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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 Laroze 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Two-thirds merlot, one-third cabernets and 16 months barrel-ageing, 65% new. This is a powerful wine with lots of character. A complex nose of ripe plum, blackberries, wood spice and tobacco. On the palate, a subtle herbaceous note, liquorice and chocolate and lots ... Learn More
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    Markus Del Monego
  2. Chateau Trianon 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    A blend of 65% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% of the very rare Carmenere (replanted in Bordeaux from cuttings taken from Chile!). Matured in French oak barrels, 60% of which are new. The nose is bright and vibrant, showing notes of ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Decanter
  3. 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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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Vinous
  4. Chateau Corbin 2021 (En Primeur - Arrival 2024)
    In each and every vintage, the wines of Château Corbin are the fruit of true luxury craftsmanship. Carefully tended vines, a meticulous selection of the grape bunches and slow barrel ageing are prerequisites in the Corbin method to ensure ... Learn More
  5. Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc 2021(En Primeur - Arrival 2024)
    This Third Growth Grand Cru Classé producer is situated in Haut-Médoc, on the site of ‘The Village de La Lagune’ built there in 1525. The wines typically focus on freshness, elegance and aromatics. They will cellar very well but have ... Learn More
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    Decanter
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  6. 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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    James Suckling
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    Vinous
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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  7. 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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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    James Suckling
  8. Chateau La Gaffeliere 2018
    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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    Robert Parker
  9. Chateau l'Eglise Clinet 2021 (en primeur - delivery 2024)
    A deep, dark, and brooding nose gives enticing aromas of black and purple fruit, dark chocolate, liquorice and violet petals. The palate, however is bright and lively, showing vibrant acidity, sweet and tart red and black fruits, a deep, velvet ... Learn More
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    Decanter
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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  10. Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    "A wonderful wine and one of the best from Pomerol in 2021" - Decanter. This wine opens with a charming, fragrant nose, expressing aromas of ripe plums, juicy red and black berries, baking spice and rose and violet petals. The palate ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  11. Chateau Palmer 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    2021 was not an especially warm vintage compared to preceding vintages, but delivered overall fresh and elegant wines of high quality. In keeping with their house style, Chateau Palmer 2021 has a perfurmed nose, full of generous fruit such as blackberries and ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    James Suckling
  12. Chateau Angelus 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    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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    Robert Parker
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  13. Chateau Angelus 2017
    The 2017 Angélus was bottled later than many Right Bank wines, in fact just 10 days prior to my visit in late September '19. Proprietor Hubert de Böuard reminded me that there is less Cabernet Franc in the blend (30%) due ... Learn More
    Chateau Angelus 2017
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    James Suckling
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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