Nine French wine and spirits producers and merchants from the main wine regions : Languedoc, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Vallee du Rhone, South-West, Armagnac and Rum from Reunion presented 70 wines during this professional tasting! Obviously, I couldn’t possibly taste all seventy, even though I was assured it was not impolite to swirl / sip and spit or empty the glass – that’s the only way to get through such an evening without being sozzled by the end of the two hours! So I did exactly that. Showing you only a handful of my favourites. Remember, it’s a personal taste / choice. The banana rum was KICKASS! ( Photo above ).
The one table that was completely mobbed was Partick Clerget – Patrick was presenting the tasting portions ( and a lot more in some cases! ) to the guests. I think I went back for seconds for the Morgon 2016 – it was beautiful.
Of course, this isn’t my first or second time at the French Ambassador’s residence. I’ve been there, on assignment as a photographer and as a guest many times previously. See #EyesForFrance for photos from all previous features!
And here are links for your to explore further! Whether you’re an importer looking to bring French wines and spirits to India or if you’re a consumer who knows importers!
Distinction Armagnac : Website ( I loved the Royal Riviera Monte Carlo Champagne Brut. )
Jean-Noel Boidron : Website ( The Chateau Corbin Michotte Saint-Emilion Gran Cru 2011-2018 )
Neuf Chateaux Familiaux : Website
Chateau Borde Rouge : Website ( Email is firstname.lastname@example.org )
Les Vignerons D’Estezargues : Website ( Email is email@example.com )
Biodynamic Wine : Website ( Amazing amazing organic wines, especially the Chateauneuf-du-Pape Horse Flowers, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Red, 2015 )
AdVini : Website
Selection Patrick Clerget : Website ( Email firstname.lastname@example.org )
Always lovely to meet Judith, Karina, Magandeep. They are the real wine / spirits experts, not me! I’m a photographer and I LOVE French wines! And lovely to see Chetan after a LONG time! Of course, selfie with the handsome Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.