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France has gone on a roller coaster ride. A booming industry was decimated by mildew and phylloxera in the second half of the 19th century, then two World Wars in the 20th century. Thirst won in the end, and, France is now the World’s #2 wine producer by volume.

Without doubt the two greatest drivers of the French wine industry have been the concept of Terroir and the establishment of the Appellation d’origine contrôlée.

Combined these have defined a philosophical approach to growing and making wine and enforced strict controls of grape varieties that can be planted in each region and winemaking practices that can be employed.

Frances has come through with flying colours, successive generations have been better trained, spent time in the New World exposing them to different techniques for growing vines and making wine, and, have been able to push the boundaries to achieve excellence.

First Records of Wine Production – Go back millennia to the 6th century BC. The Greeks kicked things off with the Romans ramping things up. Those Romans got around and took their vines and wines with them! Over time the wealth of the Monastries took over much of the production. Nobility took their turn until the guillotine fell!

Founding Figures – In ‘recent times’, technical advancement in the industry were driven by Minister of the Interior, Jean-Antoine Chaptal following the French revolution, work done by Louis Pasteur in the 19th century, and, the Emperor Napoleon III commissioning of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux.

Area Planted – with around 630,000 hectares of vines France produces 17% of the World’s wine

Established Regions – When we think French wine, the regions that immediately come to mind are Champagne with its fizz, Bordeaux’s Cabernet blends and Sauternes, Burgundy’s Pinot and Chardonnay, the Rhône Valley’s Shiraz, Grenache, Marsanne & Roussane, and, Alsatian Riesling.

Most Common Varieties

White – From greatest area planted down the top red varieties are Ugni Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, Sémillon, Chennin Blanc, Colombard, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and, Riesling.

Red – The list doesn’t surprise the order they come in does from greatest area planted down the top red varieties are Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Cinsaut, Pinot Meunier and Mourvèdre.

Up and Coming Regions – In recent times we’ve seen the Rosé of Provence, the hidden gems from the Languedoc, Jura and Loire Valley increasing in popularity.

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Château Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes 375ml 2017

The 2nd Wine of Château Rieussec, Carmes has to be the absolute bargain of all Sauternes at the Moment!
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Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine 2019

A dense, savoury style with wonderful aromatic spice and earth character that feels very true to the Cabernet Franc variety. Le Domaine has a meaty, ferrous, animal nose so typical of top-notch Chinon and this particular Baudry cuvée shows a complex, fluid, sappy palate with roasted meat, wet earth, blackberry pastille and menthol characters. This is not at all a modern, pure, fruit-driven red, but rather it harks back to the more rustic, complex, sauvage, Rabelaisian Chinons of old. That said,
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Hard to beat for the $

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos de Myglands Monopole HALF 2019

Give it a couple of days open or a few years in bottle and you'll go to a happy place.
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Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019

Faiveley is definitely a Domaine on the Ascention
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Domaine Thierry Laffay Petit Chablis 2019

Deceptive, restraint and sophistication at play. Here it is in the texture, line and length of acid. A little chalky with an nice layer of phenolics. As it rolls around your palate it builds with excellent mid palate weight. Here’s a hot tip for you, one of the differences between good and great Chardonnay is mid-palate weight. This has it. Looks like a long slow ferment with my winemaking hat on. Fine delicious poised and pure. A little cold on first pour as it warmed and took a gasp of air t
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Explore Riesling from Alsace!

Hugel “Classic” Riesling 2019

When you devour this, concentrate on the texture ... oh so good!
$50
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Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussière HALF 2020

There’s Sauvignon and then there is Sauvignon from Sancerre. There’s Sancerre and then there is Dagenau. Then a pack chasing him. Mellot right at the front of that pack. Beautiful poise, delicacy and vertical long shape to the palate. Lovely bright fruit that has shifted beyond primary to aromas and flavours of intrigue. Crisp fine acid. This is an impressive drink. There’s a little passion fruit and gooseberry if you look for it. Overall it’s just a wonderful seemless Sauvignon Blanc.
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Ridiculous Yields!

Daniel Bouland Morgon Corcelette Vielles Vignes (Sable) 2020

Year after year Bouland has turned stunning, beautiful wines!
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Daniel Bouland Morgon Cuvée Mélanie 2020

The 2016 & 2017 were stunning after a year in bottle! Gagging to get my laughing gear around the 2020.
$52
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Domaine Roland Lavantureux Petit Chablis 2019

The international press is just discovering this Domaine’s rapidly rising star!
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Marc Brédif Vouvray Classic 2012

Chenin has a beautiful perfume, pear, citrus, spice, ginger, honey and so much more! It’s mid-weight and the Classic from Brédif builds a lovely level of opulence as it ages. Texturally it’s luscious, caressing your tongue. It’s just so easy to hoover!
$53
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Theirry Germain (Roches Neuves) Samur-Champigny ‘Les Roches’ 2019

Lovely plump juice that caresses the palate. Loads of energy here. Crunchy fruits perfumed with violets and baking spice. The texture here is exceptional incredibly fine tannins even tannins. Line and length of juicy acid. Loving the finesse here. Superb drinking. Sate the deepest of thirsts!
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Domaine Marcel Deiss ‘Zellenberg’ 2017

Riesling ~ Auxerrois ~ Pinot Noir ~ Pinot Gris ~ Pinot Blanc = Texture, Playful, Delicious, Full of Personality!
$55
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Domaine Thibert Mâcon-Prissé ‘en Chailloux’ 2018

This is superb, and it's just the entry level wine! Palpable energy here, picked at an excellent point. Superbly balanced, saline, a little chalky. Very fresh. The texture is so fine, gliding along your tongue. The spectrum of fruit flavours covered is both complex and seamless with pops of cleverly handled lees work, the meal and oats Euan mentions. This glimmers green/gold in the glass. Aromatically evoking ripe yellow fruits, meal and oat with some stony nuances. The palate has flavors
$55
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Domaine Marcel Deiss ‘Zellenberg’ 2018

Riesling ~ Auxerrois ~ Pinot Noir ~ Pinot Gris ~ Pinot Blanc = Texture, Playful, Delicious, Full of Personality!
$59
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Domaine Marcel Deiss ‘Ribeauvillé’ 2018

Riesling ~ Sylvanner ~ Pinot Blanc = Seamless, Delicious, Expressive, Beautiful!
$59
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