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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, Malbec), 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. Click here for our Bordeaux FAQs, the benefits of buying En Primeur or find out about how the wines from Burgundy are classified.
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  1. SCHRODER & SCHYLER SAUTERNES 2015 ​(500ML)
    This exquisite wine has been carefully vinified for us by one of the finest Negociants in Bordeaux. Delicious notes of citrus and dry fruits (apricot, mango). The palate is intensely sweet yet beautifully balanced by fresh, lively acidity. ... Learn More
  2. ALAIN JAUME LIRAC 'CLOS SIXTE' 2015
    Intense inky colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy ... Learn More
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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
  3. CHATEAU FERRANDE GRAVES BORDEAUX 2015
    The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine ... Learn More
  4. DOMAINE OVERNOY TROUSSEAU 2015
    A fruity and light red wine with aromas of red and black fruits such as strawberry, cherry, blackberry or apple. The palate shows more spicy herbal aromas and the acidity os very bright and fresh. ... Learn More
  5. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BERG' 2015
    The grapes are harvested by hand into 20kg trays. Fine with notes of plum, fresh tangerine citrus, grapefruit, with menthol and celery. Slender and crisp on the palate. This wine has a weave of salty bitters underscored by a dash ... Learn More
  6. CHAPOUTIER ALSACE RIESLING 'LIEU-DIT BUEHL' 2015
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. The nose exhibits exotic fruit aromas such as pineapple and mango with mineral notes of blossoms. The palate is powerful ... Learn More
  7. LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU SÉCHETS 2015
    The Michel family have been cultivating their passion for tradition and the Chablis terroir since 1850. This beautiful 1er Cru has lifted aromas of citrus, white flowers and flinty minerality. There is a succulence and persistence on the palate which exudes ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Allen Meadows
  8. CHATEAU BELREGARD-FIGEAC 2015
    The 8.5 hectares of vines situated on the commune of Libourne benefit from a gravelly, meagre and highly qualitative, early ripening terroir that produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal maturity before the summer solstice. The majority of the ... Learn More
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  9. DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE TELEGRAMME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 2015
    Located in the southeastern part of Chateauneuf du Pape and located mainly on the prime La Crau plateau, this classic and traditional estate has been run by the Brunier family for generations. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  10. CHATEAU GRAND-MAYNE 2015
    Château Grand-Mayne is a St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé property located north-west of the town of St-Emilion. Its handsome château was built in 1767 and since 1934 has been owned and run by the Nony family - Jean-Pierre Nony has been ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Neal Martin
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  11. CHAPOUTIER SAINT-JOSEPH 'LES GRANITS' BLANC 2015
    The grapes are hand harvested once very ripe. Aging takes place on lees for 8 to 10 months. Slightly mineral with floral touches of honeysuckle and lily. Well balanced and harmonious with subtle spices developing into mellowed honey. ... Learn More
  12. CHATEAU NENIN FUGUE DE NÉNIN POMEROL 2015
    The Second wine of famous Estate Chateau Nenin. Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château’s vineyards, as well as from the young ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  13. CHAPOUTIER CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 'BARBE RAC' 2015
    The vines are very old (approximately 90 years old). This unique hilltop vineyard West of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape makes some of the silkiest and most elegant wines in the region. There are intense notes of lavender, with a dark ... Learn More
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    Matt Walls
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  14. LES GRIFFONS DE PICHON BARON 2015
    Château Pichon Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux’s most illustrious “super seconds”. In 1987 it was bought by the AXA Millésimes Group, who also own Cantenac-Brown, Petit-Village and Suduiraut in Sauternes. ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Jancis Robinson
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    Decanter
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  15. DOMAINE MICHELAS ST JEMMS HERMITAGE TERRES D'ARCE 2015
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
  16. ALTER EGO DE PALMER 2015
    "Most serious Alter Ego ever. More inner Ego now!" James Suckling "This is one of the most stunning estates in the Medoc and when their wine is good, it is very good. Fine florality and black fruits on the nose. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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    Jancis Robinson
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  17. DOMAINE P. USSEGLIO CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 'CUVEE DE MON AIEUL' 2015
