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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 La Dame De Montrose 2016
    Château Montrose is a well-regarded and critically much-lauded wine estate based in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux's northern Médoc region. The estate was ranked as a second growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, and is regarded as one ... Learn More
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  2. Charles Heidsieck Blanc De Blanc Nv
    Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte ... Learn More
  3. Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Champs Pimont Rouge 1er Cru 2019
    Since 1868, Domaine Jacques Prieur has created one of the rarest mosaics of terroirs in Burgundy. This splendid Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir produced from a 2.06 hectare plot, 100% aged in new oak barrels for 17 months. The 2019 is intense and dark ruby ... Learn More
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    A prestigious wine estate founded in the 17th century in the Bordeaux region. Located south of the medieval city of Saint-Émilion, Château Canon-La-Gaffelière has been under the direction of Stephen von Neipperg since 1983. Complex herby, floral and ... Learn More
  7. Pierre Boisson Auxey-Duresses Rouge 1er Cru 2018
    A superb, indulgent Auxey-Duresses, with very great refinement. The nose is bursting with fresh cherry, blackcurrant, some floral notes and an earthy tone. The palate is deep and intense, with a juicy core, fine tannins and a velvet texture. A ... Learn More
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2017
    Named Producer of the Year in 2016 by “Bourgogne Aujourd’hui,” Patrick Landanger has truly restored this historic estate to its former glory. Arguably the finest and most prestigious Burgundy house in Volnay, Domaine de la Pousse d’Or was originally ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
  11. Chateau Talbot 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    A great St-Julien that reflects the estate more than the vintage - a definite compliment to the winemaking team as well as those 50-year-old (on average) vines that are less swayed by climatic changes. This is full of blackberry and ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
  12. Chateau Nénin 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    I think the 2018 Château Nenin might check in behind the magical 2019, but it's certainly in the same league as the 2016. Based roughly on 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, its deep purple color is followed by a beautiful nose of ripe ... Learn More
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  13. Alter Ego de Palmer 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    A fantastic second wine from the Third Growth Chateau Palmer. Unlike the flagship wine, this wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%). While it maintains the elegant, fruit-forward house style, it is somewhat more savoury than the flagship wine. On the nose, ... Learn More
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  14. Henriot Brut Millesime 2008
    Fresh as a daisy and light as a feather, this blend of Premier and Grand Crus adds takes this great vintage year, which also marks the 200th anniversary of Maison Henriot ; 1808 – 2008, to even dizzier heights. Clear, gold and sparkling in ... Learn More
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  15. Gosset 'Grand Millesime' Vintage 2012 Champagne
    This is a wine that results from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. The first nose is very fresh and expressive with notes of hawthorn, lilac, wild white flowers and fruit notes such as pear, plum and Mirabelle. The ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
  16. Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits-St-Georges Bas De Combe Vieilles Vignes 2015
    (from 80-year-old vines adjacent to Vosne-Romanée): Moderately saturated dark red. Crushed blackberry and spicy oak scents are lifted by a subtle violet topnote. Full, supple and very ripe, with the high percentage of millerandé grapes giving the wine a ... Learn More
  17. Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2020
    From 3 different parcels close to 1er and grand crus. A deeper minerality but with fine and attractive top notes too. This has the airy delicious qual- ity of the top St.Aubins, perhaps a touch less focus but with a ... Learn More
  18. Joseph Colin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru 'En Remilly' 2020
    Here is a beautiful nose of freshness and a slight sherbet energy at the top. Open, crystalline, melting, directly a great wine – airy but I don’t need impact when I have this flavour. Bravo – so stony and so pure! • ... Learn More
  19. Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Clos Feguine Rouge 1er Cru 2019
    Since 1868, Domaine Jacques Prieur has created one of the rarest mosaics of terroirs in Burgundy. This splendid Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir produced from a 2.06 hectare plot, 100% aged in new oak barrels for 17 months. The 2019 is intense and dark ruby ... Learn More
  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Champagne Jacquinot 'Harmonie Millesime' 2009
    Pierre Jacquinot and his 2 sons Jacques and Jean-Guy have created "Champagne Jacquinot & Fils" in 1947. The family currently owns a vineyard of 17 hectares in the underground caves in Epernay and produces terroir-driven, unique champagne of high quality. Produced only in exceptional ... Learn More
  23. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Poutures 2019
    It seems that the site of Pommard is one of the oldest winemaking activities of the Cote. Installed in this place for more than 2000 years, the Gaulois would have selected and multiplied the pinot noir. A temple dedicated to the ... Learn More
