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. VEUVE AMBAL VIN MOUSSEAUX ROSE NV
    Veuve Ambal specialises in sparkling wine from the Burgundy region in France. Founded in the heart of Burgundy in 1898 & sourced from 40+ year old vineyard blocks. The bouquet shows inviting notes of red fruits and florals with some biscuity complexity. The ... Learn More
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  2. FLEURS DE PARIS COTES DE PROVENCE ROSE 2016
    Made by the renowned Château de Brigue with 100% estate grown fruit from Côte de Provence. The winery is managed by four brothers, the third generation of the Brun family. A blend of 35% Syrah, 35% Cinsault and 30% Mourvèdre. Clean ... Learn More
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  3. LE PARADOU ROSE 2019
    "Paradou" in the old Provençal language refers to the old windmills near the vineyards. The Chaudière Family have carefully selected sandy, limestone soils to grow the grapes for this 100% Cinsault rosé. Crisp & easy to share, with a a ... Learn More
    LE PARADOU ROSE 2019
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  4. LE VERSANT FONCALIEU 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' SYRAH 2018
    A sumptuous and youthful Syrah from sun-drenched vineyards in the south of France exclusive to United Cellars. Aromatic nose with aromas of small mashed red fruits mixed with spicy and smokey hints. Rich and silky palate, offering great vibrancy and ... Learn More
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  5. LISTEL ROSE 2017
    #1 most popular Rose in France. A light, refreshing & easy-going wine with bright aromatics. The medium-weighted palate is lifted by refreshing, citrus-flavoured acidity, ending with an orange and strawberry fuelled finish. ... Learn More
    LISTEL ROSE 2017
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  6. CHATEAU HAUT MAGINET BORDEAUX ROUGE 2018
    Intensely coloured, with invting aromas of black cherry yogurt and blackcurrant coulis. A blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, this is a supple wine with good mid-palate fruit flavours of blackcurrants and raspberry. Bright acidity & ripe tannins with ... Learn More
  7. A L'OMBRE DES PARASOLS VAUCLUSE ROSE 2019
    Sourced from the warm and sunny Vaucluse region of the South of France, renowned for making crisp, delicious rose for a bargain price. Gorgeous pale salmon colour, with an equally pretty nose of strawberries and cream. Exceptionally well made, crisp, ... Learn More
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  8. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' VIOGNIER 2019
    A stunning United Cellars exclusive. Intense apricot, peach and rose, with hints of ginger spice. Strong and generous on the palate with a smooth and fruity finish. 'Best Co-operative Producer' - France's leading wine magazine. ... Learn More
  9. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' ROSE 2019
    A stunning United Cellars exclusive, from the sun-drenched Languedoc. A great summertime sipper, lingering pleasantly on the palate. A delicate, pretty nose, deliciously scented with notes of red fruits combined with more floral aromas like apple and orange blossom. 'Best ... Learn More
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  10. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' CHARDONNAY 2019
    A stunning United Cellars exclusive, similar to a well made Mâcon. Lively, fresh & well-rounded Chardonnay from the Languedoc. Aromatics of honey, freshly squeezed grapefruit, stone fruits & hints of toast. 'Best Co-operative Producer' - France's leading wine magazine. ... Learn More
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  11. VEUVE AMBAL VIN MOUSSEAUX BLANC DE BLANC NV
    Veuve Ambal specialises in sparkling wine from the Burgundy region in France. Founded in the heart of Burgundy in 1898 & sourced from 40+ year old vineyard blocks. The nose is fine and delicate in style, with aromas of citrus and honeysuckle. The ... Learn More
  12. DOMAINE LA BASTIDE SYRAH 2016
    A rich Languedoc Syrah from Chateau La Bastide, built in 1770. Deliciously concentrated flavours from old vines that makes for a consistently excellent wine. Packed with ripe fruit aromas, this wine does not hold back! Juicy, with aromas of blackberries, black ... Learn More
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  13. VAL D'ASTIER ONE MAURES PROVENCE ROSE 2018
    The perfect pale salmon colour, coming from the blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and a splash of Ugni Blanc. Made from the prestigious subregion of Maures - the southern-most tip of the gulf of St Tropez. An attractive nose of ... Learn More
