The Tour de France 2021 is currently on and travels through a number of different French regions. To complement it, we asked French wine and spirits importers which drinks they recommend that come from one of the regions crossed in the Tour de France 2021. Find their answers below.
They are original, to be drunk chilled on ice or with soda. These aperitifs are perfect for an afternoon with friends!
For the stage around Muret, in the South-West, don’t miss the incredible Armagnac Darroze! The Grands Assemblages in particular are perfect discoveries for those who do not yet know Armagnac. For connoisseurs, the 20, 30 and even 60 year olds are rare gems, perfect for long evenings in front of “Le Tour”! Maybe even with a square of Valrhona dark chocolate.
Already in Roman times, people drank aniseed wine mixed with plants. At the end of the 19th century, absinthe, a popular aniseed drink, became the number one drink in France. But the First World War sounded the death knell for this emblematic aperitif, and banned any alcohol over 16 degrees.
However, the habit of aniseed-flavoured drinks, mixed with water, persisted. In 1920, the French government authorised aniseed-flavoured drinks up to 30 degrees of alcohol. The first pastis officially appeared in 1932 and it was during this post-war period, with the arrival of paid holidays, that this aniseed-flavoured drink took on the connotation of “holiday drinks” and became the favourite aperitif of the French.
Annie Gasparre from Single Vineyards shares her wine recommendation for the Tour de France.
Which wine do you recommend from one of the regions the Tour de France 2021 goes through and why?
The rosé bio La Résistance 2019 is a beautiful light pink, with delicate aromas of soft summer fruits. Full flavoured, refreshing on the palate with a lingering finish of ripe raspberries. Delicious as an aperitif. Perfect accompaniment to starters, salads and barbecues.
What would you serve with this wine?
Asparagus, prosciutto and creamy brie.
What’s your favourite stage of the Tour de France? Which drink would you choose?
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We are in the final week of the Tour de France 2020 and a number of businesses around Australia have Tour de France themed offers which you’ll find below. But these offers end this week so get on your bike!
TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 WINE OFFERS
ONLINE WINE TASTING
French Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) – Thursday 17 September
Wine tasting and sommelier experience by Michel Chapoutier himself (live from France), Tour de France stories by Gabriel Gaté and Christophe Mallet. They will also have the exclusive participation of Anna Meares the most decorated female track cyclist of all time. And of course… lots of prizes to win during the live from FACCI’s ovely sponsors Avène, Groupe SEB, L’Occitane and Le Creuset in the spirit of the “Caravane du tour”.
Each registrant will have the pleasure to receive a box, worth $99, containing one of each of the following bottle of FACCI sponsor M. Chapoutier *:
2017 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes ‘La Combe Pilate’
2019 Cotes de Provence, Roumery Rose
2018 Cotes du Roussillon Villages, ‘l’Esquerada’
Six lucky participants will have the chance to win some lovely surprises:
A Solar hamper bag from FACCI sponsor Avène
A hamper bag from L’Occitane filled with lovely products from the brand.
A copy of ‘Now’, the amazing autobiographical book of Anna Meares.
A Tefal Optigrill Elite Smart Grill from Groupe SEB.
A Le Creuset Set of four red wine glasses
A Le Creuset Set which includes a set of four Stoneware Pasta Bowls in the new colour Fig as well as a set of four wine glasses.
TOUR DE FRANCE WINE PACKS: DELIVERY AUSTRALIA-WIDE
Two French wine importers have designed Tour de France themed wine packs.
For $199 instead of their usual retail of $251.50, you will receive 6 wines and champagne from the Tour de France regions: Champagne, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Bergerac, Fronton, and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh.
In DiscoverVin’s Taste the Tour pack you will find:
Achille Princier Grande Reserve Champagne NV
Château Beychevelle Grand Bateau blanc 2014
Lupé-Cholet Domaine du Bois des Chênes Beaujolais-Villages 2017
Tour des Gendres, Le Classique Rouge 2014 Biodynamic
Château Bouissel, Le Bouissel 2011 Organic
Collection Plaimont Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2014 (500mls)*
*This bottle can be swapped out for a bottle of Grand Bateau or Beaujolais – just make a note of your preference in the “Message” section at the checkout.
This week, Bon Ap’ has put together a menu you could easily have enjoyed in a little corner bistro in Paris before going to the theatre.
From a culinary perspective, Parisian food with its many restaurants offers traditional French foods from all over France.
Menu du jour
Stage 4 – Paris & the Champs Elysées
“Free Bon ap dark chocolate, sea salt & almond tablet with the following order: ”
entrée + main + cheese $46
main + cheese + dessert $46
entrée + main + cheese + dessert $56
Oeuf mimosa, pomme a l’huile, petite salade
devilled egg & potatoes bathed in a gentle vinaigrette
Entrecôte, poêle de haricot vert aux échalotes et champignons de Paris, 1941 Cafe de Paris Butter
Pre-grilled Porterhouse steak, sauteed green beans with shallots and button mushrooms, 1941 Cafe de Paris Butter
“Created by Freddy Dumont in 1941 and served in the restaurant Cafe de Paris this herb / spice butter was an instant success. So much that it was almost impossible to get into the restaurant for years”
Brie de Meaux, confiture de cerise noire, croutons
Double cream Brie, black cherry jam, crackers
Tarte Bourdaloue, sirop vin rouge & 5 epices
Traditional Almond cream & poached pear tart, red wine & 5 spices syrup
Pre-order your dish by Wednesday 16th of September (included) for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday pickup or home delivery.
Those dishes can be picked up early during the day and warmed up at home!
Each weekend of the Tour de France, Gateaux by Marc Frissard has been selling a special French treat from the region the cyclists are passing through. For the final week of the tour, it’s Paris and on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September, Marc Frissard will be selling chouquettes.
Follow the Tour de France with your tastebuds at Bistro Rex.
Each of the five main regions of 2020 Tour de France have been represented with a dish, created by Bistro Rex’s co-head chefs Jo Ward & Matt Green. Matched with a glass of wine from the same region, selected by its sommelier.
For this final week of the Tour, Bistro Rex brings you two different special dishes.
Bistro Rex has also created a cocktail which is available throughout the Tour de France.
Toast the race during your visit to Bistro Rex with a Grand Colombier cocktail. It may be named after one of the most challenging climbs on the tour, but they assure you it’s an easy elixir to throw back. With passionfruit and yellow chartreuse this cocktail is a welcome start to a lovely long dining experience – No leg cramps guaranteed!