Brandy, France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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  1. FRANCOIS VOYER TERRE DE GRANDE CHAMPAGNE - 5 YEARS
    This cognac is a product from the house of Francois Voyer: Terres de Grande Champagne ... Learn More
  2. DUDOGNON VSOP 10 YEAR OLD GRANDE CHAMPAGNE
    Delightful Grande Champagne. ... Learn More
  3. NORMANDIN MERCIER VIEILLE  - 15 YEAR FINE CHAMPAGNE
    A fine mix of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. A soft and balanced Cognac with a nice floral bouquet, with notes of almond and plum. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from ... Learn More
  4. NORMANDIN MERCIER "LA PERAUDIERE" GRANDE CHAMPAGNE
    A brandy in its prime. Aged in authentic casks - hundred-year-old oak trees. Limited series of 1000 bottles worldwide. Rancio and nuts, no floral or fruits - typical good-old cognac aromas. Lingers exceptionally long on the palate. "Since 1872 five generations have ... Learn More
  5. DUDOGNON HERITAGE GRAND CHAMPAGNE  - 40YEARS
    Very mouth filling and goes great with a cigar at room temperature ... Learn More
  6. NORMANDIN MERCIER VIEILLE - 15 YEAR FINE CHAMPAGNE (MAGNUM 1.5L)
    A fine mix of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. A soft and balanced Cognac with a nice floral bouquet. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from the best vineyards of Grande and ... Learn More
  7. NORMANDIN MERCIER 1976 PETITE CHAMPAGNE
    This Cognac is bottled upon request only. Aromas of Lilies and Orange Peel. Well balanced. Subtle in the nose and supple in the mouth. "Since 1872 five generations have contributed to the elaboration of the prestigious Cognac NORMANDIN-MERCIER. Coming from the ... Learn More
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