Alistair Gibson picks out a curiosity from the Tour de France

Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace.
Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace.
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The Tour de France is the world’s biggest annual sporting event yet the official tour wine is Cono Sur, from one of Chile’s best-known producers. They have even produced a bottle with a bicycle bell attached!

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2014, Central Valley (Co-op £5.99, Tesco £5) is simple with raspberries, cherries and a juicy finish. You can’t argue with the price. Try slightly chilled with a salad niçoise.

Chateau Moulin la Bergere 2012, Saint-George Saint-Émilion (Waitrose £13.99) is probably what you have in mind when it comes to the wine of Le Tour. This is modern, merlot-led claret with black fruits and spicy vanilla oak. Good to drink now and perfect with a leg of lamb.

Top Tipple? Josmeyer Pinot Blanc Mise au Printemps 2014, Alsace (£11.50 The Wine Society). The label on this gorgeous wine is reminiscent of a summer’s afternoon in the French countryside. Beautifully fresh with notes of green pear and citrus on the nose, followed by a textured palate with lemons and juicy acidity.