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, Malbec), 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. Click here for our Bordeaux FAQs, the benefits of buying En Primeur or find out about how the wines from Burgundy are classified.
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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
  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
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. 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
    NZ$24.99 Per item
  9. 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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  10. DOMAINE CROIX DE MAUNAY VOUVRAY 2015
    Made purely from Chenin Blanc from its spiritual home in Vouvray, this Loire white is produced in the time honoured, refreshing, off dry style. Crisp, lemonade & summer fruit aromas with irresistible, mouthwatering layers of delicately honeyed fruit. Unquestionably a classic ... Learn More
  11. DOMAINE MATHIEU PAQUET COTEAUX BOURGUIGNONS 2016
    A juicy, satisfying French red with attractive fruit and creamy oak. This bright, light-medium bodied Burgundy is made up of 95% Gamay & 5% Pinot Noir. Appealing red berry & spiced apple flavours, with hints of creamy milk chocolate & fine tannins. ... Learn More
  12. 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
  13. ANDRE DELORME METHODE TRADITIONELLE BLANC DE BLANCS NV
    A crisp & dry sparkling from the internationally recognized specialists of Crémants de Bourgogne. Creamy with fine and persistent bubbles on the palate, showing delicate flavours of baked bread, apricot, peach and pear. Made in the traditional Champagne method & aged ... Learn More
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. DOMAINE TOUR DU BON BANDOL ROUGE 2014
    Produced mostly from Mourvèdre but with 25% Grenache,Cinsault and Carignan the Bandol Rouge 2014 has an attractive deep colour with a graceful, open nose that displays blackberry, spice, bay leaves and pepper. The wild side of Mourvèdre is on ... Learn More
  19. 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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  20. 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
  21. 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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  22. 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
  23. 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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  24. 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
  25. 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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  26. 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
  27. 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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  28. 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
  29. 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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  30. DOMAINE PASQUET L'ORGANIC 07 COGNAC
    100% organic Cognac with incredible balance, after having created Cognac since 1730. Aged for 7 years on oak & double distilled in copper stills, creating a bright gold hue. Pure, smooth, gently warming flavours of ripe apricot, dried fig, cedar oak & creme brulee. ... Learn More
  31. Domaine Chavy Chouet Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseigneres 2017
    Made by Romaric Chavy, one of the up and coming young producers of the Cote d'Or. Sourced from a tiny 1 hectare plot in Puligny Montrachet, known the world over for exceptional Chardonnay. Sourced from 60 year old vines & matured for 10 months ... Learn More
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  32. 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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  33. DOMAINE THOMSON GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN "LES EVOCELLES" 2015
    Extremely rare, small parcel Gevrey-Chambertin of amazing elegance & finesse. From what is being claimed as "the vintage of a lifetime" this wine is a perfect combination of fruit, structure & sensuality. Endlessly smooth, soft & complex with easily 10-20 years of cellaring. ... Learn More
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  34. CHATEAU BELLEVUE 2011
    An inky & concentrated St Emillion Grand Cru, made up predominantly of Merlot. Rich, red fruit aromatics almost outshine softer notes of vanilla & leather, leaving a stunning balance of fruit, spice & tannin on the palate. An opulent wine, with every evolving ... Learn More
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    NZ$139.00 Per item
  35. DOMAINE BERNARD DEFAIX CHABLIS GRAND CRU VAUDESIR 2017
    Round, elegant and seducing, with white flowers on the nose and palate, this wine has also a great fineness. The vibrant and borderline delicate middle weight flavors possess a highly sophisticated mouth feel before concluding in a super-saline finish where ... Learn More
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  36. DOMAINE BERNARD DEFAIX CHABLIS GRAND CRU BOUGROS 2017
    Displaying a complex bouquet of pear, confit citrus, fresh pastry, lemon oil and delicate scents of orange blossom, it's full-bodied, ample and broad-shouldered but tensile and vibrant at the core despite its generous scale, concluding with a lively, mouthwatering finish. ... Learn More
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  37. PIERRE GIMONNET ET FILS SPECIAL CLUB 2012
    The best of the best! Single vintage, single vineyard Cote de Blancs Champagne from ancient 100+ year old vines- the equivalent of of a Prestige Cuvée. Rich, creamy, utterly sensuous and deep with notes of lemon rind, apples, marzipan, freshly ... Learn More
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  38. CHATEAU MAGDELAINE 2011
    A pretty & balanced St Emillion Grand Cru, made up predominantly of Merlot, and the final vintage before being acquired by Chateau Belair-Monange. The nose has floral, black raspberry and cherry tones, a touch of vanilla & light tobacco spice. Fresh & delicate ... Learn More
    CHATEAU MAGDELAINE 2011
    NZ$164.99 Per item
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  39. 'TOUR DE FRANCE 2019' MIXED 6
    Celebrate the 106th edition of the Tour de France with United Cellars. Sample some of our best sellers, exclusive imports & specially chosen French wines that follow the world's most prestigious cycling race. Discover the terroir & unique characteristics of the regions ... Learn More
  40. VEUVE CLICQUOT 'LA GRANDE DAME' 2006
    An exuberant tribute to Madame Clicquot, reflecting her quest for perfection. A simply unforgettable head turner, only made in exceptional years. A rich, complex nose of stone fruits, dried apricot, gingerbread and fresh pastries. On the palate are layers of ... Learn More
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