The Tour de France 2021: in drinks

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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.

Tour de France 2021 in drinks

Airoldi Fine Wines

Daniel Airoldi from Airoldi Fine Wines shares his wine recommendation for the Tour de France 2021

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Which wine do you recommend from one of the regions crossed by the Tour de France 2021 and why?

As I am from the region, I recommend a St-Emilion Grand Cru, the Château La Fleur Penin 2018 which is a delicious wine and the cyclists will pass right by it!


What would you serve with this wine?

What else but a good leg of duck confit with small Sarladaise potatoes!


Cerbaco & Spirits of France

Emmanuel Condé shares his drinks recommendations for the Tour de France 2021.


Which spirit or liqueur do you recommend from one of the regions crossed by the Tour de France 2021 and why?


The Apéritifs Dolin de Savoie, made in Chambéry, just West of Tignes, are perfect for the rest day scheduled for 5 July!


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.



Le Plonque

Margot from Le Plonque shares her wine recommendations inspired by the Tour de France 2021


If the Tour de France were a tour of vineyards with the Plonque it would be:


Le Plonque champagne Tour de France 2021Champagne: Remy Massin Brut Rosé

A dry and fruity Champagne, perfect for an apéro or a dessert or simply to celebrate a happy event!


Loire : Domaine de Clayou Cabernet Franc

A red which is easy to drink and which can be can be enjoyed slightly chilled in hot weather. It goes so well with a cheese board.


Bourgogne: Domaine Frédéric Magnien Coeur de Pierre

A qualitative and delicious Chardonnay, we love its vanilla and butter notes that remind us of fresh croissants from the bakery.


Vallée du Rhône: Terre de Sy 2015 

A 100% Syrah with aromas of red fruit and chocolate, long on the palate and reminiscent of the South.


Languedoc: Domaine de St Benezet Viognier Sensation

A rich white with intense fruit and floral aromas reminiscent of the south of France.


Tour de France 2021Bordeaux: Château Sansonnet 2014

As the Tour de France passes through Saint Emilion, we had to recommend this wine. A great vintage, a jewel, a delight from the Bordeaux region.


Mind Spirits & Co

Mikael Gillard shares his drinks recommendations for the Tour de France 2021.


Tour de France 2021 - pastisA little complex Pastis for the Tour de France…

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.


Single Vineyards

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?


If you like French wine, you might like these articles:

International Rosé Day 2021: 11 things you may not know about rosé

#DrinkChenin Day 2021: all about chenin and which to drink

International Chardonnay Day 2021: the grape, the wines and which ones to drink

International Cabernet Franc Day is today!

It’s International Cabernet Sauvignon Day today!

Marselan: A French grape you’re more likely to find in China than in France


If you prefer spirits and liqueurs:

World Gin Day: it’s more French than you might think

Cognac Day 2021: which cognacs to drink?

Chartreuse Day – only 2 monks know the recipe! 



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The Tour de France 2020: 8 themed offers to celebrate the Tour

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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!

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French Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) – Thursday 17 September

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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.

Two French wine importers have designed Tour de France themed wine packs.


Airoldi Fine Wines


DISCOUNT: Use the code Marseillaise for a 20% discount on all of your orders from Airoldi Fine Wines.

Airoldi Fine Wines has three different Tour de France packs on offer, named after each week of the Tour.


In the Week One pack you’ll find:

  • Mas d’Espanet ‘Eolienne Blanc’ (Picpoul, Grenache Blanc, Viognier), Languedoc
  • Château Simone Blanc (Clairette, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, etc…), AOC Palette
  • Château Minuty Rosé & Or (Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren), Côtes de Provence
  • Domaine de Viranel “Arômes Sauvages” (Alicante-Bouschet), Languedoc
  • Domaine Guillaume Armand G. de Sommières, (Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah) Languedoc
  • Château Simone Rouge (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, etc…), AOC Palette, Provence


Price: $245 and free delivery. Purchase it here


The Week 2 pack contains:

  • NV Domaine Jean-Perrier & Fils Crémant de Savoie (Chardonnay, Jacquère) 750ml
  • 2014 Château Lespault-Martillac (Semillon-Sauvignon), Bordeaux 750ml
  • 2018 Pépé’s Béret Sauvignon Blanc, Gascony 750ml
  • 2017 Domaine Jean-Perrier & Fils Roussette de Savoie (Altesse) 750ml
  • 2016 Château La Reyne “Préstige” (Malbec), Cahors 750ml
  • 2015 Château Fourcas-Hosten (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot), Bordeaux 750ml

Price: $195 with free delivery. Purchase the week 2 pack here:


The week 3 pack is comprised of:

  • NV Champagne Le Brun de Neuville Authentique Blanc de Blanc (Chardonnay) 750ml
  • NV Champagne Le Brun de Neuville Authentique Assemblage (Chardonnay – Pinot Noir) 750ml
  • 2016 La Manufacture Chablis (Chardonnay) 750ml
  • 2017 La Manufacture Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir) 750ml
  • 2017 Domaine Capuano-Ferreri Chassagne-Montrachet “Cuvée Préstige” (Chardonnay) 750ml
  • 2017 Domaine Michel Noëllat Morey St-Denis (Pinot Noir) 750ml

Price: $399 with free delivery. Purchase the week 3 pack here:



We previously told you all about the DiscoverVin Taste the Tour pack here.

Tour de France 2020

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.


Purchase your DiscoverVin Taste the Tour pack here





Bistro Gitan

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For the final week of the Tour de France, Chef Jacques Reymond has curated a very special menu to represent the best of the Alps .


Hamper is available in two sizes:

  • Couples Hamper serves two $125
  • Family Hamper serves four $200


Raclette cheese (GF)

Charcuterie, steamed potatoes, condiments

Carré d’ agneau de printemps (GF)

Lamb rack, sweet garlic, mountain herbs, black pepper, asparagus

Chou farci

Stuffed savoy cabbage leaves with pork, beef, smoked ham, sweated onion, garlic, egg, white bread, served with its braising liquids and vegetables

SIDE: Rémoulade de truite fumée de rivière (GF)

Smoked rainbow trout, red endives, baby cos lettuce, celeriac rémoulade, comté, capers, chive dressing

Flan Mont Blanc (GF)

Chestnuts and praline, vanilla Chantilly


The hamper is only available to order until 5pm today, Monday 14th September for pick up or contactless delivery only on Thursday 17th September. Deliveries available to a number of area codes.


You can order hamper (today only) by following the link (




Bon Ap’

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


entree $10

main $28

cheese $8

dessert $10


“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!


To order your Parisian Bistro themed Tour de France meal. simply follow the following link

Delivery 20km radius from Melbourne


Gateaux by Marc Frissard

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.




Bistro Rex

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.


September 14-17 – The Alps

Comte custard truffles wild mushrooms $24

2012 Jean Bourdy Chardonnay $22


September 18-19- Paris

Seared scallops champagne sabayon finger limes $5.5ea

NV Perrier Jouet Grand Brut $25


Tour de France 2020 - Bistro Rex

Grand Colombier cocktail: drink up!

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!


Bistro St Jacques

Bistro St Jacques is continuing its 3 Course, à la carte offer: any entree + main + dessert for $65.00.


The à la carte menu includes regional dishes.


They will also have dry Aged, Lowline Hereford heritage beef specials and have a beautiful organic Champagne by Nathalie Falmet by the glass for $22.00.


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