Les Vins du Tour

Ok, so this is limited to the French wines of Le Tour, because I own French Wine for Dummies by Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan, but nothing on Spanish or Swiss wines.  I hope some PdCers can help fill in, otherwise there will be some seriously thirsty gaps . . .


Forgive my lack of accents.  I'm not keystroke literate.  

Stage 1 (Sat, Jul 4):  Monaco to Monaco

Monaco is not in France.  Next.


Stage 2 (Sun, Jul 5):  Monaco to Brignoles

Cotes de Provence.  You'll want a rose.


Stage 3 (Mon, Jul 6):  Marseilles to La Grande Motte

I do thank the organizers for this jaunt along the south coast:  Cotes de Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Les Baux de Provence, Cassis, Palette, Clairette de Bellegarde, Costieres de Nimes.  I bought a Costieres de Nimes rose a couple of years ago that was startlingly dry.  At the first sip, I was disappointed that I wasn't going to like it.  By the third sip, it was my favorite wine.  Sooo good with cheese and even held its own against sharp cheddar.  I will NEVER cease to rue that I forgot to write down its name.


Stage 4 (Tue, Jul 7):  Montpellier to Montpellier

Choices for today:  Pic Saint-Loup (robust red) or the sweet Muscat de Mireval.


Stage 5 (Wed, Jul 8):  Le Cap D'Agde to Perpignan

Ooh la la !  Picpoul de Pinet, St. Chinian, Corbieres, Fitou, Minervois, Muscat de St-Jean-de-Minervois, Cotes du Roussillon, Cotes du Rousillon Villages, Banyuls, Collioure, Maury, Rivesaultes, Muscat de Rivesaltes.


Stage 6 (Thu, Jul 9):  Gerone to Barcelone

no hablo espanol


Stage 7 (Fri, Jul 10):  Barcelone to Andorre Arcalis

Je voudrais du vin, si'l vous plait.


Stage 8 (Sat, Jul 11):  Andorre-La Vielle to Saint Girons

There is wine in the Pyrenees (though I've never come across any of them in my favorite store in CA), but not here.


Stage 9 (Sun, Jul 12):  Saint-Gaudens to Tarbes

Nope.  Not here either.


Stage 10 (Tue, Jul 14):  Limoges to Issoudun

Parcours comes close enough to Quincy or Reuilly to count.


Stage 11 (Wed, Jul 15):  Vatan to Saint-Fargian

Today they actually go through Quincy and Reuilly.  Also, through or near Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois, and Pouilly-sur-Loire.  But you'll most likely find a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume.  Sauvignon Blanc done to perfection!


Stage 12 (Thu, Jul 16):  Tonnerre to Vittel

You could go with Champagne from the Aube or with Chablis.  I love Chablis from Chablis.  Minerally white that thankfully bears no resemblance to the crap that can be bought in large jugs in CA.  The first time I drank it was for the stage to Compiegne in 2007 when Tony popped off the front of the peloton in the last k to outsprint the pack to his second stage win.  And he was on my TdF VDS team!  I love Chablis.


Stage 13 (Fri, Jul 17):  Vittel to Colmar

The heart of Alsace:  Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Tokay Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Cremant d'Alsace


Stage 14 (Sat, Jul 18):  Colmar to Besancon

Finish your bottle from yesterday.


Stage 15 (Sun, Jul 19):  Pontarlier to Verbier

Like Maggie, I have difficulty translating Swiss accents.


Stage 16 (Tue, Jul 21):  Martigny to Bourg-Saint-Maurice



Stage 17 (Wed, Jul 22):  Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand Bornand

The Alps may be good for cycling, but they are not so good for wine.


Stage 18 (Thu, Jul 18):  Annecy to Annecy

Annecy, ah, non.


Stage 19 (Fri, Jul 24):  Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas

The Rhone!  Beautiful reds at much better prices than Burgundies:  Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Cornas (the first 3 also make whites).  Also, Saint-Peray or Clairette de Die if you like sparkling wines.


Stage 20 (Sat, Jul 25):  Montelimar to Mont Ventoux

You could go with Coteaux du Tricastin, Cotes de Vivarais, or Cotes du Rhone Villages, but there is only one wine for today - Cotes du Ventoux!


Stage 21 (Sun, Jul 26):  Montereau-Fault-Yonne to Paris

No wine regions, but no matter.  Champagne is the vin du jour.  Try to find a blanc de noirs - they are extra yellow.



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