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. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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  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
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  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. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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
  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
  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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
  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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
  30. 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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  31. Louis Moreau Chablis Premier Cru 'Les Fourneaux' 2018
    An aromatic bouquet of stone fruit & floral notes like acacia and rose petals, combined with light vanilla aromas. Full & round on the palate, with a beautiful balance of lemon lime, flint & nutty complexity. ... Learn More
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  32. 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
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  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Louis Moreau Chablis Premier Cru 'Vau Ligneau' 2018
    A perfect example of a classic Chablis 1er Cru. Fresh & mineral driven on the nose, with hints of green apple, pineapple, citrus, spearmint & a touch of buttery aromas. The palate is full & powerful yet restrained, with fine acidity and a ... Learn More
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  36. 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
  37. 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. A lovely, clean, tropical fruit bouquet, with notes of ... Learn More
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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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