Top 100 wines of Côtes du Forez

Discover the top 100 best wines of Côtes du Forez of Côtes du Forez as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular of Côtes du Forez and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Côtes du Forez

The red Côtes du Forez is a Dry red wine. It falls into the category of still wine. Côtes du Forez red is produced in the Vineyard of the Loire, vineyard in the west of France and more precisely in the wine region of Auvergne. Administratively, the Côtes du Forez red can be produced in the Loire dePartment.

Its Terroir benefits from a degraded oceanic and mountain Climate and granitic and sandy soils, volcanic rocks and basalt. The "Gamay N" Grape variety is the only one that can be used to make Côtes du Forez red wine. The red Côtes du Forez has the French label AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) and the European label AOP (Appellation d'Origine Protégée). This wine is part of the generic appellation Côtes du Forez.

Discover the grape variety: Gamay noir

Gamay is a Burgundian grape variety that has existed since the 14th century. For fear of competition with the pinot noir of Burgundy, gamay was finally uprooted and planted in the Beaujolais region, from Mâcon to Lyon. These siliceous and granitic soils suit it perfectly, and it gives its best here. But it is also planted all over France, such as in Lorraine, in the Loire Valley, in Bugey, in Savoie and in Auvergne. Gamay is early and very productive and needs to be limited so that quality prevails over quantity. Short winter pruning of the shoots and high density of vines per hectare are the methods that allow it to produce very fruity, fresh and greedy red wines. Gamay is also very popular in red wine futures, and produces wines from the Beaujolais region with very interesting character and ageing potential. The AOCs Crémant-de-Bourgogne, Mâcon, Anjou, Touraine, Rosé de vallée de la Loire, Côtes-d'Auvergne, Saint-Pourçain, Bugey, Gaillac, Côtes du Luberon... and many vins de pays are proud of it. Today, about 36,000 hectares of Gamay are cultivated in France, including 22,000 hectares in Beaujolais.

News from the vineyard of Côtes du Forez

Decanter Editor-in-Chief’s New York Fine Wine Encounter top tips

There are going to be some utterly splendid wines to taste at our New York Fine Wine Encounter – many of the world’s grandest winemakers have brought some of their very best bottles to our event, knowing their hard work and talent will be appreciated by a discerning audience.  My team of experts have picked out a great selection of their personal favourites from the wines on offer, and for their superbly detailed analysis and opinion, you should read the pieces and the picks from Georgie Hindle, ...

Cheval Blanc 2021 released en primeur: ‘an obvious buy’

Cheval Blanc 2021 was released en primeur this morning (19 May) at €390 per bottle ex-Bordeaux, up by around 3% on the 202o-vintage opening price last year. Liv-ex said the new release was still cheaper on the market than the well-regarded vintage trio of 2018, 2019 and 2020. UK merchants offered the 2021 wine at £4,740 (12x75cl in bond), it said. It marks another relatively early release for Cheval Blanc, with this year’s Bordeaux en primeur campaign just getting started. Cheval Blanc 202 ...

Château Lassègue names seventh-generation vigneron Nicolas Seillan as its new winemaker

Seillan takes on his new role in addition to his current position as senior vice president of finance, Château Lassègue and Tenuta di Arceno. Château Lassègue said Seillan will continue to work alongside his father, renowned vigneron Pierre Seillan, who said: ‘I am proud that my son Nicolas will continue in the tradition of our family lineage as a seventh-generation vigneron, and bring his passion and respect for the great terroirs and wines of France.’ Born into a family of French vignerons, Ni ...