  24. Chateau Chasse-Spleen 2010
    Château Chasse-Spleen is a winery in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation to the west of Margaux. It has long been viewed as the leading estate in that appellation – alongside Château Poujeaux – and is widely regarded, if not of being ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  25. Domaine Matrot Meursault Blagny 1er 2019
    Pale lemon and lime. A more restrained nose, far from the madding crowd of 2019, this Meursault-Blagny has kept its freshness. It offers greater tensile strength than the village Meursault, but not significantly more volume. Lemon apple finish. ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 2018
    The pale to medium lemon-gold colored 2018 Suduiraut comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of candied peel, warm pineapple, guava and key lime pie with hints of orange marmalade and beeswax. The palate is packed with power and ... Learn More
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  27. Domaine Ponsot Saint-Romain Blanc Cuvée de la Mésange 2018
    Nestled in an elevated valley behind Auxey-Duresses, Ponsot’s stony and rugged source vineyard is typical of Saint-Romain’s cool, limestone-rich terroir. And yet the wine offered here is far from typical, with a quality, complexity and seduction that is ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau Gaffelière 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 La Gaffeliere reveals classically sophisticated scents of ripe black plums, warm blackberries and cigar box with touches of star anise, dried Provence herbs, chocolate mint and truffles. Full-bodied, it has a solid backbone of ripe, rounded ... Learn More
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  29. Chateau Pape Clement Rouge 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan makes both red and white wine from their 32.5 hectare vineyard. Vineyards for the red wine is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, while the soils ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  30. Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2015
    Château Prieuré-Lichine is an estate in the Margaux appellation of Bordeaux, ranked as a Fourth Growth in the official Bordeaux Classification of 1855. It is regarded as one of Margaux's most consistent producers and is known for its elegance ... Learn More
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  31. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2007
    Château Smith Haut Lafitte is located in Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank of the Garonne River. During the 1959 Classification of the Graves it was rated as Grand Cru Classé for its red wine. Nowadays the estate is also ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  32. Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2019
    Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les ... Learn More
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  33. Chateau Lascombes 2018 (Ex Chateau)
    The 2018 Lascombes is deep garnet-purple in color and a little reduced to begin, offering tar and scorched earth notions over an emerging core of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves and charcuterie plus hints of bay leaves and underbrush. Full, richly fruited ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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  34. 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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    Josh Raynolds
  35. Chateau Gruaud Larose 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Based on 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château Gruaud Larose sports a dense purple hue as well as a stunning nose of pure crème de cassis, cedar pencil shavings, blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, and a ... Learn More
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  36. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles 2019
    '"Bright crimson colour with ripe fruit aromas on the nose. Nice balance. Very chic on the nose, largely on red fruits but with attractive floral notes. Slight acidity with tannins at the end of the mouth. Very elegant." Jasper Morris ... Learn More
  37. Chateau de Pommard Clos Marey Monge Monopole Esprits 2018
    Clos Marey‑Monge is a collection of different micro-climates and soil types. Each of our seven terroirs – Simone, Nicolas-Joseph, Grands Esprits, Chantrerie, 75 Rangs, Micault, and Émilie – is a different composition of limestone, iron-rich clay, alluvium and other minerals essential to ... Learn More
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  38. Domaine Comte Armand Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets 2017
    This is beautifully heady and perfumed. Some parcels are nearly 90 years old, and others 35 years old, with the crop a healthy 49.6hl/ha. Again, there is the impression of purity, sensuality and structure, aided in part by the contiguity of ... Learn More
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  39. Chateau Clos Du Marquis 2016
    Producer Château Léoville-Las Cases is an estate in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux, ranked as a second growth in the 1855 Classification of the Médoc and Graves. Typical of the appellation, Château Léoville-Las Cases is Cabernet ... Learn More
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  40. Domaine Chavy Chouet Pommard Premier Cru Les Chanlins 2020
    Les Chanlins is located above and beside Les Rugiens, closer to the village of Volnay than to Pommard itself. It is a steeply sloping rocky plot producing a tense, mineral wine with very noble tannins ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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