For lovers of French wine, try these flavour­ful sip­pers

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This week’s rec­om­men­da­tions are de­li­cious wines from France.

Do­maine Ber­thet-Rayne Chateauneufdu-Pape Blanc 2016-2017

Rhone Val­ley, France

Three stars

Châteauneuf-du-Pape usu­ally means full-bod­ied, heady reds based on gre­nache. The whites are also ro­bust and full-bod­ied, as is this beauty from wine­maker Chris­tian Ber­thet-Rayne. Scents of jas­mine and beeswax, and the spice of gin­ger make this wine en­tranc­ing. It’s a blend of or­ganic clairette, bour­boulenc, gre­nache blanc and rous­sanne. I tasted the 2016; the im­porter is now sell­ing the 2017, though both vin­tages may still be avail­able. Al­co­hol by vol­ume: 14 per cent.

Do­maine de la Denante Mâ­con-Davayé 2017

Bur­gundy, France

Two and a half stars

This de­li­cious red is made from old-vines ga­may, the grape of beau­jo­lais. It is rather earth­ier and more rus­tic than its south­ern neigh­bour, a re­sult of the lime­stone soils there com­pared to gran­ite in Beau­jo­lais.

Don’t cel­lar this; it’s meant more as an ev­ery­day house wine. En­joy it with braised meat dishes and cold weather. ABV: 13 per cent.

Do­maine du Mont Epin Ma­con-Peronne 2016

Bur­gundy, France

Two and a half stars

Chardon­nay shines in the Ma­con­nais, and Do­maine du Mont Épin doesn’t dis­ap­point with this racy white that com­bines fruit, flow­ers and min­er­als in its flavour pro­file. ABV: 13 per cent.

Camille Cayran L’Ele­gante Cairanne 2016

Rhone Val­ley, France

Two and a half stars

Cairanne is a vil­lage in the Rhone Val­ley with its own ap­pel­la­tion, giv­ing the wines greater sta­tus than Côtes-du-Rhone. These tend to be some­what brawny, with an ap­peal­ing rus­tic­ity. This ex­am­ple by Camille Cayran, cer­ti­fied or­ganic, lives up to its name with an at­trac­tive el­e­gance and pol­ish. It’s a blend of gre­nache, syrah, carig­nan and mourve­dre. ABV: 14.5 per cent.

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