France

Regions

France is one of the largest wine producers in the world and French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times.

Two concepts central French wines are the notion of “terroir”, which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) system.

Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties 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 even specific vineyards.

France is the source of many well known grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries.

Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a decline in domestic consumption, while internationally, it has had to compete with the increased success of many new world wines.

 

Alsace

Alsace in the north east of France is adjacent to Germany and has two possible natural borders from it – the Rhine river and Vosges…

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Ardeche

The Ardeche is situated in the South East of France where the famous ‘Mistral’ wind starts and has a long history of wine production, vines…

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Beaujolais

Beaujolais is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the north of the Rhône département of the Rhône-Alpes region and southern areas of the…

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is renowned for its claret but the white wines produced there should not be overlooked. Focusing on their reds, Bordeaux AC & Superieur are…

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Cahors

Cahors lies deep in the southwest between Bordeaux and Languedoc, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs. Here the Lot River slowly snakes its way along…

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Chablis

The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of Burgundy, lying about 10 miles east of Auxerre in the Yonne, situated roughly halfway between the…

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Champagne

Champagne lies at the highest northern latitude of any major wine region (excepting those in England) but its positioning relative to the mild westerly winds…

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Corbieres

Corbières is the largest AOC in Languedoc producing almost half of the AC wines there. The AOC was created in 1985, covering 13,500 ha. 95%…

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Cote de Provence

Côtes de Provence to the east of Marseille, west of Nice is a noted region and the biggest of Provence’s 8 AOC areas, accounting for…

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Languedoc

The Languedoc-Roussillon area of France runs inland along the Mediterranean coast from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. It is the…

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Loire

The Loire, as a wine region, incorporates many different and geographically diverse AOCs; from the famous Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Muscadet and Anjou spread out along…

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Maconnais

Mâconnais is a specific region within Burgundy, lying to the south of Cote d’Or and north of Beaujolais. It is best known for its white…

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Maury

Maury is located in Roussillon, granted its AOC in 1936 and is devoted to making sweet wines. Almost all wines are red, made from at…

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Minervois

Minervois is one of the more northerly AOCs in the Languedoc-Roussillon, located due east of the medieval town of Carcassonne. It covers over 5,000 ha and…

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Rhone

The Rhone Valley stretches from the Alps to the Mediterranean in the south east France It is diverse enough to be considered as two distinct…

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Aude

A department in south-central France that takes its name from the river Aude, as a wine region it encompasses other AC areas – Corbières, Fitou and…

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Côtes de Gascogne

The Côtes de Gascogne is a wine region in the south-west of France mainly located within the department of the Gers. Gascony itself does not…

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Burgundy

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    France

    A blend of classic Burgundy grapes – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay and the lesser…

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  • Le Havre de Paix Rose

    France

    Here Le Havre de Paix references the beautiful rolling hills, coastal lagoons and hills…

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  • Hospice de Beaujeu Gamay Cuvee Pierre Delafond

    France

    Bourgogne Gamay is an appellation created in 2011, which blends Gamay exclusively from the…

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  • Hautes Cotes de Nuits – Dom. St. Saturnin de Vergy

    France

    Domaine Saint Saturnin de Vergy overlooks the Côte de Nuits to the west of…

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  • Chardonnay Christophe Patrice

    France

    100% Chardonnay grapes purchased from growers in the Chablis region and labelled as VdF Chardonnay…

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  • Chablis Christophe Patrice

    France

    Produced from old vines, this is a traditional style of Chablis, with a lean,…

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  • Petit Chablis Christophe Patrice

    France

    100 % Chardonnay from vines ranging in age from 40 to 70 years, grown…

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  • Vieux Chemin Chateauneuf du Pape

    France

    Vieux Chemin, a blend of mainly Grenache and Syrah, is produced from a 12ha…

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  • Fleurie Le Pigeonnier

    France

    A lighter style of cru Beaujolais, Fleurie is characterized by blossom-like red fruit and…

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  • Dulong Prestige Medoc

    France

    A blend of 75% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes,…

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  • Cruse Rose Brut

    France

    The combination of fine bubbles and delicate aromas makes this a delightfully light and…

