France, Puligny-Montrachet

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. DOMAINE CHAVY CHOUET PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1ER CRU FOLATIERES 2019
    Made by Romaric Chavy, one of the up and coming young producers of the Cote d'Or. Exclusive to United Cellars. Sourced from 60 year old vines on a tiny 1 hectare plot in Puligny Montrachet, known the world over for exceptional Chardonnay. ... Learn More
  2. DOMAINE ETIENNE SAUZET PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU "LES PERRIERES" 2017 (PRE-ARRIVAL FOR FEBRUARY 2021)
    Very different from the domaine's higher altitude wines, with rounder, sweeter flavours of pear, nectarine, honey and aniseed. There's still a refreshing, zesty finish, and in some ways this is the more classic Puligny ... Learn More
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  3. DOMAINE ETIENNE SAUZET PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU "LE CHAMP CANET" 2017 (PRE-ARRIVAL FOR FEBRUARY 2021)
    The wine delivers a fine aromatic constellation of white peach, apple, chalky minerality, orange zest, spring flowers and a nice touch of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, fullbodied, long and very racy in profile, with a ... Learn More
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  4. DOMAINE ETIENNE SAUZET PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU "LES COMBETTES" 2017 (PRE-ARRIVAL FOR FEBRUARY 2021)
    An admirably cool yet ripe nose offers up notes of white peach, honeysuckle, wet stone and soft spice nuance. The impressively-scaled, rich, fullbodied and palate staining broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that does an excellent job of buffering the ... Learn More
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