France, Cote de 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.
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  1. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2019
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  2. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2018
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  3. Moillard Grivot Savigny Les Beaune 2016
    Moillard is a historic Burgundian négociant house located in the Côte d'Or. Savigny-lès-Beaune is a large village in the Côte de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, nestled between the hillsides of a sub-valley in the Côte ... Learn More
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  4. 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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    Allen Meadows
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  5. Pierre Henri Rouget Meursault 'Sous La Velle' 2019
    Pierre-Henri Rougeot is a name most Burgundy lovers don't yet know. Pierre-Henri Rougeot creates dynamic, soulful and balanced wines, rippling with an avant-garde flair. Pierre-Henri attended the Beaune wine university and previously worked at Domaine De Montille in Volnay, Burgundy ... Learn More
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  6. Laurent Roumier Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2017
    Domaine Laurent Roumier is part of the estate division created in 1924. The Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru reveals aromas of small red fruits, Morello cherry, earthy, spicy and very slightly woody notes. On the palate it is very delicate and round with ... Learn More
  7. 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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  8. Domaine Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    For its generous aromas, we can already start to enjoy this Grand Cru, but it will reach its full potential and reveal all its character after a few years in the cellar. ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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