France, Saint-Joseph

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 LES ALEXANDRINS ST JOSEPH 2016
    A beautiful red color with purple undertones, this wine develops aromas of black fruit, slightly roasted cocoa, pepper and sweet spices. The mouth is full of freshness, with fine tannins that give it volume and roundness. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Huon Hooke
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    The Wine Advocate
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  2. GUIGAL ST JOSEPH 'VIGNES DE L'HOSPICE' 2015
    Average age of vines: 20 to 80 years old. 30 months in 100% new oak barrels ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  3. ONLINE TASTING PACK -TOUR DE RHONE THURSDAY 9TH JULY

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 6 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 9th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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    Matt Walls
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mark Faber
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  4. 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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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Campbell Mattinson
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