French Wine Appellations: Vacqueyras to Vouvray Pétillant

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Vacqueyras
Vacqueyras AOC wines come from the southern sector of the Rhône Valley of southeastern France. The reds may be dark, rich, and spicy. They contain at least 50% Grenache and perhaps a wide variety of international and local red grapes. These wines may be cellared for 4 to 12 years. The whites are nondescript. They come from a wide variety of international and local white grapes and may be cellared for 2 to 3 years. The rosés may be fresh and fruity. Their grapes are like their red cousins except that they require a minimum of 60% Grenache. They may be cellared for 2 to 3 years.

Vacqueyras French Wine

Vacqueyras French Wine

Valençy
Valençy AOC wines come from southwest of Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. They achieved AOC status in 2003 and are rarely exported. The light-bodied fragrant reds may very smooth. They are made from 30% to 60% Gamay plus a variety of international red grapes. They may be cellared for 1 to 2 years. The light-bodied, dry, unprentious whites contain a minimum of 70% Sauvignon Blanc plus some of the local Arbois and Chardonnay. Cellar them as the reds. the dry to medium-dry, light-bodied rosés may be quite fruity. The grapes are the same as for the red wines, but the rosés should be consumed at purchase.



Vin de Savoie
Vin de Savoie AOC wines come from the Jura and Savoie wine region of eastern France near the Swiss border. This umbrella classifaction tends to be quite good. Several villages are authorized to add their name to the label. The reds are made from a wide range of grapes, either as blends or varietals. The blends tend to be better. These wines may be cellared for 2 to 8 years. The whites are rich and complex, the best of the appellation. They are made with a wide range of mostly local grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years. The rosés are light and fruity. Grape varieties are the same as for the red wines but you may cellar the rosés for 1 to 3 years.

Vin de Savoie Ayze Pétillant or Mousseux
Vin de Savoie Pétillant or Mousseux AOC wines come from the Jura and Savoie wine region of eastern France near the Swiss border. They tend to be quite good but are rately exported. They are made from several local grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

Vin de Savoie Mousseux
Vin de Savoie Mousseux AOC wines come from the Jura and Savoie wine region of eastern France near the Swiss border. These dry, fruity wines are made by the traditional (Champagne) method. They are made from a wide range of grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 2 years.

Vin de Savoie Pétillant
Vin de Savoie Pétillant AOC wines come from the Jura and Savoie wine region of eastern France near the Swiss border. These dry, fragrant wines are made by the traditional (Champagne) method. They are made from the same grapes as their more bubbly cousins and should be consumed within a year of purchase.

Vins d'Entraygues et du Fel
Vins d'Entraygues et du Fel AOC wines come from the southwestern France wine region. They were promoted to AOC status in 2011. These rare wines are never exported. The light and unpretentionious reds are made from a wide range of red grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 2 years, as are the light, dry rosés. The light, dry whites are made from Chenin Blanc or the local Mauzac grape and should be consumed at purchase.

Vins d'Estaing
Vins d'Estaing AOC wines are neighbords of the above wine and are even more rarely encountered. The light, fruity reds are made from a wide range of red grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years, as are the dry rosés, which should be consumed at purchase. The dry whites are crisp and tangy. They are made from Chenin Blanc or the local Roussellou and Mauzac grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 2 years.

Vinsobres
Vinsobres AOC wines come from the southern sector of the Rhône Valley of southeastern France. These reds are made from at least 50% Grenache and at least 25% Syrah and/or Mourvedre. Interestingly enough, this area used to be devoted to growing olive trees.

Vouvray
Vouvray AOC wines come from Touraine area of the Loire Valley in central France. These whites range from dry to sweet; many of the sweet ones are made from grapes attacked by the "noble rot" are may be excellent. These wines are mostly made from Chenin Blanc but may also contain the local Arbois grape. Cellar most of them for 2 to 3 years, the sweet ones may be cellared for up to 50 years.

Vouvray Mousseux
Vouvray Mousseux AOC wines come from Touraine area of the Loire Valley in central France. These sparkling whites are made from overripe grapes and range from dry to sweet by the traditional (Champagne) method. They are made from Chenin Blanc and the local Arbois grape. Cellar most of them for 2 to 3 years, cellar vintage brut and sec for 3 to 5 years, and vintage demi-sec for 5 to 7 years.

Vouvray Pétillant
Vouvray Pétillant AOC wines come from Touraine area of the Loire Valley in central France. These rare, medium- to full-bodied fizzy whites are made from Chenin Blanc and the local Arbois grape. Drink them young.

      
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