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. 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
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  2. ANDRE DELORME BLANC DE BLANCS 'BRUT RESERVE' NV
    An absolute steal of a Burgundian sparkling wine! Hand-crafted and prepared similar to a fine "growers champagne". Dry, with bright white fruit and brioche flavours, with a lingering finish. ... Learn More
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  3. 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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  4. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' CHARDONNAY 2018
    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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  5. LE VERSANT 'VIN DE PAYS D'OC' ROSE 2018
    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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
  9. 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
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  10. DOMAINE LES EMBRUNS "SABLE DE CAMARGUE" LANGUEDOC ROSE  2018
    A vibrant & beautifully well-balanced Languedoc Rose with an intensity that is fresh & lively on the palate. Intense aromas combining fresh fruit of strawberry, melon, cranberry, peach and citrus, with notes of red currant and sour cherry. Good tannins and mild ... Learn More
  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. VIGNERONS DE BUXY COTEAUX BOURGUIGNON BLANC 2017
    Classical fruit-forward & dry Burgundy, with gentle honeycomb & floral notes. Pale gold in colour with crisp, clean citrus aromatics & an extremely approachable palate. 100% Chardonnay grown in limestone dominant soils, which adds to this wines freshness & liveliness. ... Learn More
  14. JOVLY VOUVRAY 2018
    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 2018
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  15. ANDRE DELORME CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE TERROIR D'EXCEPTION BLANC NV
    "A long and satisfying sparkler." Bob Campbell MW. An expressive citrus & mineral nose, with fresh, invigorating white fruit flavours. As good as many a Champagne, but with a much friendlier price tag. ... Learn More
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. LOUIS LATOUR POUILLY-FUISSE 2016
    From the internationally renowned & innovative Maison Louis Latour. These highly distinctive Chardonnays are fermented in stainless steel with malolactic fermentation. The nose is delicately minty with aromas of white fruits. The palate is elegant and balanced with mineral and smoky ... Learn More
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  19. DOMAINE ALARY CAIRANNE 2016
    Created by 11th generation Denis Alary, named “one of the stars of the Cotes-du-Rhone Village of Cairanne” by the Wine Advocate. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan with no new oak used. Impeccably balanced combination of dense, ripe fruit, ... Learn More
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  20. Domaine des Grands Bois Cuvee Maximilien Cairanne 2016
    Family owned since 1920 & operated by a top sommelier, in the Rhone's newest Cru. A traditional Southern Rhone red that blends Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre in a full-bodied ensemble, packed with blackberry, raspberry & licorice spice. "Consistently one of my favourite ... Learn More
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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. 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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  23. 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
  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. ALBERT LE BRUN CHAMPAGNE CUVEE RESERVE BRUT NV
    A beautifully balanced Champagne, with bright citrus aromas, toasty brioche and lingering green apple notes. Family owned & operated for the past 135 years, at a stunning price! ... Learn More
  26. MOET & CHANDON IMPERIAL NV WITH GIFT BOX
    Moët Impérial is the House’s iconic champagne. Created in 1869, it embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. Broad and stylish, with a creamy ... Learn More
  27. Domaine Alary Cairanne L'Estevenas 2016
    95/100 Robert Parker & comparable to historic vintages like 2007, 2001 and 1990. Created by 11th generation Denis Alary, named “one of the stars of the Cotes-du-Rhone Village of Cairanne” by the Wine Advocate. 50% Grenache & 50% Syrah from the newest Cru in the Southern Rhone. A ... Learn More
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  28. CHAMPAGNE DRAPPIER 1ER CRU BRUT NV
    One of the finest Grower Champagnes on the market, crafting luxury Champagne for more than two centuries. 100% family owned, artisanal bubbles, established in 1808. Low in sulfites & vegan friendly, sourced only from Premier & Grand Cru vineyards. firm, intense flavours of biscotti, ... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. CHATEAU DE CHAMIREY MERCUREY BLANC 2014
    Unquestionably a Loire classic that's practically impossible to put down. 100% Chenin Blanc from its spiritual home in Vouvray. Produced in the time honoured, refreshing, off dry style. Layers of mouth watering, natural sweetness of crisp apple, grapefruit, white peach and ... Learn More
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  31. 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
  32. CHAMPAGNE JACQUINOT 'PRIVATE CUVEE' NV
    The signature wine of an elite Champagne House, producing wine for over 80 years. An exclusive United Cellars import, with stunning freshness & balance. 100% Grand Cru fruit with more than 36 months on lees. Fresh, pure flavours of apple, apricot, tropical fruit & honey ... Learn More
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  33. 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
  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. CHATEAU SIMARD ST EMILION GRAND CRU 2010
    Château Simard is a red of elegance and stature that can hold its own against far more expensive wines. A dark brooding red with a restrained bouquet of wonderful rich berry fruit flavours. A Grand Cru of the highest ... Learn More
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  37. ORBAN CHAMPAGNE BRUT VINTAGE 2008
    It is extremely rare that a vintage Champagne be a such a great price, let alone one from 'the greatest ever' miracle vintage of 2008! Beautiful delicate bubbles that seem to last forever, with delicious aromas of brioche, peach & subtle caramel ... Learn More
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  38. 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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  39. PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS OGER GRAND CRU NV
    100% Oger Grand Cru Chardonnay old vine fruit from Terres de Noël, Fondy and Champs Nérons. The Gimonnet family has been working the vineyards of Champage since 1650. 30 months bottle ageing before disgorgement creates a premium, suductively easy drinking Champagne ... Learn More
  40. 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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