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  • Cruse Blanc de Blanc Brut

    France

    Fresh and delightful sparkling wine comprised of 50% Ugni Blanc and 50% Airen grapes…

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  • H&B Un Verre de Mentino

    France

    Un Verre de Mentino is “A Glass of Mentino” – alluding to the Italian…

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  • La Sablette Muscadet ‘Sur Lie’

    France

    La Sablette Muscadet is vinified „sur lie“: that is left on the yeast for…

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  • Château de Domazan Cotes du Rhone Village

    France

    The 2020 vintage sees Château de Domazan move up to AC Cotes du Rhone…

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  • H&B Picpoul de Pinet

    France

    Bordering the inland lake of  Etang de Thau, Picpoul de Pinet vines overlook the…

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  • Tete-a-Tete

    France

    This is a wine to spark conversation, encouraging drinkers or thinkers to draw up…

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  • Pommery Brut Royal Rose NV

    France

    A full style of rose on the weightier side of the Champagne spectrum. It…

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  • Pommery Brut Royal NV

    France

    A Grande Marque known for its style "freshness, finesse and vivacity" and branding in…

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  • H&B Nouvelle Vague Take Off

    France

    La Nouvelle Vague, "the new wave”, was the term given to Gregory Hecht &…

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  • Fleurie Domaine du Bois de l’Oise

    France

    A lighter style of cru Beaujolais, Fleurie is characterized by blossom-like red fruit and…

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  • Classiques Sauvignon Blanc

    France

    A fresh and feisty Sauvignon Blanc – more New World than Loire. It hails…

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  • Classiques Merlot

    France

    A full and rich Merlot with  a developed tannic structure. The Merlot vines are…

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  • Château de Domazan

    France

    Château de Domazan was built in the 14th century in the middle of Côte…

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  • Chateau La Hourcade

    France

    Chateau La Hourcade is located in the prestigious Médoc vineyards in the heart of…

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  • Clos de la Grande Grange

    France

    Clos de la Grande Grange, part of Domaines Rhodaniens, is a small Domaine located…

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  • Les Gros Rouge Qui Tache

    France

    “The big red that stains” Castelet de Canon Leveque is a cuvée made from…

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  • Red Dingue de Toi Merlot

    France

    An unusual Merlot that is “Mad About You” This rich and concentrated Merlot is…

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  • Clos des Religieuses – Puisseguin Saint Émilion

    France

    An AOC Puisseguin Saint Emilion wine composed of 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc from…

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  • Arbois ‘Love’ Poulsard

    France

    This special cuvée is made with the finest Poulsard grapes and delicately vinified without…

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  • Ch La Hitte

    France

    This AOC Buzet red wine from Château La Hitte can be regarded as the…

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  • Folle Blanche – Gros Plant du Nantais

    France

    A perfect accompaniment to ‘fruits de mer’, the Folle Blanche grape is a traditional…

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  • St Louis Coteaux Varois en Provence ‘Organic’ Rosé

    France

    Surrounded by the Côtes de Provence, the appellation of Coteaux Varois en Provence, ten…

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  • Ch. des Caravettes Rouge

    France

    The blend is what it says on the bottle! With ‘garage’ wine looks the…

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  • Solas Reserve Rose

    France

    A blend of 70% Cinsault and 30% Syrah with the grapes harvested at night…

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  • Picpoul de Pinet ‘La Sauterelle’

    France

    Green grasshoppers - la Sauterelle - appear in the vineyards at the same time…

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  • Tribaut Blanc de Noirs

    France

    A white Champagne made from black grapes -  a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir…

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  • Buis d’Aps Pinot Noir

    France

    Buis d'Aps is a locality of the municipality of Alba La Romaine. The Pinot…

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  • Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Embazees’ – Chartron & Trebuchet

    France

    A very elegant and restrained 1er Cru Chassagne Montrachet, although the wines have considerable…

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  • Chassagne Montrachet – Chartron & Trebuchet

    France

    Very interesting and serious White Burgundy, with considerable aromatic appeal and early accessibility, along…

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  • Meursault – Chartron & Trebuchet

