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France, Médoc

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.
Home to over 650 vineyards and spanning over 4,900 hectares, Bordeaux’s Médoc wine region comprises four of the most distinguished wine villages in the area: Saint-Estephe, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Margaux. The peninsula of Médoc is home to coastal lagoons, sand dunes, and pine forests. It is known to have formed into a peninsula over time as the Garonne and Dordogne rivers carried in large quantities of mineral rich silt and light reflective, well drained gravel, which turned out to be perfect for harvesting red wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The main aromas of the beautifully refined red wines from this area are: spices, oak, red fruit and vanilla.

The region of Médoc is divided into three areas: the Landes du Médoc, the Bas-Médoc, and the Haut-Médoc. The Landes du Médoc is located in the entire western half of the peninsula. Although there are no vineyards here, the land is still important because its pine trees protect the grape vines from the harsh cold winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. The Bas-Médoc (lower-Médoc) runs downstream on the estuarine side of the peninsula. The wines produced here are usually more affordable than those produced in Haut-Médoc. Haut-Médoc (upper-Médoc) is the most well-known of the three sections. The wines produced here are some of the most expensive wines worldwide and were famously ranked in The Médoc Classification of 1855, which is to this day in use.
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  1. Chateau Larrivaux 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Located in Haut-Medoc, Chateau Larrivaux is a wine estate founded in the 16th century. Established on land where nothing existed before, the mansion and vineyard were erected against all odds. The peculiarity of this estate is that it has been ... Learn More
  2. Chateau Lanessan 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet and savoury. Lingering and fresh finish showing ... Learn More
  3. Chateau Malleret 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    This wine is all about balancing elegance, finesse of the aromas and power. A beautiful expression of 2021 in that it is a fresher example but does not compromise on ripeness, structure and power. 60% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau d'Agassac 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Château D'Agassac is spread over 106 acres between 2 gravelly hilltops and an area of sandy gravel. A blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Ageing in 50% in new barrels, 43% in stainless steel tanks and 7% in amphora resulting in a wine ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Potensac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Château Potensac sports a saturated purple color as well as a Cabernet-dominated nose of blackcurrants, cassis, tobacco, and earth. This beauty is full-bodied and concentrated, with notable freshness balancing terrific ripeness. It’s going to evolve nicely for ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau D’Armailhac 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. The blend here in 2018 was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Medium-deep purple in ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau D’Armailhac 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. Medium-deep purple in the glass, with a mixture of sweet red and black fruits on the ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau D’Armailhac 2018
    This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. The blend here in 2018 was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Medium-deep purple in ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    A truly classic, age worthy style of wine from Pauillac, Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of those Fifth Growth wines that shine in great years, rivalling the very best from the region. Aromas of red plum, black cherries and cedar. The ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    This is the Cuvelier family’s 100th vintage as owners here and, unsurprisingly, it will come in a commemorative bottle. There is a lot to like, especially the tannins, which are evident from the start. They support the compote notes ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    A classic St. Julien masterfully crafter. The nose is fragrant, showing aromas of violets, cassis, crush stone, blackcurrants and ripe plums, followed by some baking spice. The palate is rich, smooth and inviting. There's a beautiful balance between impressive tannins ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Pontet Canet 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    Today Chateau Pontet Canet is one of the most popular and collectable wines in all of Bordeaux, and much of this success has come from the extraordinary quality of wines made in the last two decades. While ranked as a ... Learn More
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  13. Chateau Clerc-Milon 2018
    Like Armailhac, this Pauillac is made by the Mouton Rothschild team. Always a serious wine, it has been much improved in recent vintages. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere in 2018. Deep colour with a plush, ripe nose ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau Lynch Bages 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    In the heart of the Medoc on the banks of the estuary, Pauillac (Gironde, France) has been the true birthplace of Grand Cru Classe wines since 1855. Lynch Bages's vineyards are superbly sited on a plateau west of Pauillac town, in ... Learn More
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  15. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    The 2020 Léoville Las Cases, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 50- to 90-year-old vines, is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and plum preserves with notions of wood ... Learn More
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  16. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2005 (Ex Chateau 3 month delivery)
    Wonderfull sweet romas of blackberry, currant, chocolate and toasty cedar oak, with a hint of spice. Elegant. There are flavors of smoky, balanced tannins, bitter cherries, black figs. A full-bodied palate, with plenty of blackberry, chocolate and Indian spices. Balanced, ... Learn More
  17. Chateau Montrose 2010 (Ex-Château 4 Months Delivery)
    For a lesson in deeply structured and complex Bordeaux, look no further than 2010 Montrose. A towering wine that will require patience, it will also deeply reward those who see it through. Although the 2009 is more renowned, the difference between it ... Learn More
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  18. Chateau Margaux 2017 (Ex Chateau arrival time 6 months)
    Seamless from start to finish, with a thoroughly caressing mouthfeel to the mix of damson plum, black cherry and black currant fruit, inlaid with a range of lilac, lavender and rooibos tea accents. The finish unfurls slowly, revealing a mouth-watering ... Learn More
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