France, Cote Rotie

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 rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of cote rotie is "Roasted slope," named after the region's very steep, south-facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, cote brunes & cote blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The lighter soils of the blondes slope contain more slate and limestone, making elegant and soft wine. Wine can be from one designated slope, or a blend of both – the label will designate which it is.
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  1. VIGNOBLES CHIRAT SYRAH VIOGNIER 2018
    Voted one of the Top 5 Producers by Decanter Magazine in 2018, alongside some of the most well-known producers, Domaine JL Chave and M Chapoutier. A nose of granitic earth, smoke, garrigue herbs and blueberries. Intense palate of smoked, grilled, cured meats, ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  2. VIGNOBLES CHIRAT COTE ROTIE LA ROSE BRUNE 2017
    Voted one of the Top 5 Producers by Decanter Magazine in 2018, alongside some of the most well-known producers, Domaine JL Chave and M Chapoutier. Gorgeous intensity of fruit and secondary characters on the nose; rose petal, stone, smoked meat, duck, so ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  3. CHAPOUTIER COTE-ROTIE 'LA MODOREE' 2014
    A very steep, terraced vineyard which lies on the border of the famous “Cote-Blonde”. The 70 years old vines produce tiny yields, which is a guarantee of an exceptional quality product. Beguiling aromatics of baked rosemary, tapenade and cassis. This is ... Learn More
  4. GUIGAL COTE ROTIE 'BRUNE ET BLONDE' 2015
    Vintage after vintage, the Collection wines have become symbols which perfectly illustrate the family’s ethos of supreme quality. Careful ageing, together with the meticulous attention paid every day by Marcel and Philippe Guigal to the selection and blending processes, ... Learn More
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  5. DOMAINE RENE ROSTAING COTE ROTIE LA LANDONNE 2016
    Legal academic, property dealer and vigneron, René Rostaing crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties on the market today. He has owned 2 hectares in the Côte Blonde and La Landone since the 1970s but fortune has blessed ... Learn More
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  6. GUIGAL COTE ROTIE 'LA MOULINE' 2011
    The Côte-Rôtie 'La Mouline' is one of the most emblematic of the Guigal domain’s wines. Small quantities are produced each year from a vineyard in the heart of the ‘côte blonde’. This is a voluptuous, silky ... Learn More
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  7. GUIGAL 'LA TURQUE' 2011
    'The 2011 Cote Rotie la Turque is about as seamless and sexy as wine gets, and this cuvee continues to put on weight and richness with every passing year. Offering a monstrous nose of Asian spices, kirsch liqueur, blackcurrants, pepper and ... Learn More
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  8. GUIGAL 'LA LANDONNE' 2016
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  9. GUIGAL 'LA TURQUE' 2016
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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  10. GUIGAL 'LA MOULINE' 2016
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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  11. GUIGAL 'LA TURQUE' 2015
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  12. GUIGAL 'LA MOULINE' 2015
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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  13. GUIGAL 'LA LANDONNE' 2015
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  14. ONLINE TASTING PACK - JEWELS OF THE RHONE WITH A MASTER OF WINE 19 NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

    This pack contains 3 bottles of some of the most revered and rare wines in the world. Wines are to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 19th of November 2020 at 6.30 pm AEDT.

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