Surprising gaps in wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants

Wednesday May 16 2018 by Vitisphere

The three best represented estates on Michelin-starred wine lists are a Bordeaux (43% presence for Château Haut Marbuzet), a Rhone (40% for Georges Vernay) and a Provence (38% for Trevallon).The three best represented estates on Michelin-starred wine lists are a Bordeaux (43% presence for Château Haut Marbuzet), a Rhone (40% for Georges Vernay) and a Provence (38% for Trevallon). - Photo credit : Somm’it

Judging from the survey carried out on the wine lists of a hundred Michelin-starred restaurants (ranging from one to three stars) in January 2018 by the start-up Somm'it, the prestigious establishments seem to be the guardians of the temple, holding up well against the headwind of current wine fashions. Although no-one would expect to see grapefruit-flavoured rosé on the list, the diminutive selection of rosés in the sample restaurants comes as a surprise, accounting for just 1% of listings, compared with 59% for reds and 40% for whites. It would seem that the rare and imposing setting of a Michelin-starred restaurant is less conducive to drinking a wine still seen as light, festive and summery.

To celebrate an event, wine lists clearly favour Champagnes, with an average of 47 listings. For sparkling wines, however, there is very little of the popular Prosecco. Foreign wines are virtually nonexistent with an average of just 4% of wine lists. The choice is overwhelmingly French with pride of place given to Burgundy wines (30% presence), followed by Bordeaux (24%), Côtes-du-Rhône (14%) and the Loire Valley (11%). Languedoc-Roussillon is not very well-represented (7%) but bottlings from the South-West (2%), Provence (2%), Beaujolais (1%), Jura (1%), Corsica (1%) and Savoy (1%) are even rarer.

 

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