Syrah, 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. 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
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  2. 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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    Decanter
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Huon Hooke
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  3. 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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    The Wine Advocate
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  4. Domaine Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage 2017
    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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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    Gary Walsh
  5. Jl Chave Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Silene 2018
    As Andrew Jefford writes in The New France, “The Chave line … could make a fair claim to be France’s winemaking royal family: in no other of France’s great terroirs is the largest individual landholder so deeply rooted in ... Learn More
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  6. Maison de Grand Esprit Chateauneuf du Pape Les Seize Galets 2008
    Aromas of cinnamon spice, plum, brown mushroom and flint. An impressive deep ruby red, clear colour. Medium to full bodied dry Rhone Blend, diameter of 14.5%. Complex wine with predominantly raspberry and cherry fruit and meaty gamey flavours. Also earthy soil, ... Learn More
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  7. Domaine Les Alexandrins St Joseph 2017
    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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  8. 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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    Huon Hooke
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    The Wine Advocate
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  9. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Crozes Hermitage Terres D'Arce 2016
    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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  10. Maison de Grand Esprit Côte-Rôtie Les Seize Galets 2008
    The wine has aromas of raspberry, spices and vanilla. The palate is simply seductive. Filled with berries and a hint of spice. ... Learn More
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  11. Domaine Michelas St Jemms Cornas Terres D'Arce 2016
    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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    The Wine Advocate
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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  12. Maison de Grand Esprit Nuit St Georges 1er cru 2007
    Red fruited with some notes of mineral, cedar and iron. The bright cherry fruits are sweet in the mouth and the finish is chewy but quite precise and minerally. ... Learn More
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  13. Maison de Grand Esprit Hermitage Les Seize Galets 2008
    Maison de Grand Esprit refers to a ‘Meeting of the Minds’ and epitomises a fusion of old world winemaking from France with new world techniques from Australia. ... Learn More
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  14. 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
  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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    James Suckling
  16. Online Tasting Pack - Rhone Tasting with an MW Thursday 20th May 6:30pm AEST

    It's that time of year, we have our anticipated Rhone arrivals coming in March so what better time to explore some of the regions best with our local Master of Wine; Andrea Pritzker.

    We'll look at three ... Learn More

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  17. 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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  18. Paul Jaboulet Aine 'La Chapelle' Hermitage 2019
    A legendary cru... Over centuries, this mythical cru has built its reputation on a single hill, and an epic history. In the beginning, the hill was home to a hermitage founded by Henri Gaspard de Sterimberg in 1224. This knight, returning ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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  19. Jl Chave Hermitage Rouge 2017
    As Andrew Jefford writes in The New France, “The Chave line … could make a fair claim to be France’s winemaking royal family: in no other of France’s great terroirs is the largest individual landholder so deeply rooted in ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  20. 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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  21. 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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    Bob Campbell MW
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  22. 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
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