    France

    Chartron & Trebuchet's vineyards surround the picturesque village of Meursault in the heart of…

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  • Domaine Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon

    France

    A highly aromatic Cabernet Sauvignon with lingering flavours on the palate. Baron Philippe de…

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  • Aussieres

    France

    Aussières is recognised as one of the spearheads of the Languedoc’s renaissance. When Eric…

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  • Ch d’Angles Classique Rosé

    France

    More assertive than a typical Provençal rosé and much drier than many others. A…

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  • Agneau Bordeaux Rouge

    France

    A blend of 75% Merlot (giving red fruits flavours), 12% Cabernet Sauvignon (structure and…

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  • Legende Bordeaux Blanc

    France

    A 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Sémillon blend from grapes grown in the Entre-Deux-Mers. Traditional…

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  • Saint Émilion Grand Cru – ‘Vieux Château des Combes’

    France

    A full bodied and complex claret from the east-bank - 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet…

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  • Père et Fils Sauvignon Blanc

    France

    A fine and balanced Sauvignon Blanc with true Languedoc character.

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  • Solas Albarino

    France

    An elegant French version of the fashionable Spanish grape. Albarino was first brought to…

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  • Père et Fils Chardonnay

    France

    Plenty of effort goes into producing this superb Chardonnay: night-time harvesting, optimum juice selection, must…

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  • Solas Viognier

    France

    Regarded by Matthew Jukes as one of the best Viognier producers, Laurent Miquel's Solas…

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  • Tribaut Brut Origine

    France

    Tribaut Brut Origine is a fresh and fruity Champagne, middle to full bodied, that…

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  • Tribaut Blanc de Chardonnay

    France

    100% Chardonnay and Extra-Brut, produced from terroirs in the Valle de Brunet - Romery,…

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  • Tribaut Brut Millésime

    France

    A blend of 50% Pinot Noir - 50% Chardonnay, produced from 8 terroirs in…

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  • Tribaut La Cuvée René

    France

    This cuvée is a tribute to René Schloesser, the founder of the Champagne house,…

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  • Tribaut Rosé

    France

    Tribaut Rosé is, like their Origine Brut, a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 30%…

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  • H&B ‘Languedoc Blanc’

    France

    Carefully selected vines produce this unique and unusual blend of Languedoc's famous grape Picpoul…

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  • Père et Fils Rosé

    France

    This blend of two southern French red grapes delivers a delicate, dry and fresh…

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  • Père et Fils Merlot

    France

    A great example that shows the classic characteristics of the Merlot grape in a medium-bodied wine…

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  • Solas Syrah

    France

    Growing Syrah grapes was what made this vineyards reputation. In the 1970s Henri Miquel…

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  • H&B ‘Languedoc Rouge’

    France

    As a result of one year of tasting and selection, Languedoc Rouge is a blend…

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  • Clos la Coutale, Cahors

    France

    Malbec is the main grape in the legendary ‘Black wine of Cahors’. Way before…

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  • Côtes de Gascogne ‘Le Havre de Paix’

    France

    Le Havre de Paix - literally 'Safe Heaven' - evokes images of warmth and…

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  • Le Havre de Paix Rouge

    France

    Here Le Havre de Paix references the beautiful rolling hills, coastal lagoons and hills…

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  • H&B Côtes de Provence Rosé

    France

    A Provence rosé specially blended to deliver immense charm and minerality. Grapes for H&B’s…

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  • Octerra Chardonnay/Viognier

    France

    Octerra is a perfect blend of two classic Languedoc white grapes - Chardonnay and…

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  • Les Terrasses Grenache / Merlot Rose

    France

    “We are aiming for wine which has good fruit, an elegant palate and balance…

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  • Les Terrasses Merlot / Syrah

    France

    This wine takes its name from the terraces - locally called 'Faysses' - and…

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  • Les Terrasses Sauvignon / Grenache Blanc

    France

    With grapes sourced from the limestone soils of Alba and Vogue, winemaker Luc Tallaron comments “We…

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  • Chateau Fargueirol Chateauneuf du Pape

    France

    The characteristic terroir of Châteauneuf comes from a layer of stones called “galets” (pebbles).…

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  • Château Carbonac, Corbieres

