Le Grand Verre – a lot to love in a single serve French wine

Le Grand Verre, photo provided by Le Grand Verre
Le Grand Verre, photo provided by Le Grand Verre /

There is so much to love about French wine, possibly because the French put so much love into their wines. And now there is even more to love – Le Grand Verre (LGV) single serve boutique wine collection of France. These wines are the perfect size to enjoy by the swimming pool or take on a picnic this summer.

During a recent virtual tasting with LGV, we were told that the LGV bottles contain 6.3 ounces of wine, just a little over what we normally pour in a wine glass. Why do they offer their wine in single servings? As they explain on their website, “We wanted to allow anyone, no matter where they’re from or their familiarity with wine, to feel indulged with our wines with the freedom of sampling, and without the need to open an entire bottle.”

Visit the Le Grand Verre homepage to find out how they partner with wineries that are led or co-led primarily by women, including Elisabeth Prataviera of Domaine de Ménard & Haut-Marin, Inès Andrieu of Domaine de Caylus, and Martine Nadal of Domaine Nadal Hainaut.  According to their website, these French wines are made with organic grapes, using sustainable farming practices. We are sharing the good news about these single serve wines because  LGV wines have just launched in the United States.

These lovely wines are sold in 4 packs or in wine bundles that include (as listed on the LGV website):

Tour of the Countryside Reds

This collection offers a very good overview of different styles of Cabernet Sauvignon from France including a Bordeaux Château classified Crus Bourgeois.

Picnic in the Park Whites

This collection offers a deep overview of French whites: a tropical sauvignon blanc, two delicious chardonnays and a slightly sweet chenin.

Summer on the Coast Rosés 

This collection offers the very best of French rosés a Bandol considered as the world finest place for rosés.

Lovely French wine in a single serving bottle sounds wonderful, but what do the wines actually taste like? Le Grand Verre recently treated us to a tasting of four of their most popular wines:

Do you love a crisp, refreshing chardonnay?  Le Grand Verre Domaine Caylus (Chardonnay) 2020, light golden color in the glass.  This chardonnay was a fan favorite at our tasting. Crisp and refreshing with notes of peach and hazelnut.  Perfect for a summer picnic. Pair this lovely French wine with seafood, sushi, smoked salmon, fresh goat cheese and toasted salted hazelnuts.

In love with French rosé wines? Le Grand Verre Domaine Caylus (Rosé) 2020 is a blend of Syrah (60%) and Grenache (40%)from the  Languedoc-Roussillon region.  During our tasting we enjoyed the light floral notes in the aroma of this wine followed by strawberry flavors and notes of tropical fruits.  The perfect summer sippin’ wine.

Le Grand Verre Château Val D’Arenc 2020. A blend of Mourvèdre (80%), Grenache (10%), and Cinsault (10%). During our tasting we learned that the Mourvèdre gives this Bandol rosé a note of spiciness. Perfect aperitif or pair with spicy grilled shrimp, Thai food and summer tomato pie.

And for lovers of red wine…Le Grand Verre Château Peyredon 2019 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%) and Merlot (37%). Our tasting host explained that these grapes are picked from vines that are over 100 years old!  When tasting this lovely red wine you will pick up on notes of blackberry and smooth tannins.

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Which Le Grand Verre wine will you enjoy this summer? With the convenience of single serve bottles, go ahead and try all four!