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France, Rhône Valley

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.
The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.
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  1. A L'Ombre Des Parasols Vaucluse Rose 2019
    Sourced from the warm and sunny Vaucluse region of the South of France, renowned for making crisp, delicious rose for a bargain price. Gorgeous pale salmon colour, with an equally pretty nose of strawberries and cream. Exceptionally well made, crisp, ... Learn More
  2. A L'Ombre Des Parasols Vaucluse Rose 2020
    Sourced from the warm and sunny Vaucluse region of the South of France, renowned for making crisp, delicious rose for a bargain price. Gorgeous pale salmon colour, with an equally pretty nose of strawberries and cream. Exceptionally well made, crisp, ... Learn More
  3. Domaine Les Cassanets Cotes Du Rhone 2020
    Sourced entirely from a vineyard that borders the esteemed Chateauneuf du Pape region, with identical 'Galet' stone soils. Awarded a Gold Medal at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Wine Challenge, this is absolutely astounding value for money. A brooding nose of ... Learn More
  4. Heredita Cotes Du Rhone 2019
    One of the most exciting new wines from this rapidly modernising region. Made by Philippe Cambie, former winemaker at Chateau Rayas. Cambie has received 100 point scores fifteen times and was also awarded global winemaker of the year in 2010 by critic ... Learn More
  5. Domaine Du Colombier Crozes-Hermitage 2013
    Showing signs of maturity, the 2004 Ermitage le Meal is an elegant, pretty and seamless Hermitage that offers up plenty of dried flowers, dried spices, leather and both blackberry and raspberry-like fruit characteristics. - Robert Parker Deep garnet red with purple ... Learn More
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  6. Domaine du Colombier "Cuvee Gaby" Crozes-Hermitage 2013
    Denser than the regular Crozes rouge, like a dry vintage port with blueberry, morello cherry and cocoa powder flavors, well-oaked with typical roasted meat nuances. Vibrant, elegant blueberry flavors. Long finish, hint of black pepper on the palate. ... Learn More
  7. Maxime Graillot Domaine des Lises Equis Crozes-Hermitage 2010
    Maxime Graillot's estate grown Crozes comes from a single vineyard near the village of Beaumont-Monteux, only a couple of kilometres from his father's vines. Here, in the most south-easterly part of the appellation, the soils are full of gravel and ... Learn More
  8. Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-Du-Pape La Crau (375ml) 2016
    Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, followed by a third sorting at the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming, followed by 25-40 days' traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and wooden vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation. ... Learn More
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  9. Vignobles Chirat Cote Rotie La Rose Brune 2017
    Voted one of the Top 5 Producers by Decanter Magazine in 2018, alongside some of the most well-known producers, Domaine JL Chave and M Chapoutier. Gorgeous intensity of fruit and secondary characters on the nose; rose petal, stone, smoked meat, duck, so ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  10. Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Domaine Charvin is a southern Rhône producer based in the famous village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Its wines are mostly Grenache-dominant blends, with smaller amounts of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Vaccarese, Bourboulenc and Carignan. The domaine was established in 1851 in Châ ... Learn More
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  11. Domaine De Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Located along the path of the Rhone River, the Rhone wine region in southeastern France is beautiful and very productive. It's typically divided into two sub-regions, the Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone, and the wines produced in these sub-regions are ... Learn More
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  12. Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007
    Domaine de Cristia is a wine estate located in Courthézon, in the eastern reaches of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards are dominated by Grenache, alongside Syrah and Mourvèdre, as well as white grape varieties like Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne ... Learn More
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  13. Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie 2010
    Domaine Pierre Gaillard is a well-regarded wine producer based in Malleval, in the northern Rhône Valley. It is perhaps best-known for its range of local Côte Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Condrieu, Cornas, and Crozes-Hermitage wines. It also owns vineyard ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  14. Domaine De La Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape 2016
    This wonderful estate is run by brother-sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, though their father (who celebrates his 50th vintage with this 2016 harvest) lends his ample experience. "As autumn is drawing to a close and the wine presses have ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  15. Maxime Graillot Domaine des Lises Equis Cornas 2009
    In France’s Northern Rhone Valley, there are few names as revered as Graillot. It was in 1985 that the now legendary Alain Graillot, who after working with the venerable Jacques Seysses at Domaine Dujac, came back to his home in ... Learn More
  16. Rene Rostaing 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie 2011
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. ... Learn More
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  17. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Hermitage Terres D'Arce 2015
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  18. Delas Freres Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron 2010
    Delas Frères is an estate based in the northern Rhône Valley, particularly known for its Syrah-based wines from the Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Crozes-Hermitages appellations. The Delas family have been involved in the production of wine in ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  19. Delas Frères Hermitage Rouge Domaine des Tourettes 2015
    Located in the northern part of the Rhône Valley, the DELAS family, a large wine trading house since 1835, operates 30 hectares of vines spread over the excellence of the northern Rhône appellations: Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte Rôtie ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
  20. Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier "Le Village" Côte-Rôtie 2012
    Domaine Stéphane Ogier is a producer in the northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. It is especially well known for varietal Syrah from several highly regarded appellations in the region, but also making small amounts of ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  21. Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 (1.5L)
    Château Mont-Redon is the largest wine producer in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with more land under vine than any other wine estate in the region. It produces both red and white wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, as well as wines ... Learn More
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    Stephen Tanzer
  22. Domaine De Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 (1.5L)
    Located along the path of the Rhone River, the Rhone wine region in southeastern France is beautiful and very productive. It's typically divided into two sub-regions, the Northern Rhone and Southern Rhone, and the wines produced in these sub-regions are ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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    Robert Parker
  23. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium 2019
    Rene’s son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage & is keeping to his father’s style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 15% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée Ampodium ... Learn More
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  24. Jean-Luc Jamet Cote Rotie 'Terrasses' 2015
    The bouquet is bold, on beef stock, iron, dense black berries, has a poised, integral sweetness, airs of raspberry liqueur, oak smoke. It’s a solid start. The palate has the theme of mineral well placed through it, a lot ... Learn More
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  25. Red Blends Kit

