France

France

The influence of France's vine growing prowess cannot be denied. It's geographic range, coupled with tradition and confidence has lead to it's prominence in setting the benchmark for wine across the world.

The defining feature of French wines is terroir, a combination of environmental factors which give the wines character and style. 

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    • Origin
    • France
    Elegant and refined sparkling wine with a light and fruity bouquet. Notes of white fruits and hints of brioche on the nose and a palate of fresh fruit... Read More
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    • France
    Elegant and refined sparkling wine with a light and fruity bouquet. Notes of white fruits and hints of brioche on the nose and a palate of fresh fruit... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    A wine which is light in body and has a lower than usual alcohol content. Citrus, gooseberry and apricot on the nose and palate. Crisp and refreshing. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    A wine which is light in body and has a lower than usual alcohol content. Citrus, gooseberry and apricot on the nose and palate. Crisp and refreshing. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    A bright and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    A bright and punchy Merlot with distinctive plum character and a velvety finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    The Sélection de Parcelles cuvée combines the sensual minerality of the Chardonnay Premier Cru from Villers-Marmery with the elegant power of the Pi... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    The Sélection de Parcelles cuvée combines the sensual minerality of the Chardonnay Premier Cru from Villers-Marmery with the elegant power of the Pi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Vinified as a homage to the exceptional Chardonnays grown on pure chalk from the Montagne de Reims, this single vintage Blanc de Blancs expresses all ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Vinified as a homage to the exceptional Chardonnays grown on pure chalk from the Montagne de Reims, this single vintage Blanc de Blancs expresses all ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    The perfect expression of the fruity and elegant aromas of Henriet Bazins' Grand Cru plots in Verzenay and Verzy, this blended rosé contains a good p... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    The perfect expression of the fruity and elegant aromas of Henriet Bazins' Grand Cru plots in Verzenay and Verzy, this blended rosé contains a good p... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Beaujolais
    Arrayed in a gorgeous cherry-like hue, this Morgon is dominated by aromas of black fruit, including blackberries and blackcurrants, gently topped with... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Beaujolais
    Arrayed in a gorgeous cherry-like hue, this Morgon is dominated by aromas of black fruit, including blackberries and blackcurrants, gently topped with... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Ripe fruit aromas, particularly cherry and plum. Elegant, fruity, supple mouth. Round tannins and a smooth finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Ripe fruit aromas, particularly cherry and plum. Elegant, fruity, supple mouth. Round tannins and a smooth finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Languedoc-Roussilon
    A deep garnet red hue with purple hints. The nose is complex and rich with rosemary, blackcurrant and black cherry aromas. Full and smooth in the mout... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Languedoc-Roussilon
    A deep garnet red hue with purple hints. The nose is complex and rich with rosemary, blackcurrant and black cherry aromas. Full and smooth in the mout... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Rhône Valley
    Yellow straw in colour, with aromas packed full of ripe fruits, ending with a soft fresh finish.  A cracking white from the South of France, made fro... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Rhône Valley
    Yellow straw in colour, with aromas packed full of ripe fruits, ending with a soft fresh finish.  A cracking white from the South of France, made fro... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Languedoc
    Elegant and finely balanced with a luscious creaminess which is reminiscent of the whites of Burgundy. An exquisite Chardonnay from the Languedoc. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Languedoc
    Elegant and finely balanced with a luscious creaminess which is reminiscent of the whites of Burgundy. An exquisite Chardonnay from the Languedoc. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    This is a delicious little gem from the South of France and is a Pinot Noir that shows wonderful aromas of cranberry and raspberry fruits.  Light and... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Pays D'oc
    This is a delicious little gem from the South of France and is a Pinot Noir that shows wonderful aromas of cranberry and raspberry fruits.  Light and... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    Round with a pungent bouquet of grilled almonds and vanilla. Nice fullness in the mouth with integrated oak and a long, mineral finish. Despite being ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    Round with a pungent bouquet of grilled almonds and vanilla. Nice fullness in the mouth with integrated oak and a long, mineral finish. Despite being ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Superbly balanced and tremendously elegant champagne with a fine depth and flavour. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Superbly balanced and tremendously elegant champagne with a fine depth and flavour. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Full and rich with a toasty character, this a truly well made Champagne from this renowned Champagne house. Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Champagne
    Full and rich with a toasty character, this a truly well made Champagne from this renowned Champagne house. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lighter and more mineral style of Grand Cru Chablis. This is due to the vineyard facing south western which makes for a cooler mesoclimate than the ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lighter and more mineral style of Grand Cru Chablis. This is due to the vineyard facing south western which makes for a cooler mesoclimate than the ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    A beautifully balanced white Burgundy with an expressive bouquet of honey, brioche and vanilla on the nose and palate. The long and silky finish bring... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    A beautifully balanced white Burgundy with an expressive bouquet of honey, brioche and vanilla on the nose and palate. The long and silky finish bring... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    A soft wine with attractive berry fruits, smoky acidity and sweet juicy flavours. The tannins are well integrated with acidity pushing through. The fi... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    A soft wine with attractive berry fruits, smoky acidity and sweet juicy flavours. The tannins are well integrated with acidity pushing through. The fi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    An absolutely stunning white Burgundy from the renowned Chateau de Blagny. Expect expressive aromas of honey, peach, and toasted almonds. Extremely el... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    An absolutely stunning white Burgundy from the renowned Chateau de Blagny. Expect expressive aromas of honey, peach, and toasted almonds. Extremely el... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    This soft, elegant wine has aromas of flowers, citrus fruits and honey, with a lovely warming toastiness which combines with more subtle ideas of almo... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    This soft, elegant wine has aromas of flowers, citrus fruits and honey, with a lovely warming toastiness which combines with more subtle ideas of almo... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A beautiful and intense claret with red fruits, vanilla and spice on the nose which follow through to the full bodied palate that has a wonderful rich... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A beautiful and intense claret with red fruits, vanilla and spice on the nose which follow through to the full bodied palate that has a wonderful rich... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lighter and more mineral style of Grand Cru Chablis. This is due to the vineyard facing south western which makes for a cooler mesoclimate than the ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lighter and more mineral style of Grand Cru Chablis. This is due to the vineyard facing south western which makes for a cooler mesoclimate than the ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Loire valley
    The Côt with its garnet colour with purple reflections, offers aromas of Morello cherry, violet and grilled almonds. This fruity and structured wine ... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Loire valley
    The Côt with its garnet colour with purple reflections, offers aromas of Morello cherry, violet and grilled almonds. This fruity and structured wine ... Read More
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    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lively, expressive white with subtle notes of ripe mango, passion fruit, tropical flowers, and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is textured and well... Read More
    • Origin
    • France
    • Burgundy
    • Chablis
    A lively, expressive white with subtle notes of ripe mango, passion fruit, tropical flowers, and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is textured and well... Read More
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Grapes

