France, Lower Normandy

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. LE PERE JULES PAYS D'AUGE  - 3 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Calvados is perfect for dinner or for cocktails. ... Learn More
  2. COMTE LOUIS DE LAURISTON DOMFRONTAIS PEAR - 5 YEARS CALVADOS
    A blend of calvados aged over three years in oak casks. Topaz colour. ... Learn More
  3. ROGER GROULT PAYS D'AUGE 41% - 8 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    This Calvados 8 years will make you appreciate the fruitiness and freshness of a young eau-de-vie. Find warm aromas of apple, cinnamon and vanilla that have been developed over the years spent in oak barrels. It matures in oval shaped oak ... Learn More
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  4. ADRIEN CAMUT PAYS D'AUGE  - 6 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Adrien Camut has always been the benchmark for Calvados. Aromas of green apple and caramel lead into crisp, juicy cider notes mixed with a modest amount of barrel aging, all working in perfect unison. For one 6 years of age this ... Learn More
  5. ADRIEN CAMUT PAYS D'AUGE RESERVE  - 35/40 YEAR OLD CALVADOS
    Deep amber colour with hints of walnut on the nose. Rich and round apple notes in total harmony with alcohol and tannin.Creamy texture allows waves of developed vanilla to glide across the palate. ... Learn More
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  6. ROGER GROULT RESERVE ANCESTRALE PAYS D'AUGE 40% - (19TH/20TH CENTURY BLEND) CALVADOS
    An exceptional blend of Roger Groult's oldest Calvados. Recommended for those who enjoy wood-flavoured spirits. An intense lingering aromatic persistence. Spicy notes, soft in the mouth. Réserve Ancestrale concludes beautifully the ageing cycle of Calvados Groult. Aged and blended ... Learn More
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