France, Meursault

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.
This AOC in Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, is renowned as one of the most reliably excellent sources of Chardonnay in the world (though there are also small amounts of Pinot Noir grown). There are more top producers here than anywhere else in Côte-d'Or, despite there not being any Grand Cru vineyards in the AOC. It's the incredible proliferation of high-quality Premier Cru and commune-level wine that makes this region so popular.

Meursault Chardonnay is typically oaken in style, and is often described as having rich, buttery notes that are evidence of a classic Burgundy terroir.
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  1. DOMAINE ROUGEOT 'LA COMBE BAZIN' SAINT-ROMAIN 2017
    Owner Marc's knowledge of diverse wine making processes and the land, has led to a high level of complexity, fruit and balance in his wines. This has been further enhanced by his eldest son Pierre-Henri’s mastery of traditional oak ... Learn More
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  2. DOMAINE CHAVY CHOUET MEURSAULT CLOS DES CORVEES 2018
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 65 years old. Matured for 10 months in 40% new French oak. Higher percentage of new oak maturation evident on the nose. More ripeness from fruit to match this however. More nutty and creamy but ... Learn More
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  3. DOMAINE ARNAUD TESSIER MEURSAULT 'LES CASSE TETES' 2016
    Domaine Arnaud Tessier is a rising star of Meursault’s producers. The Domaine is making refined and complex Chardonnays from the village’s best located vineyards. The Meursault “Les Casse-Têtes” vineyard is higher in altitude than most of Meursault’ ... Learn More
  4. DOMAINE TESSIER MEURSAULT “CASSE-TÊTES” 2018
    At Domaine Tessier, the very healthy grapes, and millerand from their old vines are brought in and pressed, then put straight in barrel. The fermentation is taking place, and the maturation is long, for about 18 to 19 months before bottling. The 2018 ... Learn More
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  5. DOMAINE ROUGEOT 'SOUS LA VELLE' MEURSAULT 2017
    Owner Marc's knowledge of diverse wine making processes and the land, has led to a high level of complexity, fruit and balance in his wines. This has been further enhanced by his eldest son Pierre-Henri’s mastery of traditional oak ... Learn More
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  6. CHATEAU DE MEURSAULT PULIGNY MONTRACHET CHAMP CANET PREMIER CRU 2014
    Château de Meursault was established in the 11th Century & is one of the most historic estates in Burgundy. The Domaine owns 65 hectares of vineyard throughout some of the regions finest villages including Pommard , Volnay & Beaune which includes an enviable ... Learn More
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  7. CHATEAU DE MEURSAULT 1ER CRU LES CHARMES MEURSAULT 2016
    Château de Meursault was established in the 11th Century & is one of the most historic estates in Burgundy. The Domaine owns 65 hectares of vineyard throughout some of the regions finest villages including Pommard , Volnay & Beaune which includes an enviable ... Learn More
  8. DOMAINE ROUGEOT 'LES SANTENOTS' VOLNAY 1ER CRU 2015
    The “Les Santenots” climat* is located in the northern part of Meursault facing South-East, next to Volnay in the lower part of the village. This climat* is classified as a Volnay 1er Cru for red and as a Meursault 1er ... Learn More
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  9. DOMAINE TESSIER MEURSAULT 1ER CRU “LE PORUZOT-DESSUS” 2018
    At Domaine Tessier, the very healthy grapes, and millerand from their old vines are brought in and pressed, then put straight in barrel. The fermentation is taking place, and the maturation is long, for about 18 to 19 months before bottling. The 2018 ... Learn More
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  10. DOMAINE TESSIER MEURSAULT 1ER CRU “LES CHARMES-DESSUS” 2018
    At Domaine Tessier, the very healthy grapes, and millerand from their old vines are brought in and pressed, then put straight in barrel. The fermentation is taking place, and the maturation is long, for about 18 to 19 months before bottling. The 2018 ... Learn More
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  11. DOMAINE TESSIER MEURSAULT 1ER CRU “LES GENEVRIÈRES” 2018
    At Domaine Tessier, the very healthy grapes, and millerand from their old vines are brought in and pressed, then put straight in barrel. The fermentation is taking place, and the maturation is long, for about 18 to 19 months before bottling. The 2018 ... Learn More
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  12. ONLINE TASTING PACK - FRENCH WINE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout late August and early September 2020.

    Across 4 weeks we will ... Learn More

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