France is famed for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,Pinot Noir, Syrah and many other varieties of grape that still, arguably, achieve their ultimate expression here.  It is also home to Cognac and Armagnac, the finest of brandies, and the famous apple brandy of Calvados.

History

The Greeks brought viticulture to France's Mediterranean coast in about 600BC. During Roman occupation, the vine spread along two main routes: west to Garonne/ Bordeaux and north through the Rhone Valley. After the Roman Emprire collapsed the Church became the most important land owners and producers, especially in Burgundy, Loire Valley and Champagne. The political changes in the 18th Century didn't affect the wine trade per se, however changes to the religious oders had significant impacts on land ownership. Bordeaux saw a boom in wealth and growth as foreign trade blossomed, not least with the French West Indies. The 1855 classification system was introduced, bringing more uniform standards. 

The Classification System

The current Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system was introduced in 1930's and is founded on the principle that defined geographic location is responsible for the unique character and flavour of individual French wines. There are three levels to the AOC: Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC), Vin de Pays (VdP) and Vin de Table (VdT). The quality standards are highest in AOC wines, covering details including vine yield, minimum alcohol levels and of course grape varieties and apellation boundaries. Grand Cru and Premier Cru sit within AOC. This compares to VdT were neither grape variety, vintage ore region are required on the label.

Climate and Terroir

The diversity of France's climate relates to its plethora of styles and the main wine regions fall into three climatic zones. Bordeaux, Loire Valley and the Southwest are within the maritime climate, influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The South of France and southern Rhone Valley are under a Mediterranean climate while northern Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne fall into a continental influence. The climate, wine style and gastronomy are all tightly woven together and to unpick them require much more time and room on the page than is allowed!

If the region defines the style of the wine, terroir is responsible for all the fine tuning.  It's the crucial combination of environmental factors such as microclimate, soil type and topography. It's an underpinning principle in the classification system and endless source of debate.

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