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  14. DOMAINE LES CASSANETS COTES DU RHONE 2019
    Made by Philippe Cambie, former winemaker at Chateau Rayas. Sourced entirely from a vineyard that borders the esteemed Chateauneuf du Pape region. A brooding nose of dry herbs and dusty, chalky earth. The palate has a great mix of plush ... Learn More
  15. JOVLY VOUVRAY 2019
    Crisp, fresh and fruity, Jovly Vouvray is a modern white wine, with a pale yellow colour and a floral bouquet. Made purely from Chenin Blanc, this Loire white is off-dry, well balanced and versatile. Bright aromatics of white blossoms & summer ... Learn More
    JOVLY VOUVRAY 2019
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  16. DOMAINE LA MONTAGNETTE COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES SIGNARGUES 2018
    "One of safest, most reliable Cotes du Rhone cuvees coming from this large cooperative south of Avignon"- Robert Parker. Full, fragrant aromas of smoky cassis & blackberries, with hints of dried orange peel & sweet spice. The palate is plush & full ... Learn More
  17. BOUTINOT "LES COTEAUX SCHISTEUX" SEGURET 2015
    Single vineyard, 50+ year old vines, hand picked from extremely steep, high altitude limestone terraces above the village of Séguret. Instantly appealing, with typically opulent fruit flavours of Grenache & a streak of savoury Syrah at its core. Waves of luscious, ... Learn More
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  18. DOMAINE DU PEGAU COTES DU RHONE MACLURA 2016
    Produced by one of the top family owned & operated estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A classic Grenache dominant southern Rhone blend, with notes of lavender, exotic herbs, pepper, and sweet dark fruits. A warm, savoury nose & an opulent palate showcasing the estate’ ... Learn More
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  19. HENRI ROUSSEAU BdB CHARDONNAY BRUT NV
    Great value bubbles, exclusively imported by United Cellars. A fine & delicatly styled Blanc de blanc, made from 100% Chardonnay grown in Burgundy. Delicious lemon, apricot & apple flavours- a sell out every year! ... Learn More
  20. ALBERT LE BRUN CHAMPAGNE CUVEE RESERVE BRUT NV
    A beautifully balanced Champagne, offering up bright citrus aromas, toasty brioche and lingering green apple notes. Family owned & operated for the past 135 years, in the heart of the Cotes de Blancs area. 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. ... Learn More
    ALBERT LE BRUN CHAMPAGNE CUVEE RESERVE BRUT NV
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  21. DOMAINE JAEGER DEFAIX RULLY 1ER CRU 'LES CLOUX' 2012
    An organic & well structured Premier Cru, that has gained an international cult following. The wine (100% Chardonnay) is fermented and aged in oak barrels for 18 months, in the Domaine's ancient cellars and then bottled after only a light filtration. Balanced yet ... Learn More
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  22. LOUIS MOREAU CHABLIS A.O.C. 2018
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
  23. Domaine Chavy-Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2017
    Not your average Bourgogne Blanc- sourced from a tiny 3 hectare plot adjacent to Puligny Montrachet. Made by Romaric Chavy, one of the up & coming young producers of the Cote. Sourced from 40 year old vines & matured for 10 months in 10% new French ... Learn More
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  24. DOMAINE LES ALEXANDRINS CROZES HERMITAGE 2016
    A perfect expression of this terroir. 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, dense, ... Learn More
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  25. ORBAN CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE NOIR BRUT NV
    If you like your Champagne dry & clean with great fruity notes, this is the one! Since 1770, the Orban family has been growing grapes in Troissy, a region renowned for its Pinot Meunier. The wine has a fine mousse and supple ... Learn More
  26. CHAMPAGNE DRAPPIER 1ER CRU BRUT NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! One of the finest Grower Champagnes on the market, crafting luxury Champagne for more ... Learn More
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  27. LOUIS MOREAU CHABLIS PREMIER CRU 'LES FOURNEAUX' 2018
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
  28. CHATEAU CALON-SEGUR "LE PETIT CALON" ST ESTEPHE 2017
