We’ve put together a Tour de France wine selection, to give our customers the opportunity to tour France in 6 bottles. Part of the magic of the tour de France is that it winds its way through the chosen small towns and villages of France; each one proud to host (for a moment or two) the greatest bicycle race on earth. Here we take our very own Tour de France - stopping by the small producers and villages that we are proud to offer on 31DOVER.com. Each wine selected to be part of our route, each wine displaying unique qualities in a crowded wine world.
In the Loire, riders pass winding rivers, ornate châteaux with formal gardens and vineyards, and fields upon fields of fruit and veg - the area is known as the ‘garden of France’. It’s also home to some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world. This gooseberry-scented fresh-tasting Pouilly-Fumé is delicious with the regional rillettes, a tasty potted pork.
Burgundy and Champagne - vineyards everywhere! Food round here tends to be very meat-heavy, and features snails and goat. Our wine for this region is a prestigious Burgundy dripping with ripe dark fruit and a silky smooth finish. An absolute perfect match for the local rich, creamy goat cheeses.
Our Lucie & Sébastien Champagne is a fresh-filled celebration of everything Champagne should be: scents of brioche, vanilla and citrus fruit. And with £10 off at the mo, it’s stunning value.
The Rhone Valley reaches from the foothills of the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, so there’s a massive variation in landscapes for the Tour de France to pass through and a matching variety of food and dishes. The local city of Lyon considers itself the food capital of France (and therefore the universe), and among other things is very proud of its ‘silk weaver’s brain’ - fresh white cheese mixed up with herbs, shallots, olive oil and vinegar. Our Côtes du Rhônes wine selection is better suited to punchy Provençal flavours, as it comes from further south towards the Med, and tastes of sumptuous blackberries.
‘The Pays d’Oc’ means ‘the country where people say ‘oc’’. Oc means ‘yes’ in the local language of the South of France, while people in the north always said ‘oui’. After the flats and seafood of the Med, riders started their climb into the Pyrenees, heading north. We recommend this fantastic white from the Pays d’Oc to cool off.
A cosmopolitan and buzzing city of opulent architecture, Bordeaux throbs with a colourful youth culture. It’s pretty much on the beach, so seafood - especially oysters - are eaten everywhere, along with meat in red wine sauces. Around the city, cyclists will enjoy the flat terrain and miles of vineyards, each with its own little château.