, light-bodied, and fruity. They are also made from Pinot Noir grapes. Most people think white when they hear Sancerre. These Sauvignon Blancs are intensely fruity, sometimes. Cellar the reds for 2 to 3 years, the rosés for up to 18 months, and the whites for 1 to 3 years.

      
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