France, Nuits-Saint-Georges

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. JEAN TARDY NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 'AUX ARGILLAS' 2017
    End of the coteaux of Nuits, the last vineyard before Vosne-Romanée. Picked later than others. "The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Argillats 1er Cru needs some coaxing from the glass, only reluctantly revealing sultry blackberry, iodine and hints of blue fruit ... Learn More
  2. DOMAINE PRIEURE ROCH NUITS ST GEORGES VV 1ER CRU 2017
    Produced from some of the oldest vines on the Clos de Corvee plot at an average of 80 years old. This vineyard has a remarkable history with references of it dating back to the middle ages. This wine spends 20 months maturing ... Learn More
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  3. DOMAINE PRIEURE ROCH CLOS DE CORVEES 2016
    Domaine Prieure Roch has a long history and relationship with DRC and is related to Lalou Bize-Leroy, and even though Prieure Roch is not as well known as DRC or Leroy, many Burgundy connoisseurs take the wines of Prieure Roch ... Learn More
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