Tour De France 2018: Wine Tour
As the 2018 Tour De France is upcoming,we would like to help you enjoy watching the race with our fun wine pairings. Join us for Pierre Hourlier’s tour of France's wine regions with recommendations from the Champagne region, the Sud Ouest, the Rhône Valley, the Loire Valley, Languedoc, and Roussillon. Each wine has been handpicked by Pierre and Jean Pierre and showcases the region it represents. You can enjoy these long after the Tour has passed through!
Map created by The Map Archive
Domaine Bardon, which is located approximately 200 km from the La Roche Sur Yon checkpoint for the Tour De France, also provides the perfect wines to start your Tour De France Wine Tour! Although the distance from the vineyard to the track seems far, the total race is 3329 km.
Domaine Chamfort, Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley
As Carcassonne is the rest day for the cyclists, we draw to the Minervois for our wine tour. Being located approximately 25 km away from the town center.
Domaine Pierre Cros is the perfect pairing for the Tour De France rest day, because the wines are bold and full of energy. As an ex rugby player, Cros is known for his concentration. Les Aspres regularly wins the coveted three-star award from Guide Hachette, and Pierre also produces a stunning red wine, aptly named 'Tradition'. Some of his vines were planted as far back as 1905, and the results are no less than historic - look out in particular, for his 'Vieilles Vignes', made from the Carignan grape. On top of his classics Monsieur Cros is a experimental wine genius continually pushing the boundaries with a wine making 'savoir faire'. His wines certainly live to the Languedoc motto "where creativity meets diversity".
Also located in the Minervois, is Domaine Sicard, which produces a beautiful fruity red wine. With a vineyard of over 40 hectares, Philippe Sicard, decided to put his families winemaking into commercial use, however only producing a small number of wines. The vineyard is mainly made up of the Carignan grape, which is used to produce his red wines. The red wine we stock is the Sicard red, and it is a fruity, mainly made up of Grenache, with a true 'raspberry' flavour and taste on the palette.
Domaine Horgelus, Cotes de Gascogne, Sud Ouest
Pau, which shares the 18th stage with Trie Sur Baise is slightly further north west.
The Cotes de Gascogne appellation is ideal for the end of the 18th stage because the wines are heavier than the Gallic wines, and so won't get lost in their flavours. Cotes de Gascogne is also located around 100 km away from Pau, which is about the distance from Pau to Trie Sur Baise by road.
Domaine Horgelus is our favourite producer from this appellation, producing a range of quality red, white and rose wines at good value. The Domain was created in 1978 by Joseph Le Menn. Breton by origin, he was attracted by the charm of the South West, its gastronomy and its art of living. The Domaine is run now by Yoan Le Menn, his son. Yoan is from the young generation of oenologues who know perfectly how to combine modernity and experience.
What better way to celebrate, than with champagne! We have decided to include our Casters Liebart champagne to end our Wine Tour, celebrating the Tour de France. Although Champagne is over 144 km from Paris, we think our champagne is great for celebrating the end of a 23 day and 3329 km race!
The Casters Liebart vineyard is located in the Village of Damery near Epernay on the edge of the river Marne, in the Champagne Region. The vineyard has been managed for 5 generations of winegrowers, with the ethos of maintaining high quality is reflected in their exclusive production of only a few thousand bottles, whilst also sticking to traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.