France

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 Clos Marsalette Rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Savory aromas of black olive, dried mushroom, iodine and earth, as well as wild blackberry and clove. It’s medium-bodied with firm, sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Bitter berry notes on the finish. Hint of jam, but turns firm. - ... Learn More
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  2. Chateau Haut Brisson 2018 (Ex Chateau)
    The 2018 Haut-Brisson comes from Vignonet and Monbousquet in Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, from the lieu-dit Laroque. It is blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and has 14.6% alcohol. It is aging in 35% new, 35% one-year-old and 30% two-year-old barrels for an anticipated 18 months. It has ... Learn More
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  3. Chateau L'Esprit de Chevalier blanc 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The entry-level white from Domaine de Chevalier, the 2018 L'Esprit De Chevalier is smoking good, and at some point, could make you wonder about the rationale for spending the extra money for the top wine. Ripe lemon, citrus, sliced pineapple, and ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau Lespault-Martillac Rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Château Lespault-Martillac is terrific, and despite having gravellier, draining soils, the Graves region turned out plenty of beautiful wines in the vintage. This deeply colored effort offers medium to full-bodied richness and notable elegance to go with classic ... Learn More
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  5. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2014
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  6. Herve Souhaut Gamay La Souteronne 2020
    Maturing is done on fine lees, in second-hand oak casks. ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Ormes de Pez 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Merlot 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 4% This is a super effort from the Lynch-Bages team this year. The drought has given concentration, but not at the expense of delicacy. That is evident at first from the colour, which is ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau D’Armailhac 2020 (Bonded - HELD IN BOND)
    GOODS HELD IN BOND IN FRANCE. RELEASED MID 2023 AND SHIPPED UPON REQUEST This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. The blend here in 2018 ... Learn More
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  9. Clos Martin Chablis 1er Cru 2019
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
  10. Herve Souhaut Syrah 2020
    This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from a parcel of 30-year-old vines located on the slopes of the Doux river. ... Learn More
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  11. Louis Michel Chablis 2019
    "Our Chablis vineyards, located primarily in the lush Valvan valley, are on average 25 years old. Wine produced from these 8 parcels, blended and matured in the true Chablis tradition, reveal all the facets of this rich ground." Louis Michel & Fils It ... Learn More
  12. Château Guiraud 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    Spicy and intense with dried-apple, peach and some stone character. It’s medium-bodied and sweet, yet fresh and vivid. - James Suckling The Premier Grand Cru Classé Guiraud takes its name from the Bordeaux négociant Pierre Guiraud, who purchased ... Learn More
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  13. Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Cote du Py Beaujolais 2019
    The blackest cherries you can imagine here, but it's startlingly fresh. Still very young but with a fabulously silky texture and delicate minerality that underlines the ravishing fruit beautifully. Very long, cool and stony finish that is so inspiring ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau Potensac 1989
    The estate's Grand Vin's vineyards are located west of Ordonnac village. Its rows of vines grow on a double thalweg of gravelly-clay. They produce a very fine wine with tight texture, great richness and wonderful freshness. On the palate, the ... Learn More
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  15. Chablis 1er Cru "Clos Martin" 2018
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
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  16. Christian Moreau Chablis Ac 2019
    40+ years old vines. Aged 100% in stainless steel. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the premier cru sites of Montee de Tonnerre and Vaillons. This terroir has historically always been very highly ... Learn More
  17. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Buehl' 2017 (En Primeur)
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. ... Learn More
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  18. Louis Moreau Les Forneaux 1er Cru Chablis 2017
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
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  19. Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2018
    This wine can be enjoyed within 2 years. Their bouquet displays a dominance of mineral notes, which are often associated with delicate touches of citrus fruit (lemon and grapefruit). It's a ripe, poised and vibrantly fresh Chablis with juicy nectarine, mixed ... Learn More
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  20. Domaine Gourt De Mautens Rose 2011
    25% Grenache Noir, 25% Carignan, 25% Mourvèdre, 25% Counoise. "Slightly evolved notes of ripe apple, lees, orange rind and buttered citrus. a balanced, supple texture and nicely integrated acidity, it finishes clean and dry." Jeb Dunnuck ... Learn More
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  21. Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! Offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice on the nose, it follows ... Learn More
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  22. Chateau Poesia 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The history of Château Poesia is marked by its acquisition by Hélène Garcin and Patrice Leveque in 2014. Previously Château Poesia was known as Château Haut Villet. His name “Poesia” comes from the other estates – located ... Learn More
