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Shiraz 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. Vignobles Chirat Cote Rotie La Rose Brune 2017
    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. Gorgeous intensity of fruit and secondary characters on the nose; rose petal, stone, smoked meat, duck, so ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
  2. Rene Rostaing 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie 2011
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. ... Learn More
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  3. Red Blends Kit

    Red Blends perfect for Summer BBQs!

    Kit Contains
    4x Dutschke Uncle Shiraz Cab Merlot 2017
    4x Heredita Cotes Du Rhone 2019
    4x Koerner Brothers Cabernet Malbec 2018

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  4. Rene Rostaing 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie 2010
    Domaine Rostaing, often called René Rostaing after its founder, is a leading wine estate in the Côte-Rôtie region of the Northern Rhône, and particularly known for its Syrah-based wines. ... Learn More
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  5. Rene Rostaing "Côte Blonde" Côte-Rôtie 2012
    Rostaing makes several Côte Rôtie wines. This includes cuvées from both the La Landonne and Côte Blonde subregions, and the Ampodium, which comes from other sites within the appellation. These are aged in a mix of ... Learn More
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  6. Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2019
    Rene’s son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage and is keeping to his father’s style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 15% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée ... Learn More
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