"It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity"
François de La Rochefoucauld
France a wine country for centuries…
he earliest history of French wine goes back to the 6th century BC, and many of France's regions count their wine-making history to Roman times. Over the last several hundred years, France has been the most influential country in the wine world: France is the source of more well-known grape varieties and winemaking practices than any other country. But all has not been shared, and the essence is still in France. The combining of French wine and the equally influential French gastronomy has been an important one. Two central concepts are Appellation & he “Appellations“ rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices that are allowed in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, Those rules must be followed by all producers who wish to use an AOC designation for their wines. We will help you find your way to reliable wineyards.
A country of «Terroirs » refers to the unique combining of natural factors associated with any particular vineyard. These factors include such things as soil, underlying rock, altitude, slope of hill or terrain, orientation toward the sun, and microclimate (typical rain, winds, humidity, temperature variations, etc.) No two vineyards, not even in the same area, have exactly the same terroir. Those terroirs make France so special, because as Darwin said, time let only the best survive…
Different types of actors…
We distinguish in the French wine industry 3 main actors: cooperatives, negociants and family estates.
The cooperative collects the grapes from grapes producers and takes care of the vinification. The Negociant buys wine in bottles or in bulk to sell it to others under their name. The family own Estates are produce grapes for their wine. They sell it under their name. Estates are the roots of French wine and the doorkeeper of French soul. Those selected estates are our source.
The grapes to be found
A very large number of grape varieties are cultivated in France, including little noted local varieties. Most varieties are associated with a certain region, such as Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and Syrah in Rhône, although there are varieties that are commonly found in two or more regions, such as Chardonnay in Bourgogne (including Chablis) and Champagne, and Sauvignon Blanc in Loire and Bordeaux. Traditionally, many French wines have been blended from several grape varieties rather than varietal pure. Varietal white wines have been, and are still, more common than varietal red wines.