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French Wine

France is synonymous with fine wines and, despite the popularity of wine from the New World, French wines remain the benchmark against which all other wines are judged. French wine production is steeped in history dating back to the 6th. century B.C. and traditions which go back to the time vineyards were planted widely by the Romans. The success of French wines is rooted in the geography and geology of the country. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and the land-mass of Europe on France's climate together with the rich diversity of propitious geology and soil types have enabled the establishment of ten wine growing regions of the best quality alongside a large number of other vineyard areas.

The German influence of Alsace, the celebration that is Champagne, the crisp herbal qualities of the Loire whites, the complexities of Bordeaux and Burgundy, the decidedly different wines of Jura in Franche-Comté, the fruitiness of Beaujolais and the power and sun-drenched ripeness of the wines from the northern and southern Rhône as well as the wines from Provence, the Languedoc and the South West exemplify the wide range of wines and styles of table wine that underline France's pre-eminence in the world of wine.

France was the first country to enshrine its wine production in law – the development of the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system in the 1920s successfully introduced minimum standards both in the vineyard and winery and related this inextricably with the concept of “terroir”, an idea which unifies geographical location, soil and sub-soil, grape variety, climate (including micro-climate) and viticultural practices. The number of AOC wines in France now numbers in excess of 300 some of which are from very small vineyard plots with tiny production levels. Others, such as AOC Côtes du Rhône, cover vast areas with a commensurate production volume.

Despite the large scale transition to other cash-crops in the flatlands of the south of France since the 1970s and an even greater emphasis on quality wine production France continues to be the world's largest wine producing country. The challenge of so-called New World wines from Australia, South Africa, Chile etc. has been the motivation for some producers to explore possibilities outside of the AOC system and plant different grape varieties to make what some perceive to be more popular, easier drinking, styles of wine. Such wines are now sold under the classification of I.G.P. (Indication Géographique Protégée) as part of new E.U. regulations governing their former title of Vin de Pays. Some of these wines can be very good indeed and command high prices in the market-place.

  1.  Château du Domaine de l’Eglise, Pomerol, 2005

    Château du Domaine de l’Eglise, Pomerol, 2005

    A very good Pomerol that is drinking well now and which has many years of life left in it.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  2. Château Feytit Clinet, Pomerol, 2002

    Château Feytit Clinet, Pomerol, 2002

    A bargain price for a fine Pomerol, wines from neighbouring properties sell for 3 times as much. Buy this before prices go through the roof!

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  3. Chateau La Croix-Toulifaut, Pomerol, 2000

    Chateau La Croix-Toulifaut, Pomerol, 2000

    A good quality Pomerol from what was a very good year in this small Bordeaux appellation.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  4. Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol, 1997

    Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Pomerol, 1997

    High quality wine from Pomerol that is now fully mature.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  5. Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 1986

    Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 1986

    A mature Pomerol that has lasted well due to the tannin profile of this vintage.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  6. Château L'Enclos, Pomerol, 2003

    Château L'Enclos, Pomerol, 2003

    A soft and approachable Pomerol which is still showing a good level of fruit. Very good value red Bordeaux.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  7. Château La Croix de Gay, Pomerol, 2007

    Château La Croix de Gay, Pomerol, 2007

    The 2007 vintage of Château La Croix de Gay, Pomerol, has an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture. This wine will open up over an hour or so and it is recommended that it is decanted.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  8. Château La Croix, Pomerol, 2000

    Château La Croix, Pomerol, 2000

    A mature, round and mellow Pomerol which is drinking well now. The Janoueix family uses very traditional methods to craft this Pomerol of some distinction.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  9. Chateau La Grave A Pomerol Trigant de Boisset, 1975

    Chateau La Grave A Pomerol Trigant de Boisset, 1975

    Chateau La Grave A Pomerol Trigant de Boisset is one of Pomerol's oldest estates having been established in the mid-1850s.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  10. Château Nenin, Pomerol, 2003

    Château Nenin, Pomerol, 2003

    Château Nenin produced one of the better wines in Pomerol in 2003 and was less affected by the summer drought than many other estates. Dark and dense ruby in colour and showing lighter tones on the rim, this is a elegant, medium-bodied Pomerol. The 2003 Nenin offers up figs, cranberry, black cherries, cedar and tobacco on the nose with spicy, herbal and earthy undertones.

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    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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