    Classic CNDP: 100% Grenache, 0% new oak. Copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers on the nose. A seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin. '2015 is a truly sensational vintage.' - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  18. DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LA CRAU 2015
    60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% other varities - From the fine La Crau vineyard in the Bédarrides commune from vines averaging 60 years old. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Wine Spectator
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  19. CHATEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2015
    This famous and historic Saint Julien 2nd growth is popular throughout the world and is usually released at the most reasonable price of all the so-called "super-seconds". The 82 hectare vineyard is one of the largest of the classed growths. The 2015 ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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    James Suckling
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    Jancis Robinson
  20. GUIGAL ST JOSEPH 'VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE' 2015
    Average age of vines: 20 to 80 years old. 30 months in 100% new oak barrels ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
  21. ULYSSE COLLIN BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE EXTRA BRUT 'LES PIERRIERES' 2015 BASE
    Les Pierrières is a 1.3-hectare parcel west of Congy in the Cotéaux du Petit Morin very near the southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. It’s an east-sloping site with chalky soils that contain large chunks ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  22. CHATEAU LA CLOTTE ST-EMILION 2015
    In 2014 Alain Vauthier, owner of next-door Château Ausone, bought Château La Clotte, although it will continue to be run as a separate estate, however the presence of such a talented winemaker at the helm heralds only good things ... Learn More
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    Wine Enthusiast
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  23. DOMAINE DE LA POUSSE D'OR 'CLOS DE 60 OUVREES' 1ER CRU 2015
    The Pousse d’Or domaine at Volnay was established in 1954. Its vineyards are anything but ordinary, consisting as they do mainly of premier and grand crus in the villages of Morey-Saint- Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay The ... Learn More
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  24. CHATEAU CLINET 2015
    A particularly dark and concentrated wine here, with a deep purple-black hue right out to rim. The fruit is just explosive, with creamy vanilla tinges on top of dark, macerated fruit skins, all plum and damson and cherry, with a ... Learn More
    CHATEAU CLINET 2015
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    Robert Parker
  25. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE 'LE MEAL' BLANC 2015
    The vines (more than 50 years old) produce very low yields and guarantee high quality. Depth of flavour and a powerful core of fruit. There is tension and richness here with honeysuckle and cream accentuated by a long salty finish. ... Learn More
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    Matt Walls
  26. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE 'DE L'OREE' BLANC 2015
    The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. A vibrant nose with aromas of white fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. Rich and creamy with pear, walnut and ... Learn More
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    Matt Walls
  27. MAISON LEROY GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2015
    The Gevrey-Chambertin of Maison Leroy presents the highest degree of expression from this classic Burgundy village. A year noted for fine tannins, balance, and depth, this wine is still a youngster. Nose shows distinct mineral notes, black fruit, black pepper, ... Learn More
  28. JL CHAVE HERMITAGE ROUGE 2015
    Jean-Louis Chave is widely considered to be the top producer in a region of stars like Hermitage. "After tasting several intermediate blends that will ultimately be combined in some proportion to create the 2015 Hermitage, I would not be surprised to ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Vinous
  29. CHATEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 2015
    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This has a refined, elegant nose showing blackberry and bilberry aromas to begin with. Secondary notes of liquorice and tobacco add to the complex range of aromas. Lovely intensity on the fresh, full-bodied palate. ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Jancis Robinson
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  30. CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD 2015
    A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot. A ripe nose with aromas of cassis and a complexity given by graphite and spice notes. The nose leads onto a well structured palate. It has a fresh mouthfeel and fine tannins. Although ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Neal Martin
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    Decanter
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  31. DOMAINE LEROY CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU 2010
    The Domaine Leroy 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is a wine for the ages, opening in the glass with a classic bouquet of incense, smoky black fruits, red cherry and pencil shavings. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Vinous
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