Thursday, March 18, 2010

In case you were wondering...

Here is a partial look at what we covered in class yesterday and today. Keep in mind that this is just the framework for the French regions and wines we are studying. We need to learn all this, plus the classification systems for each sub-region, the characteristics of the wines, their pairings, and more. Great fun! (sort of...)

Actually, I am really enjoying the class in spite of the complexity of it all. The wine tastings are very enlightening, and I feel like I might actually have a fighting chance at buying the right wines in the future!

AOC Alsace
(labeled by varietal; wines must be 100% of the labeled varietal)
Permitted Grand Cru wine grapes:
Riesling (w)
Gewurtztraminer (w)
Pinot Gris (w)
Muscat (w)
Other wines:
Pinot Noir (r)
Red and Rose
Late Harvest
Vendage Tardive
Selection de Grains Nobles
Sparkling, methode champenoise
Cremant d'Alsace

AOC Champagne
Permitted grapes:
Pinot Noir (r)
Pinot Meunier (r)
Chardonnay (w)
AOC Montagnes de Reims
AOC Cote des Blancs
Non vintage - 15+ months
Vintage - 36+ months
Blanc des Blancs - only Chardonnay
Blanc de Noir - only Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier
Rose - can be all three grapes

AOC Muscadet - light Melon de Bourgogne (w)
AOC Muscadet Sevre et Maine -
Melon de Bourgogne (w)
"Sur lie" - labeled, if left on the lees
AOC Savennieres - dry Chenin Blanc (w)
AOC Vouvray - semidry Chenin Blanc (w)
"Mosseaux" (sparkling) and "Moelleaux"
AOC Chinon - Cabernet Franc (r)
AOC Sancerre - Sauvignon Blanc (w)
AOC Pouilly-Fume - Sauvignon Blanc (w)

Northern Rhone
AOC Hermitage - Syrah (r)
AOC Crozes-Hermitage - Syrah (r)
AOC Cote Rotie - Syrah (r)
AOC St. Joseph - Syrah (r)
AOC Condrieu - Viognier (w)

Southern Rhone
AOC Chateauneuf du Pape - GMS/13 variety
blend (r)
AOC Tavel - Rose GMS/other blend (r,w)
AOC Beaumes de Venise
AOC Muscat de Beaumes de Venise - Muscat,
botrytis/late harvest

AOC Burgundy
AOC Chablis - very light Chardonnay (w)
AOC Cote d'Or
AOC Cote de Nuits - Pinot Noir (r)
AOC Vosne Romanee
Romanee Conti - Grand Cru
AOC Gevrey Chambertin
Le Chambertin - Grand Cru
AOC Cote de Beaune - Pinot Noir (r) and
Chardonnay (w)
AOC Meursault - oaked Chardonnay (w)
AOC Aloxe-Corton - oaked Chardonnay (w)
Corton Charlemagne - Grand Cru
AOC Puligny-Montrachet -
oaked Chardonnay (w)
Montrachet - Grand Cru
AOC Chassagne-Montrachet -
oaked Chardonnay (w)
Montrachet - Grand Cru
AOC Volnay - Pinot Noir (r)
AOC Cote Chalon - Pinot Noir, Gamay (r),
Chardonnay, Aligote (w)
AOC Rully - (various)
AOC Mercury - (various)
AOC Maconnais/Macon - mostly Chardonnay (w)
AOC Puilly-Fuisse - oaked Chardonnay (w)
AOC Macon Villages - unoaked
Chardonnay (w)
AOC Beaujolais - mostly Gamay (r)
AOC Beaujolais Noveau - light
Gamay (r)
AOC Beaujolais-Villages - light
Gamay (r)
AOC Cru Beaujolais - fuller bodied
Gamay (r)
AOC Fleurie
AOC Brouilly
AOC Moulin A Vent
AOC Morgon

AOC Bordeaux
Permitted grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon (r)
Merlot (r)
Cabernet Franc (r)
Malbec, Petite Verdot, some Carmenere (r)
Semillion (w)
Sauvignon Blanc (w)
Left Bank - mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (r)
AOC Graves - dry red, dry white (r,w)
AOC Pessac-Leognon - dry red, dry white (r,w)
AOC Medoc - all dry reds, mostly Cabernet
Sauvignon (r)
AOC Haute-Medoc
AOC Saint-Estephe
AOC Pauillac
AOC Saint-Julian
AOC Margaux
Chateau Margaux - 1er classe
AOC Barsac - botrytis sweet wines
AOC Sauternes - botrytis sweet wines
Chateau d'Yquem - 1er Grand Cru
AOC Entre deux Mers - dry whites, mostly
Semillon (w)
Right Bank - dry reds, mostly Merlot (r)
AOC Pomerol - Merlot (mostly), Cabernet
Franc (r)
AOC St. Emilion - Merlot (mostly), Cabernet
Franc (r)

P.S. Wine pros - if you see any mistakes, please let me know!

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