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  23. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Bourgogne Rouge 2017
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
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  24. Chateau Cruzelles 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Les Cruzelles comes from gravelly-clayey soil, the Merlot picked September 18-25 and the Cabernet Franc on September 28, and is raised in 40% new oak. It has a more opulent, higher-toned bouquet compared to the La Chenade, offering expressive blueberry and ... Learn More
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  25. Chateau Cantemerle 2016 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot - Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (medium toast), of which 40% are new. "The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet... There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco. The ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau Taillefer 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The 12 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Taillefer is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a continuing change in the vineyard as Chateau Taillefer has over the years removed the substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard, ... Learn More
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  27. Chateau Potensac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Château Potensac sports a saturated purple color as well as a Cabernet-dominated nose of blackcurrants, cassis, tobacco, and earth. This beauty is full-bodied and concentrated, with notable freshness balancing terrific ripeness. It’s going to evolve nicely for ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau Couhins Blanc 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Pretty and slightly grapey on the nose, delicately floral. Fragrant with blackcurrant bud. Crisp acidity and a lightly grainy texture. Hint of spice and lots of fresh citrus on the palate. Tight, lively and persistent. - Jancis Robinson ... Learn More
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  29. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Berg' 2015
    The grapes are harvested by hand into 20kg trays. Fine with notes of plum, fresh tangerine citrus, grapefruit, with menthol and celery. Slender and crisp on the palate. This wine has a weave of salty bitters underscored by a dash ... Learn More
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  30. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Buehl' 2015
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. The nose exhibits exotic fruit aromas such as pineapple and mango with mineral notes of blossoms. The palate is powerful ... Learn More
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  31. Trimbach Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2015 375ml
    A gewurztraminer masterpiece! Smells like walking through a tropical garden at dawn. On the palate, it is creamy and elegant at the same time. With just enough sweetness to fit into this category and just enough acidity to make the ... Learn More
  32. Domaine Chevrot et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
    From an exceedingly satisfying vintage, a pinot that offers immediate contentment upon tasting. Aligning a multitude of flowers, early season plums and pomegrante with a fluid texture on the palate. Acidity is nonaggressive, owing to the vintages voluptuousness. An ideal ... Learn More
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  33. Chateau La Fleur Penin 2018
    "Our estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when it was bought by Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine." Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château ... Learn More
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  34. Chateau Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Puy Arnaud’s wine range is designed to be eclectic and creative. Its goal is to offer you wines for every occasion: fruity wines with friends, good Bordeaux at the restaurant during lunch, crisp and tense Rosé for summer holiday ... Learn More
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  35. Pignier Cuvee a La Percenette Chardonnay 2018
    The plot known as “à la Percenette” has a southerly exposure in the Val de Vallière gorge, facing the slope on which Montaigu is situated. Calcareous lias marls, paper shales rich in bloating clays, kaolinites and pyrites. A super terroir ... Learn More
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  36. Domaine Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage 2017
    The color is of an intense black. The nose shows a delicate but complex bouquet of aromas: pretty notes of black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberries), smoked and grilled notes and sweet spices. In the mouth, the attack is full of freshness, ... Learn More
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  37. Domaine Robert-Denogent Macon-Fuisse Les Taches 2018
    There are only 15 hectares of Mâcon-Fuissé, and this comes from a half-hectare plot with clay/limestone soils. ... Learn More
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  38. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2015
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  39. Chateau La Fleur Penin 2016
    "Our estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when it was bought by Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine." Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château ... Learn More
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  40. Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose 2019
    Often considered "The greatest Rose in the World" by wine critic Robert Parker, Domaine Tempier always rates alongside neighbour Domaine Ott, but is always the more affordable wine! The grapes used to make our rosé come from selected parcels where ... Learn More
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