Wine Cellar at Destination Breaffy
Breaffy House opened its doors to a beautiful bespoke wine cellar in September 2018. The wine cellar houses a mix of Classic French Wines from the Bordeaux region including Left Bank and Right Bank classics, a stunning selection from the Loire Valley region and a melange of new world wines.
The Bordeaux region of France stretches across the Southern part of Western France and is famous for producing red Bordeaux Wines. The Gironde Estuary and its two major rivers, the Dordogne and the Garonne, run through the heart of the region. This infamous wine making region is divided into two main banks; Left Bank and Right Bank. The “banks” represent the two river banks or land masses on either side of the 'Gironde Estuary'.
Left and Right Bank Bordeaux tend to showcase two different grapes: Left Bank wines are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon fleshed out with a little Merlot. Right Bank wines are more Merlot balanced by a smaller proportion of Cabernet. The guide to the Right Bank wines of Bordeaux includes all the best wines from Pomerol and Saint Emillion Grand Cru, Cotes de Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur Wines. The Left Bank top Bordeaux wines include Margaux, Saint Julien Pauillac, St. Estephe, Haut Medoc and Pessac Leognan appellations.
Loire Valley Region
Often called ‘The Garden of France’ the Loire Valley gets its name from the Loire River (which is the longest river entirely within France), and stretches for over 800km from Nantes in the West to Sancerre in the East. The Loire Valley is often divided into 3 regions, The Upper Loire includes the Sauvignon blanc dominated areas of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé producing wines that are fresh, crisp and light and are often classified as ‘Vins du Centre’.
The Middle Loire is dominated by more Chenin blanc, Cabernet franc and Gamay wines found in the regions around Touraine, Saumur, Chinon and Vouvray. The Cabernet Franc red with its raspberry and blackcurrant fruity taste and the lightness and freshness of the Loire Valley Pinot Noir are the perfect accompaniments for red meat plats du jour such as Roast Fillet of Irish Beef or Achill Mountain Lamb from the foothils of Mayo.
The Lower Loire that leads to the mouth of the river's entrance to the Atlantic goes through the Muscadet region which is dominated by wines of the Melon de Bourgogne grape. As Wilson Bird General Manager of Breaffy House Resort explains “Muscadet wines are now enjoying a new founded appreciation as awareness and popularity of the region increases among Irish consumers”.