Red Blends, 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. 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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    United Cellars Tasting Panel
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  2. 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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    Nick Butler
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  3. 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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  4. ALAIN JAUME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE LE MIOCENE 2018
    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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    Joe Czerwinski
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  5. CH FLEUR CARDINALE 2018 (BONDED EN PRIMEUR)
    Ripe and juicy, this is a delicious wine with its fine tannins and acidity already in harmony. The structure of the wine is powerful with a dry core that will broaden out as the wine matures. ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Wine Spectator
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  6. ONLINE TASTING PACK - EXPLORING BUBBLES THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

    Wine education made fun and entertaining, let's explore some new and classic bubbles together just in time for the festive season.

    Join us for the ultimate Christmas debate, which bubbles to drink! We'll have three of our ... Learn More

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  7. DOM VIEUX TELEGRAPHE CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 'LA CRAU' 2017
    While the greatness of 2016 goes unquestioned here, Owner and winemaker Daniel Brunier called 2017, "At minimum, a very, very good vintage. We were surprised it's so fresh and balanced." Yields were down by about 50% from the previous year. The emphasis here ... Learn More
  8. DOMAINE PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1990
    Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle is undoubtedly one of the greatest red wines in the world. Named after a tiny chapel (built by the knight Gaspard de Stérimberg in 1235) sitting at the highest point of the appellation's steepest hillside, this ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
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  9. DOMAINE PAUL JABOULET HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 2010
    The 2010 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle is a better wine than nearly every Hermitage La Chapelle made under the final years of the Jaboulet familys ownership (for example, 1993-2005). The 2010 was aged in barrel and represents one-third of the Hermitage crop ( ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    Stephen Tanzer
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