    France

    A Rhone-style blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Aged in oak barrels, the wine…

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  • H&B Minervois

    France

    H&B Minervois expresses the sun-filled and spicy personality of Syrah in harmony with the…

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  • H&B Maury

    France

    Maury - a dark dessert wine - is made from very old and very…

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  • ‘O’ Poitou

    France

    Haut Poitou, situated 50 miles to the south of Saumur, produces wines noted for…

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  • Les Volcans Chardonnay

    France

    Given the new interest in ‘Volcanic Wine’ it should be noted that Auverge is…

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  • Les Volcans Pinot Noir

    France

    An interesting Pinot Noir from the lesser known Cotes d'Auvergne region. It is designated…

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  • Sancerre – Domaine des Trois Noyers

    France

    Roger Reverdy’s small production winery, Domaine Trois Noyers, is based in the top village…

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  • Pouilly Fumé – Coteau des Girarmes

    France

    Pouilly Fumé vies with its neighbour across the river, Sancerre, to make the most…

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  • Sancerre Rosé – Domaine des Trois Noyers

    France

    Roger Reverdy’s small production winery, Domaine Trois Noyers, is based in the top village…

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  • La Divatte ‘Sur Lie’ – Muscadet

    France

    The “La Divatte” cuvee is made from grapes grown on the left bank of…

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  • Chateau de Fesles, Bonnezeaux

    France

    Château de Fesles which is in the village of Thouarcé was built nearly 1000…

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  • Château de Fesles, Rosé d’Anjou

    France

    A blend of 30% Gamay and 70% Grolleau sourced from 50ha of vines in…

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  • Riesling ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Alsace Riesling is widely respected; dry and steely in its youth, bottle age will…

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  • Pinot Gris ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Pinot Gris is the French name for Pinot Grigio and in Alsace produces a…

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  • Gewüztraminer ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Gewurztraminer is Alsace’s most distinctive grape variety, capable of producing many styles, from dry…

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  • Mâcon Villages ‘Clos de Condemine’

    France

    An unoaked, 100% Chardonnay with a classic Burgundian style. The Clos de Condemine is…

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  • St. Véran ‘La Grande Bruyère’

    France

    Comprising several villages in the south of Macon and adjacent to Pouilly-Fuisse, St Veran…

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  • Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Cuvée Terroir’

    France

    Pouilly-Fuissé is the premium wine of Macon, 100% Chardonnay, with a reputation of making…

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  • Petit Chablis ‘Pas si Petit’

    France

    Pas si Petit, meaning “not so small”, is a Petit Chablis than is as…

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  • Chablis ‘La Pierrelée’

    France

    Chablis La Pierrelée (“The Stones”) references the soils of the region and the mineral…

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  • Chablis ‘Les Vénérables’ – Vieilles Vignes

    France

    Chablis Les Vénérables Vieilles Vignes is a "venerable" wine from 35 year old vines…

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  • Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

    France

    Beauroy is a Cru noted for a lighter style of Chablis from its SE…

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  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

    France

    Vaillons is separated from the better known Montmain by a thin 300m strip of…

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  • Château Anniche Bordeaux Rouge

    France

    A rich and deep Bordeaux for any occasions. The fullness of the Merlot is…

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  • Château Haut-Roquefort, Cadillac

    France

    A Sauterne-style dessert wine from very old vines. Only grapes affected by 'noble rot' or botrytis…

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  • Saint Émilion ‘Château La Pointe Bouquey’

    France

    Château La Pointe Bouquey is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and…

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  • ‘Ronan by Clinet’ Bordeaux Rouge

    France

    Ronan by Clinet is made by the winemaking team at Pomerol’s celebrated Château Clinet,…

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  • Labastide Dauzac – Margaux

    France

    The second wine of Château Dauzac, Labastide Dauzac is made from young vines or…

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  • Puisseguin Saint Émilion ‘Château des Laurets’

    France

    Château des Laurets is a Merlot dominated Claret, complemented by Cabernet Franc. The grapes…

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  • Dulong Prestige Sauternes

    France

    A great introduction to Sauternes from one of the leading Bordeaux houses. A blend…

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