Merlot Blend, 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 Puy Arnaud 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    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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  2. Chateau Taillefer 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    HELD IN BOND 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 ... Learn More
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  3. Chateau Poesia 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    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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  4. Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours Côtes De Blaye 2017
    drawn from Peybon's biodynamically-certified limestone and clay soils in the Premières Côtes de Blaye (on the right bank overlooking the picturesque Gironde estuary). Wild yeast fermented with 90% fermented and aged in concrete and 10% fermented and aged in two- ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Peybonhomme 'L’Atypic' 2017
    The vines that produce this cuvée are over 40 years old. As above, the wines are wild yeast fermented, but L'Atypic is raised entirely in concrete (and bottled unfiltered). ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Kirwan 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND 2023)
    Château Kirwan is a wine that is produced from the best parcels of the vineyard that have mainly gravel soils, but some are also clay. The fruit is picked and sorted twice by hand, then vinified in separate batches ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Lassegue 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    This Saint Emilion Grand Cru belongs to Pierre Seillan, the winemaker from esteemed Californian estate Vérité. This up and coming estate is located just north east of the town of Saint-Emilion and up the road from world-renowned Chateaux such ... Learn More
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  8. 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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  9. 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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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  10. 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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  11. Chateau Ferrand 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    The 2019 vintage is characterized on the nose by a beautiful burst of fresh fruit. Merlot brings notes smooth and velvety counterbalanced by Cabernet Franc which provides structure tannic and freshness with a finish of great finesse. A balanced wine marked ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Prieure Lichine 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Prieuré-Lichine is a jewel of the Margaux appellation. Its wines express the very essence of a world-famous terroir. Every day of the year, the wine estate team shares its wine “art de vivre” with visitors from all ... Learn More
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  13. Chateau Poesia 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    “The 2019 Poesia is a real beauty... Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and Patrice Lévêque turned out a gorgeous set of 2019s. The wines are deep, ample and so expressive. Readers who want to understand the diversity of ... Learn More
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  14. Clos Fourtet 1994
    The wines of Clos Fourtet, Premier Grand Cru Classé, embody the finest of Saint-Émilion. Smooth, intriguing and seductive, their pure natural aromas are delicately woven together ... Learn More
    Clos Fourtet 1994
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  15. Chateau Queyron Pindefleurs St-Emilion 2016
    Decanter Wine Awards No.1 Bordeaux! The vineyards of Château Queyron Pindefleurs are located at the foot of the southern hillsides of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion. Since 1937 the Fillon family has cultivated this exceptional terroir with passion and pride ... Learn More
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  16. Chateau Croix Canon Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2014
    Croix Canon, Chateau Canon’s second wine, is crafted with the same precision as this Premier Grand Cru Classé. This is a complex wine, with fruity and mineral notes, a taut, well-integrated texture, and a harmonious aromatic range. Croix Canon ... Learn More
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  17. Chateau Kirwan 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Kirwan is a wine that is produced from the best parcels of the vineyard that have mainly gravel soils, but some are also clay. The fruit is picked and sorted twice by hand, then vinified in separate batches ... Learn More
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  18. Chateau Cantenac Brown 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Merlot 33% With an existing reputation for honest wines of good longevity, things are on the move at Cantenac Brown. Bought by the Le Lous family in 2020, there’s already a new environmentally responsible cellar under construction, with subtle ... Learn More
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  19. Chateau Bellevue 2011
    Berry fruits on nose accompanied by soft oaky scents. Smooth and lively on the palate. Gentle spice and toast shadings with great range. Outstanding length. ... Learn More
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  20. Chateau Malescot Saint Exupery 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Château Malescot-St-Exupéry, a 3ème Cru Classé Margaux property, can trace its history back to the 18th century. Over the years its reputation slipped and the estate became dilapidated and run-down. In 1955 Malescot-St-Exupéry was purchased by the Zuger ... Learn More
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  21. Chateau Nenin Fugue De Nénin Pomerol 2015
    The Second wine of famous Estate Chateau Nenin. Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château’s vineyards, as well as from the young ... Learn More
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  22. Chateau Nenin Fugue De Nénin Pomerol 2009
