Red Wine, 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. MAISON DE PARNASSE SYRAH 2017
    This Syrah is truly expressive of the South of France. Lightly perfumed with aromas of dark berries, plum, sweet spice and hints of forest bramble. The palate is rich and supple with a core of ripe and naturally sweet berried ... Learn More
  2. DOMAINE DES CASSANETS COTES DU RHONE 2017
    Sourced entirely from a vineyard that borders the esteemed Chateauneuf du Pape region, with identical 'Galet' stone soils. Awarded a Gold Medal at the Gilbert & Gaillard International Wine Challenge, this is absolutely astounding value for money. A brooding nose of ... Learn More
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  3. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2018
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
  4. BERTAINE ET FILS PINOT NOIR 2017
    The nose displays raspberry and cherry aromas with a hint of fresh herbs. A light-medium bodied palate, with ripe fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Some hints of baking spices and subtle oak in the background. To ... Learn More
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  5. MONT-REDON RESERVE COTES DU RHONE 2016
    Following careful selection of the best wines in the cellar, we make a single blend, which will be bottled at the Estate about eighteen months after the harvest. Loaded with red and black berries, beautiful violets, dried provincial herbs and ... Learn More
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  6. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' SYRAH 2016
    Aromatic nose with aromas of small mashed red fruits mixed with spicy and smokey hints. Rich and silky palate. The Le Versant Syrah Vin de Pays d'Oc has a nice aromatic complexity with a pleasant and fruity finish. Offering great ... Learn More
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  7. DOMAINE SAUVEROY IGP LOIRE ‘VITA FRUCTUM’ 2016
    Domaine du Sauveroy was founded in 1866, and is located in the heart of Les Coteaux, near the Layon river bordering the village of Saint Lambert du Lattay in Anjou. 100% Gamay from the Loire Valley, this wine is truly delicious and ... Learn More
  8. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' SYRAH 2018
    Exclusive to United Cellars - our most popular Syrah! A sumptuous and youthful Syrah from sun-drenched vineyards in the south of France. Aromatic nose with aromas of small mashed red fruits mixed with spicy and smokey hints. Rich and silky ... Learn More
  9. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' PINOT NOIR 2018
    Les Vignobles Foncalieu named 'Cooperative Winery of the Year 2012' by the Revue du Vin de France - the biggest magazine in the French wine industry! A strong and aromatic nose of red fruits mixed with liquorice notes. Medium bodied, ... Learn More
  10. VIGNOBLES CHIRAT SYRAH VIOGNIER 2018
    Voted one of the Top 5 Producers by Decanter Magazine in 2018, alongside some of the most well-known producers, Domaine JL Chave and M Chapoutier. A nose of granitic earth, smoke, garrigue herbs and blueberries. Intense palate of smoked, grilled, cured meats, ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  11. ALAIN JAUME COTES DU RHONE LES CHAMPAUVINS 2016
    Intense, brilliant garnet-red colour. It reveals lovely fruit, loads of body and a heady bouquet of ground peppers, raspberries cherry liqueur, currants, and spice box. Full-bodied and dense, it tastes more like a “baby Châteauneuf” than a Côtes ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  12. HEREDITA COTES DU RHONE 2017
    One of the most exciting new wines from this rapidly modernising region. Made by Philippe Cambie, former winemaker at Chateau Rayas. Cambie has received 100 point scores fifteen times and was also awarded global winemaker of the year in 2010 by critic ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  13. JEAN-PAUL BRUN BEAUJOLAIS 'LE RONSAY' 2018
    Already hugely popular in the European market, United Cellars are proud to be the sole importer of this incredibly enjoyable wine that is easy to drink but with enough complexity to keep every drinker happy. This wine is produced from ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  14. DOMAINE DE LA METAIRIE PINOT NOIR 2017
    Very elegant organic Pinot Noir in the Burgundian style. Red fruits meet pretty rose aromas and hints of earthy spices. Full of freshness, elegance & finesse, this wine is long, balanced and exhibits real Pinot Noir typicity - red cherry fruit ... Learn More
  15. DOMAINE DU VISSOUX BEAUJOLAIS 'LES GRIOTTES' 2017
    With aromas of tart small red fruits and boiled sweets, and a palate that is soft, fleshy and crunchy with the tartness of fresh red berry fruit: Morello cherry, raspberry, strawberry. Enjoy within 2 years ... Learn More
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  16. CHATEAU DE LACHASSAGNE CLOS DU CHATEAU MONOPOLE BOURGOGNE  PINOT NOIR 2018
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
  17. ALAIN JAUME LIRAC 'CLOS SIXTE' 2015
    Intense inky colour. On the nose, aromas of red and black ripe fruit (kirsch and wild Blackberry) are dominant. The mouth is full, with aromas of blackcurrant liquor and spice. Tannins are both harmonious and elegant thanks to the fleshy ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Nick Butler
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  18. DOMAINE MICHELAS ST JEMMS CROZES HERMITAGE FLEUR DE SYRAHNE 2018
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
  19. 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
  20. DOMAINE BRUSSET GIGONDAS TRADITION GRAND MONTMIRAIL 2017
    The Gigondas comes from a UNESCO heritage site known as the Montmirail hill, that is unlike any other vineyard on Earth. The soils are white granite rocks, and produce intense, complex reds. Domaine Brusset are one of the largest vineyard ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  21. JEAN PAUL BRUN MOULIN A VENT BEAUJOLAIS 2017
    Already hugely popular in the European market, United Cellars are proud to be the sole importer of this incredibly enjoyable wine that is easy to drink but with enough complexity to keep every drinker happy. Classic Moulin a Vent with ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  22. JEAN-PAUL BRUN FLEURIE BEAUJOLAIS 2017