    Le Petit Calon is produced from the land of Château Calon Ségur, third growth of Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé. The team uses the fruit from its youngest vines to craft a more fruit-forward, earlier-drinking, Merlot-driven style of Bordeaux ... Learn More
  29. CHAMPAGNE AUTREAU BRUT 1ER CRU CHAMPAGNE NV
    Made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meuneir & 20% Chardonnay from Premier Cru vineyards, and aged for two years in bottle before release. Deep aromas of fresh fruits and hint of nuts. The taste is full bodied and rich with fruit though elegant ... Learn More
  30. DENIS BACHELET BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2015
    A fresh and attractive nose offers up notes of both red and dark berry fruit scents that exhibit a background note of violets. The delicious, round and seductively textured flavors possess a fleshy mouth feel that beautifully complements the balanced, ... Learn More
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  31. PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS CUVEE CUIS 1ER CRU NV
    Consistently, classy, light & fresh, celebrating the purity of Cuis. 100% Chardonnay from five different harvests, blended in a subtle but classic "Pierre Gimonnet" style. Low dosage and aged in bottle for up to 30 months before release. "One of the most pristine ... Learn More
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  32. CHAMPAGNE AUTREAU GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE NV
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
  33. VIRTUAL TASTING PACK - FRANCE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Join our Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, live from the UK, who will be hosting our series of online, interactive tastings during the COVID-19 lockdown. This pack contains a bottle ... Learn More

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  34. ALAIN JAUME CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE 'LE MIOCENE' 2018
    A bold Châteauneuf du Pape, with all the classical expressions of the region at an unbelievable price. Traditionally hand harvested, using certified organic processes. Captivating aromas of ripe black fruit such as blackberry, cherry and spice. Established in the ... Learn More
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  35. PETIT CANTENAC ST EMILION GRAND CRU 2016
    The 2016 Petit Cantenac is a blend of 90% Merlot with 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 30% new oak. It has a concentrated nose of blackberry, truffle and fig, the Cabernet Franc imparting a light peppery note. The palate is structured ... Learn More
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  36. DOMAINE CHAVY-CHOUET MEURSAULT CLOS DES CORVEES 2017
    Made by Romaric Chavy, one of the up and coming young producers of the Cote d'Or. This is sourced from a tiny (only 0.9 hectares!) Monopole that Romaric's family owns. Sourced from 65 year old vines & matured for 10 months in 40% new French ... Learn More
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  37. PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS ROSE DE BLANCS NV
    A true expression of the finest Chardonnay with a touch of the finest Grand Cru Pinot Noir. Crafted by the Champagne house that has been renowned for generations for the quality of the Blanc de Blancs. "The ultimate aperitif Rose" ... Learn More
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  38. CHAMPAGNE DRAPPIER ROSE BRUT NATURE NV
    The trump card of this luxury Champagne House, who have been crafting artisinal bubbles for more than two centuries. A pure expression of 100% Pinot Noir from Urville & exclusive to United Cellars. Low sulphites, zero dosage & unfiltered to preserve as much ... Learn More
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  39. CHATEAU QUEYRON PINDEFLEURS ST-EMILION 2016
    Decanter Wine Awards No.1 Bordeaux! The vineyards of Château Queyron Pindefleurs are located at the foot of the southern hillsides of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion. Since 1937 the Fillon family has cultivated this exceptional terroir with passion and pride ... Learn More
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  40. CHAMPAGNE AUTREAU BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU VINTAGE 2013
    100% Grand Cru fruit from the villages of Chouilly and Ay. Only produced in exceptional years, of which 2013 was most definitely one. Chardonnay dominant, showing gorgeous white flowers, green apple and sweet caramel popcorn. A small percent of Pinot Noir adds ... Learn More
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