France, Beaune

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.
The AOC of Beaune was created in 1936. It covers the wine produced in the commune of Beaune in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy. The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Beaune is used for red and white wine with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the two main varietals.

Red wine makes up about 85 per cent of the total production, and white less than 15%. here are several well-known and highly regarded Premier Cru vineyards, but there are no Grand Cru vineyards within Beaune. The Beaune appellation has a high proportion of Premier Cru-classified vineyards, more than 40 climats in fact from north to south. Wines from these Premier Cru sites are allowed to be named Beaune Premier Cru.
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  1. HENRI ROUSSEAU BdB CHARDONNAY BRUT NV
    Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The house was founded in 1898 in the esteemed Burgundy region of northern France, where their wines gained immediate and long-lasting success. Today the 6th generation of the family leads the winery, producing elegant sparkling Cremant for ... Learn More
  2. VEDRENNE 'MARC DE BOURGOGNE DU CAVEAU' (GRAPPA)
    A fine Grappa product from Beaune, Burgundy - Made from the pinot noir grape variety. Hints of figs and honey on nose followed by grape aroma. ... Learn More
  3. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE 1ER CRU 'LES LAVIERES' 2014
    Mid-slope and with a lot limestone in the soil, Lavières comes from the word "lave" which was the term used in the past to describe the flat limestone slabs used to cover local roofs. Such stones dominate the sub-soil ... Learn More
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  4. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES PERNARD-LES VERGELESSES 1ER CRU 2014
    One of the best value Premier Sites in Burgundy ... Learn More
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  5. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES PERNARD-VERGELESSES 1ER CRU ILE DES VERGELESSES 2014
    To quote The Burgundy Report's Bill Nanson, "The Île des Vergelesses is (in Pernand-Vergelesses terms) a quasi-Grand Cru - it has a depth and complexity that is often augmented with a cushioned texture from its tannins - the Chandon de ... Learn More
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  6. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET BEAUNE 1ER CRU "TEURONS" 2017
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
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  7. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES CORTON MARECHAUDES GRAND CRU 2014
    This is Corton's lowest-lying grand cru and offers up one of the Hill's most seductive wines. It is a walled site, i.e. a genuine clos located on the lower eastern slopes (east facing), under the Corton Bressandes and nuzzling ... Learn More
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  8. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES CORTON BRESSANDES GRAND CRU 2014
    The Bressandes vineyard straddles both the Aloxe side of Corton (on skeletal soils), and the Ladoix side (clay-rich soil) and Chandon has 1.12 hectares of vines here, spread across four separate parcels. Today, the vines average 35 years old ... Learn More
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  9. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES CORTON 'CLOS DU ROI' GRAND CRU 2015
    At an average of 60 years, the Domaine's oldest vines lie in the Clos du Roi, a vineyard high on the Corton slope with a soil rich in Bathonian limestone. It's these rocky origins, the high altitude and the SSE aspect ... Learn More
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  10. CHANDON DE BRIAILLES CORTON BRESSANDES GRAND CRU 2015
    The Bressandes vineyard straddles both the Aloxe side of Corton (on skeletal soils), and the Ladoix side (clay-rich soil) and Chandon has 1.12 hectares of vines here, spread across four separate parcels. Today, the vines average 35 years old ... Learn More
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  11. FONTAINE-GAGNARD BATARD MONTRACHET GRAND CRU 2005
    Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard takes its name from the marriage of Richard Fontaine to Laurence Gagnard, the daughter of Jacques Gagnard of Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange. Like many estates in Burgundy, Fontaine-Gagnard’s history is inextricably linked with generations of families that have intermarried, ... Learn More
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