France

One of the most important wine countries that is responsible, either through production or imitation, for much of what is made today around the globe, from still to sparkling, dry to sweet, regular to fortified. One of the greatest strengths of France as a wine producing country is the diversity of its climate. Champagne in the North is a cool continental, Bordeaux is Maritime, while the Languedoc in the South has a hot Mediterranean climate. Overlaid is the variety of soil types that, combined, contribute to the notion of terroir -- the sense of place. Last, but certainly not least, France's appellation system, which was created in the early 20th Century to define wine regions and their boundaries and impose strict rules around winemaking practices, is a model for other wine regions. Protecting the names of French wines and guaranteeing the quality and provenance of the products themselves are its key objectives. Most other wine countries have designed appellation systems based on the French one.

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  • Baudry-Dutour-Cuvee-Marie-Justine-Rosé

    Baudry Dutour Cuvee Marie Justine Rosé 2020

    Salmon-hued colour, intense nose of exotic fruits with aromas of peach and citrus. In the mouth the wine is dry but exhibits very good fruit concentration. Crisp and refreshing yet complex, this rose serves to elevate the experience of white wine drinkers and to convince red wine drinkers that they should expand their horizons!

    $20.35
  • Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux 2016

    Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux 2016

    Chateau Les Barraillots is the last small wine producer in the village of Margaux and one of only a few “Crus Artisans” in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard was purchased from Palmer and Durfort in 1928 and 1933. It is situated among the highest elevations in the commune and the soil type is permeable gravel. The modest house and winery are a quarter of a mile away, on the outskirts of town. The Martin family used to raise dairy cows there, not only for the income derived from the milk, but also for the manure used in the vineyard. Yannick Martin, who took over from his father in 2014, still uses exclusively cow manure as fertilizer, today, though the cattle are gone from the property.

    $49.10
  • Chateau-Les-Vieux-Ormes-Lalande-de-Pomerol

    Chateau Les Vieux Ormes Lalande de Pomerol 2016

    Lalande de Pomerol is an emerging satellite to the more famous Pomerol. Once considered the poor cousin to Pomerol, Lalande has garnered considerable attention over the past 20 years. A small stream, the Barbanne, is all that separates the two zones, yet many of the vineyards within Lalande share the same geology with Pomerol.

    $31.95
  • Chateau Pontey Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2018

    This Chateau with its 14 hectares of vineyards averaging 35 years of age has been classified Cru Bourgeois since 1932. Until 2003, it was part of the select group of Cru Bourgeois Superieur, until the new regulations eliminated this designation.

    $28.25
  • Domaine-Dampt-Chablis

    Domaine Dampt Chablis 2019

    Domaine Daniel Dampt is one of the most well-regarded Chablis producers, creating wines of exceptional purity and freshness. Chablis is 100% Chardonnay grown on soils with fossilized shellfish. The wine is a perfect pairing for oysters.Bright lemon and green apple with an racy minerality and a lively finish. Fresh, elegant and concentrated. Drink now and over the next 4 years.

    $40.95
  • Domaine-de-la-Villaudiere-Sancerre-Heritage-Red

    Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Heritage Red 2018

    With a deep, intense ruby hue, the wine opens with an expressive, harmonious blend of grilled, smoked and toasted aromas with fruity notes (ripe dark berries). On the palate, the wine shows beautiful silky, velvety body with the same lovely blend of red fruit aromas and melted nuances created by well-integrated oak. With structure and a long red fruit aftertaste, this Sancerre should only be enjoyed after 12 months of aging.

    $35.50
  • domaine-de-villargeau-Coteaux-du-giennois

    Domaine de Villargeau Coteaux du Giennois 2020

    Villargeau vineyards are in very close proximity (slightly up river) to those of Sancerre & Pouilly Fume. The result are wines similar in character, but considerably lower in price. Sauvignon Blanc responds well when growing in flint and chalk soils.

    $24.50
  • domaine-jean-monnier-meursault-la-barre

    Domaine Jean Monnier Meursault la Barre 2017

    This climat is a former quarry and is named for the size of a stone facing. This wine has an elegant nose showing white flowers and citrus, and a palate that is both lively as well as dense, ample and powerful. Notes of butter and brioche come through and linger on the long fresh finish.