    Red Blends perfect for Summer BBQs!

    Kit Contains
    4x Dutschke Uncle Shiraz Cab Merlot 2017
    4x Heredita Cotes Du Rhone 2019
    4x Koerner Brothers Cabernet Malbec 2018

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  26. Rene Rostaing 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie 2010
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. ... Learn More
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  27. Château La Nerthe "Cuvée des Cadettes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010
    Château La Nerthe is a leading estate in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of the southern Rhône Valley. The estate has been producing wine since the 12th Century, but its reputation has been largely earned by current proprietors the ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  28. Andre Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux 2007 (1.5L)
    Domaine André Brunel - Les Cailloux is a wine estate located in the Rhône Valley in southern France. Best known for its Châteauneuf-du-Pape bottlings, it also produces Côtes du Rhône and IGP Vaucluse wines. The Brunel ... Learn More
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  29. Clos du Mont Olivet "Cuvée des Papet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
    Clos du Mont-Olivet is located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France and has been producing red and white wines from the region since 1932. The estate is owned by the Sabon family and is managed by third-generation family members Celine, David and Thierry ... Learn More
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  30. Domaine De La Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape 'Vieilles Vignes 2017
    This wonderful estate is run by brother-sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, though their father (who celebrates his 50th vintage with this 2016 harvest) lends his ample experience. 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% other. Years of plantation : 40% 1920, 40% 1965, 10% 1976, 10% 1993. This cuvée comes ... Learn More
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  31. Delas Freres Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron 2009 (1.5L)
    Delas Frères is an estate based in the northern Rhône Valley, particularly known for its Syrah-based wines from the Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie and Crozes-Hermitages appellations. The Delas family have been involved in the production of wine in ... Learn More
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  32. Domaine René Rostaing La Viallere 'Cuvee Reservee' Côte-Rôtie 2016
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. The first Rostaing wine was produced in 1971 when ... Learn More
  33. Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011
    Paul Avril Clos des Papes is a wine producer in the Rhône Valley, making one of the most sought-after wines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC. The estate is made up of 24 small plots throughout the appellation totalling 32 hectares (79 acres). ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  34. Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
    Paul Avril Clos des Papes is a wine producer in the Rhône Valley, making one of the most sought-after wines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC. The estate is made up of 24 small plots throughout the appellation totalling 32 hectares (79 acres). ... Learn More
  35. Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010 (1.5L)
    Domaine de Cristia is a wine estate located in Courthézon, in the eastern reaches of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards are dominated by Grenache, alongside Syrah and Mourvèdre, as well as white grape varieties like Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  36. Rene Rostaing "Côte Blonde" Côte-Rôtie 2012
    Rostaing makes several Côte Rôtie wines. This includes cuvées from both the La Landonne and Côte Blonde subregions, and the Ampodium, which comes from other sites within the appellation. These are aged in a mix of ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  37. Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2012
    Domaine de Marcoux is a historic wine estate based in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region of France's southern Rhône Valley. The estate produces a range of wines from both Châteauneuf itself as well as other, neighboring geographical designations including ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  38. Chapoutier Ermitage 'De L'Oree' Blanc 2015
    The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. A vibrant nose with aromas of white fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. Rich and creamy with pear, walnut and ... Learn More
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    Matt Walls
  39. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie 'Neve' Rouge 2017
    This wine comes from a hillside with a lovely south-southeast exposure in a lieu-dit known as Neve in the commune of Ampuis. The soil here is composed of schist and mica-schist, with some seams of ground soil in the mid-section ... Learn More
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  40. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2019
    Rene’s son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage and is keeping to his father’s style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 15% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Josh Raynolds
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