by Paige Donner
If you missed the Foire Aux Vins at Leader Price or any of the other Casino Géant affiliate chains such as c-Discount or FranPrix these past few weeks here in France, not to worry. There are still great wines at surprisingly good prices to be had at Leader Price. So now’s the time to stock up for your holiday guests and special dinners.
These following wines are just a few of Jean Pierre Coffe’s favorite picks, the last selection the celebrated brand ambassador made with his wine buying team before passing away earlier this year.
AOC Crémant Bourgogne brut blanc Marsigny €5.40 – lovely and fruity
AOC Crémant d’Alsace brut Henri Peter – balanced €5.59
AOC Pacherenc de Vic Bilh Douw – Selection de Vieux Pays 2015 – €9.50
(Note: If you’re a newbie to Pacherenc AOC but love sweet wines, this is a real jewel of a find. Candied fruit, lemon hints, peach confiture).
AOC Gaillac Doux Blanc Château Les Méritz 2014 – €6.95
(This is a blend of Muscadelle 20%, Mauzac 20% and Loin de l’oeil 60%. Ample and rich. )
AOC Médoc Rouge Les Chevaux de Patache d’Aux 2012 – €6.50
(Surprising for a Bordeaux, you can drink this young as in now. Soft, supple and fruity. Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Cab Franc 7%, Petit Verdot 3%.)
AOC Montagny Blanc 2014 – €6.95
(This Burgundy white has a brilliant hue whose nose offers exotic fruits with hints of citrus and floral. Nice round structure to accompany your meals.)
AOC Saumur Rouge Puy Notre Dame Chateau d’Eternes 2012 – €28 for case of 6
(100% Cab Franc in keeping with its geographical profile of the Loire Valley. Black and deep red fruits with a delicate hint of spice. Perfect pairing for heartier Autumn meals. )
AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages – Laudun blanc Le Sauvage €4.95
(Most people think of deep, rich reds when you say Côtes du Rhône. But with this white you’re in for a pleasant surprise. White flowers and citrus on the nose give way to a delicate and long finish in mouth, hints of pear. )
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