Yeah, it's back baby! We missed the 2023 and with so many customers asking when we are going to bring back the Tour Survival Mixed Dozen we decided to bring it back with a bang/

This is all you need to survive one of the most grueling races in the world all in one box. We have been working hard to put together a selection of fantastic bottles matched to 12 stages of the 2024 Tour de France. You can watch along and enjoy something delicious as riders make their way through the four corners of France and this year Italy too. It makes fro some pretty interesting drinking and we have made sure there is some very fun stuff for you to try

It's an interesting one this year with the final sprint into the Champs-Élysées replaced with a Mediterranean finish and the stunning town of Nice. So the only way to celebrate is with a magnum of rose and we have a cracker.

But that's not it! There is sparkling Bourgogne, beautiful Rhones, Bordeaux, some kooky Savoie, a Chianti. Loire legends and even some Vermouth - we are going into the home of Vermouth after all.

We've tried to capture something a little special from each region the riders go through and this year has been a delight to put together. We hope you enjoy!

 

Toscolo Chianti Classico DOCG 2022

STAGE 1 - HILLY - FLORENCE > RIMINI 206 KM

The Toscolo label pays homage to all things Tuscan. Even the name  -  which means Tuscan boy in the local dialect. Toscolo Chianti is a lively and bright, refreshing red made from selected Sangiovese grapes.  A short maceration is followed by six months aging in large oak barrels; the aim being to preserve fruit character.

Violets and red berries, that Sangiovese herbal edge, and a dusting of cocoa-like spice. It's soft, rounded and well-balanced with plenty of bite backed up by wild dark cherry fruit and a little hint of cola. Man, this rips it up for the money. This is perfect everyday Chianti delivering everything you want it a brilliant little package.

We can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of the Tour with a cracking little number like this. 

Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Bianco 16% alc

STAGE 3  - FLAT MON - PLAISANCE > TURIN 230.8 KM 

Born in Turin, the city where the deep roots of Vermouth originated back in 1786. The name "TURIN VERMOUTH" takes inspiration from the historicity of the fine products produced from secret family recipes and the liqueur tradition of the Piedmont capital.

The production comes exclusively from Piedmontese territory with the main raw material of Artemisia Absinthium grown or harvested in Piedmont, moreover, only sugar, grape must, caramelized sugar or honey can be used as a sweetener.  Composed of at least 50% of wines produced in Piedmont and flavored, even if not exclusively, with herbs grown or harvested in Piedmont. It's pretty special stuff and an obvious choice for Stage 3.

Now, the question is do you want to just enjoy it on ice with a slice of lemon or do you want something with a little more oomph? Either way, you will love it and while we would prefer the former if we were sitting in some summer Italian sun we might be up for a white Negroni here in the middle of winter. So if that's your bag check out the recipe below. WE've made sure to include Lillet here too so it's the perfect Tour combo of French & Italian!

30ml gin - Haymans is our choice
3oml Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Bianco 16% alc
20ml Lillet Blanc
15ml grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
1 grapefruit peel, for garnish

Combine and stir gently but patiently in a rock glass then garnish with citrus peel

Francois Villard Syrah L'Appel des Sereines 2021

STAGE 5 - FLAT -SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE > SAINT-VULBAS 177.4 KM

Francois Villard was not born into wine; he started out his career as a chef. Today, makes wine from 64 hectares, of which he owns 40 hectares, purchasing fruit from the balance. Villard farms sustainably and waiting for organic certification. Villard tends to harvest later than his neighbors, optimizing ripeness and manages to captures an opulence and a freshness so beautifully in the glass. 

Absolutely beautiful nose here with white pepper and a melange of baking spice are punctuated with heady violet florals and that savoury profile that is unmistakable of the norther Rhone. This taste like baby Crozes-Hermitage and might as well be. Sleek and fine on with crushed black cherry and cool blue fruits that wind a long and lush palate. A gentle grip and smokey spice on the long finish compliment the fresh berry fruits wonderfully. Another ripper here. 

