Wine and some other drinks of Tour de France 2017: Stage 18. Briançon — Izoard

A for me unknown Slovenian rider, Primoz Roglic, won in an impressive way. The first Slovenian stage win in the Tour.

Just at the competition for the green jersey was restarting, and was exciting, it ended with Marcel Kittel’s crash and abandon. This was not the way this competition should end.

This is the second stage in the Alps, and the last mountain stage. Those whe will improve their standing in the general classification, and are not very good time trialers, must win time on this stage. Not attacs on Chris Froome yesterday succeded. It was also interesting to note that when the other GC-contenders were alone at the end, Chris Froome had Mikel Landa at his side to the finish.

The stage is at altitudes between some more than 800 to some more than 2300 meters, and it is usually not possible to grow wine a such altitudes.

We can find some wine along the artificial lake Lac de Serre-Ponçon, that the riders will pass. A lake has a warming effect in the autoumns and winters, and cooling effect in the summers. It takes long time to warm up water, and it takes long time to cool down. Lac de Serre-Ponçon, is located 800 meters above sea level.

The firs producer I will mention is Domaine Taver­nier, in Embrun, at the northern end of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. I do not know more about the producer and their wines than we can read on their web site, which is not much.

We can find some producers i the valley down from the south-western end of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. We are then in La val­lée de la Durance, the valley where the river Durance is flowing. Durance comes from Bri­ançon, flows out into Lac de Serre-Ponçon and continues down to the Rhône. But today’s stage turns to the east at the end of Lac de Serre-Ponçon, so we will not continue down the valley this time..

Domaine Alle­mand is down this valley, and they grow grapes in south-west facing slopes at around 600 meters. They write that they are using lokal grapes. I think one of them must be Mol­lard. This grape is just as unknown to me as the wines from the area.You can read a bit more on this web-site.

Other producers I have found are Domaine de la Clochère, Domaine du Petit Août and Domaine de Tres­bau­don. The first two use local grapes, but the latter two use Caber­net Sau­vig­non, Syrah, Mer­lot and Vio­g­nier, in addition to what seems to be a local variety of Mus­cat. There is also the cooperative Cave des Hau­tes Vig­nes. That’s it. I have not been able fo find more wine from this area.

I have also been looking for beer along the stage, but have not found breweries worth menioning.

Grand Atlas des vignobles de France

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Mountain Higher: Europe's Extreme, Undiscovered and Unforgettable Cycle Climbs

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