France

French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced rang...

French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.

Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of 'terroir', which links the style of the wines to the specific 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, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

France is the source of many grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries. Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a decline in domestic consumption, while internationally, it has had to compete with the increased success of many new world wines.

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This powerful red from southwest France features concentrated dark plum, raspberry and mineral flavors, accented by savory herbal notes.

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This cuvée, with reflections of straw yellow, stands out by the finesse of its slowly rising bubbles and its persistent and abounding mousse.

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A ripe, voluptuously textured effort, it offers up loads of sweet kirsch, blackberry, ground pepper and hints of flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely focused feel on the palate. Sweetly fruited, with low acidity and a sexy, hard to resist profile, this beauty should be enjoyed over the coming 3-5 years.

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The purple-colored Jayer-Gilles Hautes Cotes de Nuits offers a nose full of fruits like cassis, plums and cherries. medium-bodied and firmly structured, it displays flavors of blackberries, spices and hints of tobacco.

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Rustic, masculine and spicy in character.

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Litchi, mango, and banana decadently and tropically scent

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The NV Brut Rose is beautifully balanced in its layers of perfumed red fruit, berries and flowers.

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Fresh and pretty, this sports zippy acidity and mixes ripe peach and apricot notes with tangy tangerine and kiwifruit flavors, creating a pleasant sweet-tart impression.

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Light golden in colour with zesty scents of apples, lemons and ripe peaches.

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A perfumed white, with an exotic hint of jasmine wrapping around flavors of star fruit, quince and a touch of red grapefruit.

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Luscious, with extracted dark cherry, raspberry and red plum flavors and plenty of cassis.

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