    The Second wine of famous Estate Chateau Nenin. Fugue de Nénin was created and first sold in 1997. Fugue comes from sandy-clay soils found in the eastern part of the Château’s vineyards, as well as from the young ... Learn More
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  23. Chateau Figeac 1994
    CHATEAU-FIGEAC, 1st Great Classified Growth of Saint-Emilion, offers the elegance and the refinement of the greatest Bordeaux wines. The estate’s location is remarkable, as are its outstanding terroir and its history, which is inextricably linked to that of Saint-Emilion. ... Learn More
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  24. Chateau Clinet 1994
    Modest but sure of its presence, Clinet lies at one of the highest points upon the renowned plateau at the heart of Pomerol - instantly recognisable by its red shutters and beautiful roses. It is home to one of the ... Learn More
    Chateau Clinet 1994
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  25. Chateau La Gaffeliere 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Produced by a prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint-Émilion, the Château La Gaffelière 2018 offers a magnificent expression of the terroir and grape varieties of this emblematic appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux. ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau Nenin 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Merlot 68%, Cabernet Franc 32% There is a modest shift away from the style of the past two decades at Nenin, a sibling of Léoville Las Cases. The aim is to accentuate more the red-fruit elements and soften some of the ... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. Chateau Croix de Labrie 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The focus and texture of this wine is really something. It’s totally transparent with blackberries, blueberries, earth, stone and mushrooms. - James Suckling. The 5.9 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Croix de Labrie is planted to 80% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon ... Learn More
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  29. Chateau La Croix De Gay 2009
    Château La Croix de Gay is managed by Alain Raynaud and Chantal Lebreton. The Lebreton family is an historic line of Pomerol winemakers that began their trade in 1772 but first arrived in the village way back in in 1477. The ... Learn More
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  30. Chateau Pontet Canet 2012
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Winemaker Alfred Tesseron is clearly on a roll. After moving entirely to Biodynamic farming in 2004, in the 2012 vintage Tesseron decided to vinify a small percentage of wine in Amphorae. Lovely aromas of ... Learn More
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  31. Chateau Clos Fourtet 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    From the legendary Clos Fourtet winery, this Saint-Émilion rouge has all the depth and concentration you would expect from such an esteemed Bordeaux name. The Premier Grand Cru Classé Clos Fourtet holdings have been the site of wine production ... Learn More
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  32. Chateau La Gaffeliere 2018 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    Produced by a prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint-Émilion, the Château La Gaffelière 2018 offers a magnificent expression of the terroir and grape varieties of this emblematic appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux. 2018 will be ... Learn More
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  33. Chateau La Clotte St-Emilion 2015
    In 2014 Alain Vauthier, owner of next-door Château Ausone, bought Château La Clotte, although it will continue to be run as a separate estate, however the presence of such a talented winemaker at the helm heralds only good things ... Learn More
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  34. Vieux Chateau Certan	2013
    Very appealing, bright and balanced. This estate is owned by the former winemaker of Petrus. ... Learn More
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  35. Chateau La Conseillante 2012
    Maturity: Drink 2013-2028 (For laying down). 11% Cabernet Franc and 89% Merlot. ... Learn More
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  36. Chateau Calon Segur 2020(En Primeur - Delivery 2023) 1.5L Magnum
    The Premier Cru Classe Chateau Angelus takes its name from the three church bells of the town of Saint-Emilion whose tolling has always been audible from the estate’s vineyards. This legendary property was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the ... Learn More
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  37. Chateau Angelus 2020 (En Primeur - HELD IN BOND)
    The Premier Cru Classe Chateau Angelus takes its name from the three church bells of the town of Saint-Emilion whose tolling has always been audible from the estate’s vineyards. This legendary property was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the ... Learn More
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  38. Chateau La Fleur-Petrus 2010
    A back vintage release from one of our key European suppliers, this wine has been exported direct from the Negociant cellar in Bordeaux. Nose of apple wood, cherry, sandalwood, black tea, and plum notes. Smooth, deep, and a step up ... Learn More
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  39. Chateau La Conseillante 2010
    Quintessentially floral, this dense purple-colored effort reveals sweet flowery black raspberry and blueberry liqueur notes. More power, muscle and concentration than most vintages and exquisite elegance, purity and personality. Serious tannin lurks beneath the surface, but the overall impression is ... Learn More
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  40. Chateau Angelus 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    The Premier Cru Classe Chateau Angelus takes its name from the three church bells of the town of Saint-Emilion whose tolling has always been audible from the estate’s vineyards. This legendary property was founded in 1782 and, for 8 generations, the ... Learn More
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