Whisky, 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. MICHEL COUVREUR WHISKY THE UNIQUE AGED 4 YEARS IN OAK CASKS
    Matured partly in Scotland and partly in France, bottled without filtration. A blend of malted and un-malted cereals whisky, this spent four years in oak wood. Slight iodine fragrances with a hint of almond, vanilla roundness, floral fineness. A well ... Learn More
  2. MICHEL COUVREUR SINGLE MALT CLEARACH 43%
    Clearach is generally the name of a Scottish spirit during its three first years in the cask. Possessing intense and lively characteristics, this whisky spent 3 years in Pedro Ximenez casks. Typical to very young malts with almonds and frangipane (red ... Learn More
  3. MICHEL COUVREUR SINGLE MALT INTRAVAGAN'ZA 50%
    Couvreur is a whisky artisan of long standing. This release spent 3 years in Moscatel & Oloroso casks. Typical to very young malts with almonds and frangipane (red jasmine) fragrance, nice grassy freshness with a slight touch of honey and wood. Lively ... Learn More
  4. MICHEL COUVREUR MALT OVERAGED (12-20 YO in Pedro Ximenez casks) 43%
    Exceptional whisky matured for 12 to 20 years in rare Pedro Ximenez casks. Fruity and powerful, youthful and yet sophisticated. Fragrance of dried flowers, flaxen tobacco, sherry wine, fat almond, a little smoked. Fruity, powerful and long in the mouth. Finishes smoky ... Learn More
  5. MICHEL COUVREUR SPECIAL VATTING 45%
    A blend of 3 premium single cask whiskies, each aged over 12 years in oak. Fragrances of Sherry, leather, tobacco, fruity wood. Silky texture, powerful and very lengthy in mouth. The perfect companion for cigars, or as a digestif. ... Learn More
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