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"
"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."
"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. 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."
"Straw yellow in colour with green tints. Its fairly strong nose reveals delicate fruitiness and its aromatic palate mixes together notes ranging from roses and spices through to white-fleshed fruit. The palate is very well-balanced, leaving an impression of great freshness. Dry and crisp, Gentil Dopff-Irion unveils subtle mineral notes, translating into purity and freshness. The texture is silky and fine."
"80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Complex nose marrying notes of flowers, truffles, brioche and oak. The mouth is well-balanced with lots of volume but also a hint of acidity, giving the wine a lengthy finish."
"Elegant and fresh, this offers crushed black raspberry and blackberry fruit, delivering hints of ground spice and hot stone. Balanced, with a floral finish. Drink now through 2016."
"This has a soft texture and an attractive apple flavor, with light acidity. Bright and fruity, it's ready to drink, just hinting at pepper and spice on the finish."
"An intense bouquet with floral dominance where the citrus fruit aromas marry remarkably well with the hints of lime and boxtree. On taste, a supple and elegant sensation of fruit and tinging richness. Finally, very aromatic with a marked structure."