Red Wine, Georgia, France, 2015

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. 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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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Mark Faber
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    Nick Butler
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  2. 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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  3. 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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    Roger Voss
  4. Antadze Winery Georgia Saperavi 2015
    Saperavi is a dark-skinned, pink-fleshed grape variety originally from the Georgian Republic. Being the Georgian-language word for "dye", saperavi is a particularly appropriate name for this inky-black and densely tannic variety. Made from grapes grown in a relatively young vineyard ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Belregard-Figeac 2015
    The 8.5 hectares of vines situated on the commune of Libourne benefit from a gravelly, meagre and highly qualitative, early ripening terroir that produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal maturity before the summer solstice. The majority of the ... Learn More
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  6. Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe Telegramme Chateauneuf Du Pape 2015
    Located in the southeastern part of Chateauneuf du Pape and located mainly on the prime La Crau plateau, this classic and traditional estate has been run by the Brunier family for generations. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Wine Spectator
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  7. Confidences De Prieure-Lichine 2015
    “It was in 1972 that the owner of the time, ‘the Pope of wine’ Alexis Lichine, first made this second wine under the name Château de Clairefont, which is known today as Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine. This wine enjoys the ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  8. La Nerthe Chateauneuf Du Pape 2015
    Château La Nerthe is in contention for being one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate was first purchased by the Tulle de Villefranche family in 1560. The historic Château was built in 1736. Château La Nerthe ... Learn More
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  9. 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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    James Suckling
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  10. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Hermitage Terres D'Arce 2015
    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
  11. Guigal Cote Rotie 'Brune Et Blonde' 2015
    Vintage after vintage, the Collection wines have become symbols which perfectly illustrate the family’s ethos of supreme quality. Careful ageing, together with the meticulous attention paid every day by Marcel and Philippe Guigal to the selection and blending processes, ... Learn More
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    Wine Spectator
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    The Wine Advocate
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  12. Guigal Hermitage 2015
    "I loved the 2015 Hermitage, and like a lot of wines in the vintage, it might be one of those “best to date.” Young, unevolved and undeniably backward, it offers lots of minerality as well as black and blue fruits, ripe ... Learn More
    Guigal Hermitage 2015
    $150.00 Per item
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    Wine Spectator
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  13. Alter Ego De Palmer 2015
    "Most serious Alter Ego ever. More inner Ego now!" James Suckling "This is one of the most stunning estates in the Medoc and when their wine is good, it is very good. Fine florality and black fruits on the nose. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Decanter
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    Neal Martin
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  14. Domaine P. Usseglio Chateauneuf Du Pape 'Cuvee De Mon Aieul' 2015
    Classic CNDP: 100% Grenache, 0% new oak. Copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers on the nose. A seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin. '2015 is a truly sensational vintage.' - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  15. Delas Frères Hermitage Rouge Domaine des Tourettes 2015
    Located in the northern part of the Rhône Valley, the DELAS family, a large wine trading house since 1835, operates 30 hectares of vines spread over the excellence of the northern Rhône appellations: Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Côte Rôtie ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
  16. Domaine Du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf Du Pape La Crau 2015
    60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% other varities - From the fine La Crau vineyard in the Bédarrides commune from vines averaging 60 years old. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Wine Spectator
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  17. 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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    Neal Martin
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    James Suckling
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  18. Online Tasting Pack - Old World V New World Thursday 28th Oct 6:30pm AEDT

    It's back by popular demand! The ultimate debate in wine, Old World  V New World. Two Master of Wines' going head to head on arguably the most controversial subject in wine, we have Alistair Cooper MW in the ... Learn More

  19. Chateau Clos Du Marquis 2016
    "Really very sophisticated. Bravo!" Jancis Robinson MW 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. "Matured in 50% new oak, it has a pure and harmonious bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and subtle tobacco aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  20. Guigal St Joseph 'Vignes De L'Hospice' 2015
    Average age of vines: 20 to 80 years old. 30 months in 100% new oak barrels ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  21. Chateau Pape Clement 2015
    The first harvests took at Château Pape Clément place in 1252. Was implemented in the XIIth century by Bertrand de Goth, younger of a noble family from Bordeaux region. Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Got became Pope in 1305 under ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
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  22. 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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    Wine Enthusiast
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  23. Domaine De La Pousse D'Or 'Clos De 60 Ouvrees' 1er Cru 2015
    The Pousse d’Or domaine at Volnay was established in 1954. Its vineyards are anything but ordinary, consisting as they do mainly of premier and grand crus in the villages of Morey-Saint- Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay The ... Learn More
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  24. Chandon De Briailles Corton 'Clos Du Roi' Grand Cru 2015
    At an average of 60 years, the Domaine's oldest vines lie in the Clos du Roi, a vineyard high on the Corton slope with a soil rich in Bathonian limestone. It's these rocky origins, the high altitude and the SSE aspect ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  25. Chandon De Briailles Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2015
    The Bressandes vineyard straddles both the Aloxe side of Corton (on skeletal soils), and the Ladoix side (clay-rich soil) and Chandon has 1.12 hectares of vines here, spread across four separate parcels. Today, the vines average 35 years old ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
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  26. Chateau Clinet 2015
    A particularly dark and concentrated wine here, with a deep purple-black hue right out to rim. The fruit is just explosive, with creamy vanilla tinges on top of dark, macerated fruit skins, all plum and damson and cherry, with a ... Learn More
    Chateau Clinet 2015
    $350.00 Per item
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    Robert Parker
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  27. Domaine Henri Richard Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
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  28. Delas Freres Hermitage 'Les Bessards' 2015
    The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
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  29. 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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    Matt Walls
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
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    Mark Faber
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  30. ONLINE TASTING PACK - FRENCH WINE NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout late August and early September 2020.

    Across 4 weeks we will ... Learn More

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    Mark Faber
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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Mark Faber
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  31. Delas Freres Hermitage 'Les Bessards' 2015 Magnum
    The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
  32. Guigal 'La Turque' 2015
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
    Guigal 'La Turque' 2015
    $950.00 Per item
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    The Wine Advocate
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  33. Guigal 'La Mouline' 2015
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Wine Spectator
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  34. Guigal 'La Landonne' 2015
    The treasures are born in the very heart of the most legendary of the illustrious plots of the Maison Guigal. These precious bottles are as coveted as they are rare and have benefited from extreme care at every stage of ... Learn More
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    Wine Spectator
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  35. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015
    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This has a refined, elegant nose showing blackberry and bilberry aromas to begin with. Secondary notes of liquorice and tobacco add to the complex range of aromas. Lovely intensity on the fresh, full-bodied palate. ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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    Decanter
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  36. Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2015
    A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot. A ripe nose with aromas of cassis and a complexity given by graphite and spice notes. The nose leads onto a well structured palate. It has a fresh mouthfeel and fine tannins. Although ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Wine Enthusiast
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Neal Martin
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    Decanter
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  37. Domaine Leroy Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru 2010
    The Domaine Leroy 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is a wine for the ages, opening in the glass with a classic bouquet of incense, smoky black fruits, red cherry and pencil shavings. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Vinous
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