France, Bourgogne

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. DOMAINE CHAVY CHOUET BOURGOGNE BLANC 'LES FEMELOTTES' 2018
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years. Matured for 10 months in 10% new French oak. Aroma; immediately pretty and classically white burgundy- red apple, white flowers, nectarine and citrus. Palate; Again very classically white Burgundy- elegantly mineral with some ... Learn More
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  2. ONLINE TASTING PACK - VARIETY COMPARISON OF CHARDONNAY

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 30th of April 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running ... Learn More

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  3. MAISON LEROY BOURGOGNE BLANC 2016
    "..Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy's quality hierarchy.." - Robert Parker Crafted by uncompromising Lalou Bize-Leroy - arguably one of the best producers in Burgundy. A very aromatic nose in its youth with peach, honey suckle ... Learn More
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  4. MAISON LEROY BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2014
    "..Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy's quality hierarchy.." - Robert Parker Made by the renowned perfectionist Lalou Bize-Leroy. An extremely concentrated, yet refined wine. Vibrant red fruits with aromas of cranberry, strawberry and hints of smoky ... Learn More
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  5. MAISON LEROY BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2016
    "..Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at the top of Burgundy's quality hierarchy.." - Robert Parker Made by the renowned perfectionist Lalou Bize-Leroy. An extremely concentrated, yet refined wine. Vibrant red fruits with aromas of cranberry, strawberry and hints of smoky ... Learn More
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