France, Chambolle Musigny

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 AF GROS CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2018
    There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008 which allows the family to carefully select only perfect bunches, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented ... Learn More
  2. DOMAINE COMTE GEORGES DE VOGUE CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 2018
    Deep purple in colour but not because of extraction. Violet and plum, with a good mix of red and black fruit. Described by Millet as “lost in the mountain and finding your way back to the car" ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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  3. DOMAINE COMTE GEORGES DE VOGUE MUSIGNY GRAND CRU VIEILLES VIGNES 2011
    Drink: 2029+ ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
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  4. DOMAINE COMTE GEORGES DE VOGUE MUSIGNY 'VIEILLES VIGNES' 2018
    De Vogüé is Musigny; Musigny is de Vogüé. This estate’s top selection of older vines (40 years and older) go into its signature cru, of which less than 1,000 cases each vintage are made. Profoundly flavored and impressively structured, yet still ... Learn More
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