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France, Pauillac

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. Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    The 2018 Lynch-Moussas is super-expressive and very nicely woven together. Bright red berry fruit, floral notes and silky tannins give the wine striking persistence to match its understated personality. All the elements are impeccably balanced in a wine that is so ... Learn More
  2. Chateau Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Desmirail comes rolling out of the glass with exuberant blackcurrant cordial, prunes and baked cherries scents plus hints of tobacco, fried herbs and woodsmoke. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy texture with just enough ... Learn More
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  3. Chateau Lynch Moussas 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Lynch-Moussas is super-expressive and very nicely woven together. Bright red berry fruit, floral notes and silky tannins give the wine striking persistence to match its understated personality. All the elements are impeccably balanced in a wine that is so ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau Echo de Lynch Bages 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and without any new oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages rolls seductively out of the glass with fragrant notes of candied violets, rose hip tea and fragrant soil ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Réserve de Pichon Comtesse 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Most of the plots that were planted since 2011 have gone into this. This second wine represents 41% of the crop. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Reserve de la Comtesse opens ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Batailley 2017
    A well situated vineyard in Pauillac that can be relied upon to produce a consistent wine of classic Medoc style and breed. Quality has moved up a level in recent vintages whilst prices remain reasonable. The Chateau is now producing ... Learn More
    Chateau Batailley 2017
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  7. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Another success from Grand-Puy-Lacoste -- it’s bright and full of juice, prioritising vibrancy over power. As such, it has a touch less Pauillac typicity than in the absolutely brilliant 2016 vintage at this estate, although as it unfurls through the ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau Haut Batailley 2018 (Ex Chateau)
    The grand vin 2018 Château Haut-Batailley is a beauty and is comprised of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot brought up in 60% new French oak. It's an attractive, elegantly styled wine that has lots of juicy Merlot notes of black cherries, graphite, ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Grand Puy Ducasse 2009
    The 2009 Grand-Puy Ducasse shows a small reduction at first, a slightly metallic note that fortunately ebbs away to reveal pleasant baked cherries, tobacco and light graphite aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that feels a little drier than ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau Haut Batailley 2018 (1.5L) (Ex Chateau)
    The grand vin 2018 Château Haut-Batailley is a beauty and is comprised of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot brought up in 60% new French oak. It's an attractive, elegantly styled wine that has lots of juicy Merlot notes of black cherries, graphite, ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau Pichon Baron 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    The highest portion of Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in this blend, 88%, this is reflected in the nose which gives off deep and intense aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberries, graphite and dried tobacco. The palate is deep and rich, framed ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2018 (1.5L) (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Another success from Grand-Puy-Lacoste -- it’s bright and full of juice, prioritising vibrancy over power. As such, it has a touch less Pauillac typicity than in the absolutely brilliant 2016 vintage at this estate, although as it unfurls through the ... Learn More
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  13. Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    A perfumed and elegant nose, displaying complex aromas of blackberries, floral notes, liquorice, tobacco and graphite. The palate is generous and juicy, showing flavours of cool blue and black fruit. I shows great power and concentration balanced with a delicate ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau Pichon Baron 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This wine represents 50% of the production of the estate | 86 IPT Very smart and much more exuberant than I had expected, Directeur Général Christian Seely prefers this wine to both his 2010 and 2016 and I happen to agree. The balance ... Learn More
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  15. Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016’s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  16. Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 (1.5)(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This wine represents 50% of the production of the estate | 86 IPT Very smart and much more exuberant than I had expected, Directeur Général Christian Seely prefers this wine to both his 2010 and 2016 and I happen to agree. The balance ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  17. Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 2018 (1.5L)(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016’s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  18. Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 (3L)(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This wine represents 50% of the production of the estate | 86 IPT Very smart and much more exuberant than I had expected, Directeur Général Christian Seely prefers this wine to both his 2010 and 2016 and I happen to agree. The balance ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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