France, Saint-Julien

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 GLORIA 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. "This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost ... Learn More
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  2. CHATEAU GLORIA 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    Château Gloria is an unclassified St-Julien property that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths. Henri Martin, a cooper by upbringing, took over the property in 1942 and began purchasing plots of vineyards from ... Learn More
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  3. LA CROIX DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2016
    The 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. "It has quite a rich and opulent bouquet, quite glossy with scents of kirsch, crushed strawberry, crème de cassis and a touch of vanilla. ... Learn More
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  4. CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 2016
    The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. "The nose is quite intense with black fruit infused with pencil shaving and a touch of tobacco, unashamedly classic in style, a little distant compared to ... Learn More
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  5. CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. "It has a very pure, fragrant bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and wet limestone, extremely precise to the point where you might think it was ... Learn More
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  6. CHATEAU TALBOT 2016
    The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. "The 2016 Talbot has a conservative bouquet with slightly leafy black fruit, a subtle earthiness that percolates through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and tensile tannin. There is an ... Learn More
    CHATEAU TALBOT 2016
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  7. CHATEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 2015
    This famous and historic Saint Julien 2nd growth is popular throughout the world and is usually released at the most reasonable price of all the so-called "super-seconds". The 82 hectare vineyard is one of the largest of the classed growths. The 2015 ... Learn More
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  8. CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2018 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    Anthony Barton's second growth is always a top quality Bordeaux of classic proportions. Structured, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines are produced here that are serious, controlled and pure. The 50 hectare vineyard is planted 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Always the ... Learn More
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  9. CHATEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE 2016
    The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. "...it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crème de cassis and violets. ... Learn More
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  10. CLOS DU MARQUIS 2010
    Now essentially treated as a separate estate by Jean-Hubert Delon, and not as a second wine of Leoville Las Cases (whose second wine is now the newly introduced Le Petit Lion), Clos du Marquis has been a shrewd consumer's purchase ... Learn More
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  11. CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Leoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot. "It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton, plenty of intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, minerals, cedar and a hint of licorice. The palate is a little chewy ... Learn More
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  12. CLOS DU MARQUIS 2005
    “The Clos du Marquis, the second label of Léoville-Las Cases, was created at the end of the 19th century. This name, which has been used on a regular basis since the beginning of the last century, originates from the ... Learn More
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  13. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Leoville-Las Cases comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. "It is initially tightly coiled on the nose and needed coaxing from the glass. There are scents of small black cherries, boysenberry, crushed violets and a slight flintiness that emerges ... Learn More
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  14. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2017
    The 2017 Léoville Las Cases, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon with 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 50- to 90-year-old vines, is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of crushed blackcurrants, wild blueberries and plum preserves with notions of wood ... Learn More
  15. CHATEAU DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2016
    The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, and was awarded 100 points by Wine Spectator magazine "The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. ... Learn More
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  16. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1988
    The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the ... Learn More
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  17. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2000
    The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the ... Learn More
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  18. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1990
    The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the ... Learn More
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  19. CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 1986
    The grand vin of Léoville-Las Cases was classified as one of the original fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification. The estate sits right on the northern edge of the Saint-Julien AOC, bordering the ... Learn More
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