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. 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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  2. Chateau Seguineau Bordeaux Rouge 2018
    Gold Medal winner at Gilbert & Gaillard. An absolute bargain Merlot dominant Bordeaux, classically made, yet maintaining incredible freshness. Notes of red fruit, dark berries, Black Doris plum & smoky undertones. A fresh and fruity palate, round and with silky tannins. ... Learn More
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Rose 2020
    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
  7. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Viognier 2020
    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
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  8. Chateau Laubes Bordeaux Rouge 2016
    Vinous: "A pleasant, easy-going red...Raspberry, red cherry and expressive floral notes give the wine brightness and lift." Château Laubès represents a wine of exceptional quality from the Entre-Deux-Mers. The nose is complex with flowery, spicy and fruity ... Learn More
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  9. Mourgues du Gres Fleur d'Eglantine Rose 2019
    Fleur d’Eglantine gets its name from luminous colour & delicious aroma, reminiscent of the petals of the wild roses that surround its vineyards. It’s a delicate rosé which unites floral aromas and crunchy red berries, created from a blend ... Learn More
  10. Domaine De La Ragotiere Chardonnay Cuvee Prestige 2019
    Grown on the rocky hillsides of the Loire Valley, with over 50 ha of vineyards and 30+ year old vines. Aged in 85% glass tanks and a mixture of new and one year old French oak barrels. A particularly expressive nose dominated by ... Learn More
  11. Chateau Seguineau Bordeaux Superieur Rouge 2018
    Gold Medal winner at Gilbert & Gaillard. A traditionally made Bordeaux Superieur that over delivers for the price. Fruit forward aromas of ripe cassis, cherry & sloe berry aromas are followed with smoky, spicy undercurrents. A bold, mouth-filling palate with silky tannins & ... Learn More
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  12. 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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  13. 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. Juicy fruit flavours together with creamy mouthfeel and refreshing acidity, ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau De La Riviere Fronsac 2020
    Chateau de La Riviere is one of the older estates in the Fronsac appellation. The history of the property can be dated back all the way back to 769, when the Emperor Charlemagne ordered that a fort be constructed on the ... Learn More
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  15. Domaine Du Margalleau Vouvray 2018
    Some of the most pristine and complex Chenin Blanc in the Loire, with slightly mineral terrior similar to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Both the nose and the palate continue to develop complexity after being opened. A mix of fresh citrus, Granny ... Learn More
  16. Domaine Les Cassanets Cotes Du Rhone 2020
    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
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    Michael Cooper
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  17. Heredita Cotes du Rhone 2019
    From one of the most qualitative and oldest vines in Courthezon. A cuvée born from the collaboration between Philippe Cambie, the Grenache master, specialist of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cru. Very elegant and perfumed nose, exhibiting note of fresh red ... Learn More
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  18. Antech Cremant de Limoux 'Cuvee Eugenie' Brut 2018
    Gold+ - Prix des Journalistes Concours des Crémants de France 2020. Coup de cœur - Guide Hachette 2020. A beautiful example of Crémant de Limoux from a region in the Southern France region of the Languedoc believed to be ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  19. Domaine La Montagnette Cotes Du Rhone Villages Signargues 2019
    "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
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  20. 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
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    Michael Cooper
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  21. 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
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Louis Moreau Petit Chablis A.O.C. 2019
    Louis Moreau's Petit Chablis is a fresh and very aromatic wine. The aroma is a dynamic blend of grapefruit, citrus & apple notes with a touch of minerality & white flowers. The palate is lively and light, with juicy stone fruit balanced ... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. Chateau Tour Du Moulin Fronsac 2018
    An exuberant wine created by “Bordeaux Right Bank’s Quiet Magician”. Highly aromatic wild berry fruits & sour cherry notes roll into a polished & precise palate. Stylish black cherry, mulberry, chocolate & charcoal notes with hints of spiciness & minerality. Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 12%, ... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. Chateau Dalem Fronsac 2020
    "Beautiful transparency and depth of fruit."- James Suckling. Chateau Dalem has been the property of the Ruiller family since 1955 when it was acquired by Michel Ruiller, but the origin dates back to 1610, making it one of the oldest Chateaux ... Learn More
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  29. Louis Moreau Chablis A.O.C. 2019
    Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide: Best of 2020. Perfectly fresh green & yellow apple, joining zesty lemon hints on this wine’s appetizing nose. The palate carries that same full but fresh fruitiness, with trademark minerality & a touch of nutty complexity. Bold citrus ... Learn More
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  30. 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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  31. 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
  32. Chateau Olivier Pessac Leognan Rouge 2020
    Chateau Olivier is in contention for one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. Bordeaux wine historians believe the estate dates back as far as the 11th century. The wine is deep in colour, which makes it impossible to miss. Offering ... Learn More
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  33. Chateau Taillefer Pomerol 2020
    The wine Château Taillefer is a Red wine produced in the Bordeaux region in France, by Château Taillefer. The bouquet is very rich and complex with notes of black and red fruits. Elegant, fresh, bright, clean and pure, ... Learn More
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  34. Chateau De Camensac Haut-Médoc 2020
    Château de Camensac has taken centre-stage at Haut-Médoc since the 18th century. The aromatic bouquet expresses all of the complexity and harmony between notes of graphite and spice. Aromas of mocha combine wonderfully with fresh rose and blackberry, ... Learn More
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  35. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2015
    This wine has Petrus and Jean Pierre Moueix connections. Jean-Claude Berrouet who is the director at Pétrus responsible for producing some of the best wines makes this wine. The nose fills with strawberries, blackberry, cassis, leather, baked forest fruit, ... Learn More
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    Roger Voss
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  36. Chateau Cos Labory Saint Estephe 2020
    Cos Labory wines combine power and elegance, they have the typical structure of Saint-Estèphe. The wine is medium/full-bodied with an already delicious blast of blackberry, Asian spice and currants in the nose and palate. The taste of the ... Learn More
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  37. Clos Puy Arnaud 2020
    An excellent wine, walking the line of power and sappy juice. - Jane Anson. Thierry Valette settled in 2000 in Castillon, on a clayey plateau of limestone with asteria overhanging the Dordogne valley at an altitude of 100m, benefiting from beautiful ... Learn More
    Clos Puy Arnaud 2020
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  38. 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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  39. Chateau Croizet Bages Pauillac 2020
    Château Croizet-Bages, a 5th Classified Growth of Pauillac, was founded in the 17th century. This 27-hectare vineyard on the left bank of Bordeaux is situated on the Bages plateau. Floral aromas of Tobacco, cedar, flowers, mint and creme de ... Learn More
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  40. Chateau Maillet Pomerol 2020
    Deep, dark in colour with its purple accents around the edges, the wine is sexy, silky, opulent and concentrated. Aromas of succulent dark fruit and a hint of spices. There is a fabulous depth of flavor, velvet textured tannins and ... Learn More
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