Trenel Macon Villages 2022

STAGE 6 - FLAT - MÂCON > DIJON 163.5 KM 

Running between the Côte Chalonnaise and the Roche de Solutré, the Mâconnais hills stretch for some 40 kilometres between Tournus and Mâcon. The Mâcon Villages AOP produces wines from Mâcon and 26 of its surrounding communes. The blend of different clay soils with varying proportions of limestone lends this wine the perfect balance of power and elegance. 90% of the initial fermentation is carried out in stainless steel vats and 10% in oak barrels maintiaining wonderful freshness but with a little flesh and cuddle from the kiss of oak.

It's soft round and supple with fesh cut red and green apple and a touch citrusy creme englaise for interest. Lightly spiced, delicate but with lots of lovely appley clean flavour to drive it home. Its a perfect apertif style Macon thats going to great with gentle slopes and undulating hills of the Burgundy countryside.

Domaine de Chatillon Mondeuse 2020

STAGE 4  - MOUNTAIN - PINEROLO > VALLOIRE 139.6 KM 

The chateau is based in the Chatillon castle, a Roman watch tower built 70AD to signal the regiments along the Rhone River. It's pretty striking stuff in the hills there and the high-altitude vineyards lend a lovely racy edge to the wines. We of course had to include something from the French alps and the little-known Mondeuse captured our hearts a little here. While we feel you would normally gravitate toward the whites this crunchy, bright, and spicy red one the stage for us.

Vivid purple violet colour with very appealing violet, rose petal, raspberry fruit, and white pepper, wet stone aromas, on the palate it is medium-bodied plush, and fresh with supple well-integrated tannins. It shows ample juicy strawberry, red currant, some blueberry, red cherry, sour plum, spice flavours, and a hint of cacao with a lingering clean refreshing finish and a hint of savouriness. 

Baron Jacques Cremant d'Bourgogne Brut NV

STAGE 7 - INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL - NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES > GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 25.3 KM 

This sparkling Burgundy (not to be confused with the old term for Aussie sparkling red) is made entirely from Chardonnay and, honestly, it's a mystery as to how something this good comes at this price. The wine is produced by an estate which is over 100 years old, from premium vineyards and spent 9 months in bottle developing a gentle complexity before release. Light, crisp and fun, it's a fizz which won't break the bank and seriously over delivers.

OK so its not the usual Champs-Élysées finish and this stage isn't even the finish line but we have to have a sparkling at some point. This is cracking stuff, unbelievable good value for the money, lovely fruit but crunchy and dry. Perfect to wet the whistle after a quick sprint. 

Rochers des Violettes Touche Mitaine 2021

STAGE 10 - FLAT - ORLÉANS > SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND 187.3 KM

The Touche Mitaine parcel features Chenin Blanc vines aged 35 years, planted on clay and flint soils. It was vinified in used oak barrels of 228 litres, with an élevage lasting twelve months. Aromatically this is rich in powdered chalk, with layers of white peach and a fragrant, lifted, minty freshness. The palate matches this style, in a gently composed structure, polished and fresh, with the same minty, white peach substance. It is framed by firm acidity, which I find typifies the vintage. The alcohol is 12.8% CHRIS KISSACK

Pure and alluring, with apple and citrus cloaked in spices and salty brine. Remains racy through the smoky, vivid finish, thanks to mouthwatering acidity. Drink now through 2028. WINE SPECTATOR

Nothing flat about this wine except the stage it's in. Mineral driven with quince and citrus to the fore. Crystaline acidity brimming with pure tree fruits and quartzy goodness. 

La Ficelle Saint Pourcain Rouge Gamay Noir 2021

STAGE 11 - MOUNTAIN - ÉVAUX-LES-BAINS > LE LIORAN 211 KM

This one is off the beaten path in many ways but an absolute delight nonetheless. It's barely an hour's drive from the beautiful town of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule to the start line at Évaux-les-Bains so a serendipitous occurrence in the world of wine given some of the more obscure regions the Tour runs through. We will take it though. This wine is delicious!