    United Cellars is proud to be the sole importer of this incredibly enjoyable wine. Intensely floral nose of potpourri, dried lavender and blueberries. Soft, light mineral tannins, earthy spices but plenty of blue fruits and floral flavours, Very approachable and ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  23. CHATEAU FERRANDE GRAVES BORDEAUX 2015
    The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine ... Learn More
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    Falstaff Magazin
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  24. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2016
    A harmonious, elegant, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A mulitlayered, elegant and feminine nose that is filled with soft, ripe plums and cassis. Approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannins and a long finish. The ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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  25. DOMAINE OVERNOY TROUSSEAU 2015
    A fruity and light red wine with aromas of red and black fruits such as strawberry, cherry, blackberry or apple. The palate shows more spicy herbal aromas and the acidity os very bright and fresh. ... Learn More
  26. DOMAINE MICHELAS ST JEMMS CROZES HERMITAGE LA CHASSELIERE 2017
    Domaine Michelas st Jemms are the oldest individual winery in Crozes Hermitage established in 1961. They were the first family to leave the Cave de Tain cooperative, becoming the first independent in the region, and setting the stage for many others ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
  27. CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    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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    James Suckling
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    James Molesworth
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  28. CHATEAU LAROQUE St EMILION 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    A magnificent Grand Cru Classa, Chateau Laroque shines bright, established on the most beautiful limestone terroir of the Saint-Emilion appellation, on the right bank of Bordeaux. With 61 hectares of vines planted on a a clay plateau upon a subsoil of ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  29. DOMAINE LES ALEXANDRINS CROZES HERMITAGE 2016
    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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    Huon Hooke
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    The Wine Advocate
  30. TISSOT ARBOIS 'DD' SANS SOUFRE 2016
    A 1/3 assemblage of the 3 Jura reds: Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau. Whole-bunch Pinot Noir with the rest destemmed by hand. Made using the same process as 50 years ago: a long maceration, no pump-overs and fermented for 3 months on skins in a ... Learn More
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  31. 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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  32. 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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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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    Antonio Galloni
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  33. CHATEAU LABEGORCE MARGAUX 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Labégorce Zédé has been folded into Labégorce, both of which are owned by the Perrodo family (as is the recently acquired Marquis d'Alesme). The 53-hectare vineyard has thus grown to 65 hectares and remains ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Molesworth
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  34. THIERRY GLANTENAY BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2017
    "The disarmingly modest Thierry Glantenay is emerging as one of the Côte de Beaune's most exciting producers of red wine." -William Kelley, The Wine Advocate Perhaps the Glantenays are not well known because not much was bottled and sold ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  35. ALAIN JAUME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE MIOCENE 2017
    70% Grenache noir, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre. An intense dark-ruby colour. The nose develop aromas of ripe black fruit (such as blackberry), cherry and spice box. The palate reveals the presence of tannins, in high quantity and elegant. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
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  36. DAVID MOREAU COTE DE BEAUNE VILLAGE PINOT NOIR 2017
    The wines from David Moreau are incredibly stylish and fine with glowing colour and gorgeous flavours. Aromas of cherry, strawberry and raspberry with some hints of floral, herb and spice. The palate shows excellent juiciness, but is also elegant. It ... Learn More
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  37. DOMAINE AF GROS BOURGOGNE HAUTES COTES DE NUITS 2016
    There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented with more pumping over than punching down, with the juice ... Learn More
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  38. MAXIME GRAILLOT DOMAINE DES LISES CROZES HERMITAGE ROUGE 2016
    Fermented in tank then racked into Burgundy barrels: 10% new, 30% one year old, 30% two years old and 30% three years old. Fresh, vibrant and spicy. Lovely notes of dark fruit, herb and licorice. A bright, sappy, juicy, red fruited wine with a ... Learn More
  39. DOMAINE BRUSSET GIGONDAS LES HAUTS DE MONTMIRAIL 2017
    This Gigondas comes from a UNESCO heritage site known as the Montmirail hill, that is unlike any other vineyard on Earth. The soils are white granite rocks, and produce intense, complex reds. Domaine Brusset are one of the largest vineyard ... Learn More
  40. DOMAINE LES ALEXANDRINS ST JOSEPH 2016
    A beautiful red color with purple undertones, this wine develops aromas of black fruit, slightly roasted cocoa, pepper and sweet spices. The mouth is full of freshness, with fine tannins that give it volume and roundness. The finish is long ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Huon Hooke
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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