Family-made favourites

Family-made favourites

Dani Saveker, chief executive of Families in Business Ltd, samples a white Sauvignon Blanc and a red Cotes du Rhone Villages

French wine producers boast some of the worlds oldest family owned businesses. The Château de Goulaine vineyard was established in the year 1000 and is listed as the world’s third oldest family business. It’s certainly fair to suggest that there is a strong heritage built on traditional family values. Of course that’s not to say they all get along!

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc Loire 2012

I’m very much a red wine drinker but the first thing that struck me about the Petit Bourgeois was the aroma.

As the chilled wine poured into my glass you could pick up the wonderful rich citrus scent. Extremely fresh and lively, the wine would be a beautiful accompaniment to fish, chicken and pork dishes particularly if served with rich sauces as the wine would cut through
and cleanse the palate.

It’s certainly crisp and has a slight acidic taste and although personally I’d not choose it as an aperitif I can understand how some would.

Sauvignon Blanc means “Wild White” and I’d say that this wine lives up to that beautifully, along with a heritage and reliability of such an established French wine-maker. My rating would be 3.5/5; Henri Bourgeois is family owned and has been passed through ten generations of wine growers.

Domaine de la Bastide 2012 Visan Cotes du Rhone Villages

Now red wine is much more my personal choice and I certainly enjoy a nice glass, or two, of Cotes du Rhone. This particular wine therefore was one I looked forward to.

Having allowed it to suitably breathe – as I was taught/instructed by my father - I must say I was not let down in any way. Full bodied, rich with an inviting scent almost like dark chocolate. This is a smooth yet peppery wine with character; Intense and deep in colour, with a wealth of ripe fruit running through it.

It’s a sophisticated and enjoyable drink which would work with everything from roast dinners to tender steak – although I enjoyed it simply as a drink on its own. As a frequent visitor to Serre Chevalier, a ski resort in the Hautes-Alpes region of the French Alps, this wine reminded me of many a happy evening eating a traditional Tartiflette dish and leisurely sipping a glass of Cotes du Rhone.

What better way to finish a day on the slopes? My rating would be 4.5/5; Bernard and Nicole Boyer founded their family business in 1989, both came from families steeped in the wine making tradition, and it continues in the safe hands of their youngest son Vincent.

Henri Bourgeois Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc Loire 2012 - £10.00.
Domaine de la Bastide 2012 Visan Cotes du Rhone Villages - £8.80.

Wines were kindly donated by Connolly’s Wine Merchants and can be brought from stores: Dovehouse, Connolly’s Wine Merchants Ltd, 379 – 381 Warwick Road, Olton, Solihull, B91 1BQ Tel: 0121 709 3734

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