This is such an intriguing wine and absolutely gluggable. A 100% Gamay this year and what you would term as a classic ‘Vin de Soif’.  La Ficelle means ‘the string’. The tale is told that the barkeep would use a knotted string to dip into a patron's flagon to see how much wine they had enjoyed before the bill. Not sure how that would go down today not that it would matter as you would easily empty a bottle of this with a few friends.

Juicy, juby red fruits dominate the palate and the nose. Upfront, lively and vibrant with lifted spicy red currant, red berry fruits that tingle with crunch of acidity and meadow herbs.

Travers  Bordeaux Blanc 2022

STAGE 12  FLAT - AURILLAC > VILLENEUVE-SUR-LOT 203.6 KM 

It's flat again in Stage 12 but its a long one. After 203 k's we don't think a red is going to cut it so we picked up this little beauty to put in the pack. Absolutely classic stuff here with plenty of fruit and flesh but a real pep in its step. We have a feeling this one will be making its way into the store by the case-full cos its got everything you want without being too serious. 

70/15/15 blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle – Bordeaux’s three white grapes. Its floral citrus blossom, green melon, honeysuckle and tropical fruit aromas are followed up by herbal, grassy characters that add a touch of complexity.

Cote Lavande Malbec 2020

STAGE 15 - MOUNTAIN - LOUDENVIELLE > PLATEAU DE BEILLE 198 KM

A little Languedoc love here. We were suitably impressed by this littles number when this along with its brother and sister wine crossed our path. The philosophy here is to create a classic range of Southern French wines, produced by the enigmatic Château Canet estate in the Languedoc, Côte Lavande is supposed to be fun and care-free.

Many shades of black fruits here with a delicate hint of liquorice and wafts of savoury dried herbs. Medium pushing into the lower side of full there is a seriousness about the wine with its fine sinewy structure and softly brooding palate that’s really appealing. That sweet mulberry fruit shines through while everything is nicely in its place. Smart winemaking here that really shines.

M.Chapoutiere Bila Haut Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2021

STAGE 16 - FLAT - GRUISSAN > NÎMES 188.6 KM 

Michel Chapoutier's Roussillon outpost continues to turn out multiple cuvées of very good to excellent quality. The larger-production stuff offers excellent value, while the single-parcel selections—produced in quantities as small as 127 cases (the 2019 Coullioure Chrysopée)—can rival some of the wines Chapoutier produces at home in the Northern Rhône. 

A blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache, the 2021 Cotes du Roussillon Villages is composed mostly of purchased wine. Aged in concrete and stainless steel, it's cherry-scented but more savory on the medium-bodied palate, with undertones of dusty earth and dried spices, finishing with soft tannins. JOE CZERWINSKI, The Wine Advocate

The plots for this wine are located on the slopes of the high Agly Valley. They are composed of gneiss and schist from the Devonian Period with calcareous clay and the combo of elevation and poor mineral soil provides a wonderful freshness and vibrancy. This has the perfect combo rustic charm you expect from the region with modern and pure styling. Stupendous value for the money here. 

Domaine de Triennes Rose 2021 1500ml

STAGE 21 - INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL - MONACO > NICE 33.7 KM 

Pale orange-pink. Fresh raspberry, nectarine and tangerine aromas show good clarity and pick up a subtle herbal nuance with air. Juicy and supple in texture, presenting subtly sweet red berry and pit fruit flavors and a hint of orange zest. Finishes silky and gently spicy, leaving a hint of candied orange zest behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS, The Wine Front 

We are always such fans of the Triennes. It delivers every year everything you could want in great Provence Rose. This year it will taste even better as we pour it out of magnum for the final stage of the Tour de France. Large format is the only way to celebrate and as the saying goes "When in Rome" but in this case "when in Nice". So yeah, rose it is. You are going to love it!