    $125.00
  • Domaine-Lapalus-Macon-Milly-Lamartine-White

    Domaine Lapalus Macon Milly Lamartine White 2020

    Made from Chardonnay grown on limestone soil. Good complexity, lemon and fresh pineapple aromas. Spice notes. On the palate there are white floral notes. Vibrant acidity. Good minerality. A fine and precise wine . Very pleasant from now on. Very good with fish and seafood.

    $27.95
  • Domaine-Nicolas-Perrault-Maranges-1er-cru-Loyeres

    Domaine Nicolas Perrault Maranges 1er cru Loyeres 2019

    Clos de Loyères is perhaps the finest of the premiers crus of Maranges, the southernmost cru of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy. From a tiny plot of .65 ha planted in 1973, this is one of Nicolas’ cooler parcels, less sheltered from the wind. It is farmed using organic methods with 100% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in concrete tanks with gentle maceration. aging in barrel (25% new oak), small amount of SO2 added only at bottling. A cool site in a warm year spells balance. This is a lovely wine made with 100% whole bunches and matured 18 months in barrel, this is a ripe yet fresh wine with smooth tannins and considerable finesse.In a time of global warming and in the right hands, top Maranges like this are a lovely and attractive red Burgundy with no rough edges.

    $68.95
  • Domaine-Nicolas-Perrault-Maranges-1er-cru-Roussots

    Domaine Nicolas Perrault Maranges 1er cru Roussots 2018

    From a tiny plot of .36 ha planted in 1975, this is a Massal selection with lots of millerandage and low yield. It is farmed using organic methods with 100% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation in concrete tanks with gentle maceration. 18 months’ aging in barrel (30% new oak), small amount of SO2 added only at bottling. The nose is intense with red cherry, liquorice and blackberry and herbaceous notes. The palate is round with the acid creating some nervous tension. Tannins are present but very elegant. A superb wine.

    $68.95
  • Domaine-Robert-Vic-Mas-de-la-Source-Sauvignon

    Domaine Robert Vic Mas de la Source Sauvignon 2020

    The name “La Source” (the stream in French) and the image of a river fish on the label point to the esthetic and practice of the estate, which strives to reflect the natural environment from which the wines have evolved, as well as addressing the ecologically sustainable principles which guide their endeavor.

    $16.95
  • Domaine-Saint-Michel-Cotes-du-Rhone

    Domaine Saint Michel Cotes du Rhone 2020

    An outstanding cuvee from a small family estate, in a fantastic vintage. Run by the Boyers from their Medieval fortified house in the Rhone valley. A delicious, classic red from southern Rhone. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it is fresh and fruity.

    $19.25
  • Domaine-Thenard-Givry-Cellier-aux-Moines

    Domaine Thenard Givry Cellier aux Moines 2017

    With a southerly exposure, this 3.22 hectare vineyard is a mix of clay and lime. Oak barrels are used in fermentation bringing about soft and subtle tannins. The “Cellier aux Moines” parcel is very old with records dating back to 1258. With a terrific currant color, and a rich, intense fruit bouquet with aromas of ripe dark berries, this Pinot Noir has lots of sweet, pure fruit on the palate. It is a beautifully balanced, velvety wine that offers good power, back-end persistence and a lingering finish. This is a wine that can be enjoyed after a long aging period.

    $52.95
  • Marcel Cabelier Cotes du Jura Trousseau 2018

    Pale, cherry red coloured wine which shows distinct aromas of strawberry jam, ripe raspberries, violets, tea and spice. The palate is very juicy and refined with notes of red fruits and underbrush and a lingering, mouth watering finish. This is a great summertime red that won’t weigh you down at the table. It is best enjoyed lightly chilled (between 13 and 16 degrees).

    $28.95
  • Marcel-Cabelier-LEtoile-Chardonnay

    Marcel Cabelier L’Etoile Chardonnay 2018

    L’Etoile is a very small Appellation within the Jura region, so named as it’s limestone rich soils contain fossils that mirror the 5 points of a star. As well, the village is surrounded by 5 hills which also mimic the star formation.

    $26.95
  • Racine-Pinot-Noir

    Racine Pinot Noir 2020

    Made from Pinot Noir grown at vineyards located between 300 and 400 metres in Limoux. Light to medium ruby colour with a moderately intense nose of red berries and boiled candy. The palate is medium bodied with generous red berries, black licorice and some cake spice. Tannins are very soft and there is good acidity, making this a wine which is suited to enjoying with food.

    $21.50

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