France has numerous other wine regions besides the regions listed above. Savoie, Jura, Provence, Cahors, Madiran, Faugeres, Languedoc, Costieres de Nimes and Corsica are but a few. All of these regions have unique wines made with grapes that are often found nowhere else in the world. France's other regions will most certainly reward the wine drinker who seeks out the wines from these distinctive places.
"Dark black, - hence the name. Dry and candied fruits and licorice on the nose. Robust, richly flavored palate with loads of dark plum, raspberry and boysenberry- all backed up by a bold tannic frame. Good mix of five spice and dark chocolate and creamy notes on the finish. Perfect with braised meats or as a chocolate dessert accompaniment. List Price $59.99"
"Deep purple, almost opaque in colour with an expressive nose of black fruits, pepper, cinnamon, spice and violets. A seductive palate of dark hedgerow fruits, very open and welcoming with an explosion of fruit and spice. Mineral undertones."
"Esprit de Flore is a well-balanced wine with a lovely roundness. Red fruits dance from the glass and the tannins are lithe. The finish reveals cranberries, strawberries and the slightest hint of liquorice. Esprit de Flore is easy to drink, and ready to drink now."
"Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish."
"91Pts. Wine Spectator- Plump, with ginger and quince paste notes out front, followed by brioche, pear and fig flavors. Stays juicy through the finish with a toasted hazelnut edge adding a flattering note. Should broaden out a bit more with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2018."
"Jardin d'Hiver means garden of winter. This special wine is a blend of 80% Gros Manseng and 20% Petit Manseng, two indigenous grapes of Gascony. Jardin d'Hiver presents itself with ripe and round tropical flavors which are slightly off-dry. Delightful as an aperitif or with fruits and cheeses."
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. The opaque, ruby colored 2012 Ventoux Nadal is probably the best vintage of this cuvee to date. 45% old vine Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourv?dre. Exotic dark fruits, plum, cracked pepper, spring flowers and distinct minerality. Full-bodied, rich, textured and with fabulous purity, it will have 10-15 years of overall longevity."
"Fresh and forward, with a light salted butter edge to the peach and melon notes. Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 4,000 cases made."
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. Very intense and precise on the nose, offering sweet honey and yellow peach and mango aromas along with super ripe pineapples. The palate is sweet, intense and very elegant, firm yet finely structured and the salty/mineral finish is already dryer than the first attack on the palate. Aging potential of 20+ years."
"89 Wine Spectator Crisp and juicy, featuring concentrated flavors of raspberry, plum and currant, as well as hints of sour cherry. The minerally finish is focused and precise, with some meaty notes."