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France

France is the world's largest wine producer and wine making can be traced back to the 6th century BC, with many regions dating their wine history to Roman times. Today, between seven to eight billion bottles of French wine are produced per year, ranging from high-end wines, sold internationally, to more modest wines usually only seen within France. Two concepts are central to higher-end French wines: the notion of ‘terroir’, which links the style of the wines to the 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.

We Recommend

Paul Sapin cuvee prestige 2010, Chardonnay
Region: Macon - Lugny

This wine is fresh and generous on the palate, well balanced and quite long.  Very charming bauquet of flowers and fruits.


Chateau Lamarche

A wine with a developed fruity nose, soft and appealing, with good grip and supple tannins.  Fruit heavy and rich.  Elegant with good length.

Region: Bordeaux
Style: Fruit heavy and rich.
Vintage: 2009
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Match: Rib-eye steak, Porterhouse steak, Sirloin steak, T-bone steak, Lamb dishes.

Les Gemarelles Chateauneuf-du-Pape

This wine has a majestic ruby colour with red fruits and full-bodied, with great complexity and subtlety. A great accompanimant to red meat dishes, casseroles and cheeses.

Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Style: Ruby colour with red fruits
Vintage: 2008
Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Maourvedre
Food Match: Red meat dishes, casseroles and cheeses.

Francois Paquet Les Espousailles 2009

Fleurie is seductive with its velvety smoothness, elegance and floral aromas.  This beautifully crimson - coloured wine is considered to be the most feminine of the Beaujolais Crus.  Excellent with leg of lamb, poultry or white meat.

Region: Flurie
Style: Fruity, Easy drinking
Vintage: 2009
Grape Variety: Gamay
Food Match: Lamb, poultry or white meat.

Cuvee Saint Vincent 2009

Good depth of dark, ruby colour, wth an open, spicy red fruit nose. On the palate the wine is bursting with fruit, with a good balance between of ripe, juicy fruit and rounded tannins.

Region: Cotes-du-Rhone
Style: Full bodied
Vintage: 2009
Grape Variety: Grenache, Syrah
Food Match: Roast chicken, Pizza

 

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