Marsanne, 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. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE 'LE MEAL' BLANC 2015
    The vines (more than 50 years old) produce very low yields and guarantee high quality. Depth of flavour and a powerful core of fruit. There is tension and richness here with honeysuckle and cream accentuated by a long salty finish. ... Learn More
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    Matt Walls
  2. CHAPOUTIER ERMITAGE
    The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. Many aromas characterise this wine: White fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. Rich and creamy with pear, walnut and a ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. ONLINE TASTING PACK - JEWELS OF THE RHONE WITH A MASTER OF WINE 19 NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

    This pack contains 3 bottles of some of the most revered and rare wines in the world. Wines are to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 19th of November 2020 at 6.30 pm AEDT.

    This will ... Learn More

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