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France is the world’s largest wine-producing country, and its rich winemaking history dates back at least to the 6th century BC, when Greek immigrants founded the colony of Massalia (present-day Marseille) and introduced viticulture to the area. That trade was later taken over by the Roman Empire, which planted vineyards throughout France. During the Middle Ages, monks were largely responsible for preserving the country’s winemaking tradition, and by the 1800s France was one of the world’s most prestigious producers. But the industry was ravaged by the phylloxera plague of the mid-19th century, an economic downturn and two World Wars. It was not until the 1970s that wines sales started to boom again and France once again became the international wine powerhouse we know today.
Many of the grapes used in winemaking throughout the world originated in France, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sparkling wine was invented in Champagne, one of the country’s iconic wine regions along with Bordeaux (home to Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc), Burgundy (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), Alsace (Gewürztraminer and Riesling), the Loire Valley (Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc) and the Rhône (Syrah and Grenache).
Wine Manager, Premier Wine & Spirits
Rick is a former manager at ABC Liquor in Florida, the country’s largest chain of retail liquor stores. He joined Premier in 1987. Rick has traveled extensively through the wine regions of Europe and South America. His favorite styles of wine are full-bodied reds and whites that are well-balanced, highly extracted and rich in flavor.
375 ml.France | ChampagneItem #10674
Ric McLeod says:What better way to celebrate than to pop a cork from a bottle of fine French Champagne. Full of life, this bubbling sparkler has a fine effervescence with creamy fruit that highlights smooth vanilla, pear,... view more$29.99Only $26.99 when you buy a solid or mixed case
1994 / 500 ml.France | South West France | MonbazillacItem #84283
Ric McLeod says:Like ambrosia, this unique dessert wine delights the senses and satisfies the sweet tooth. The wine is as golden as sunshine, featuring wildflower honey, cinnamon and apricot aromatics that explode from... view more
1 bottle or less in stock; we will confirm your order by email.$29.99Only $26.99 when you buy a solid or mixed case
2005 / 750 ml.France | Côte de Beaune | Puligny-MontrachetItem #48377
Ric McLeod says:A mesmerizing wine reminiscent of standing in a peach orchard as a gentle rain awakens subtle wild flower and vanillin spice fragrances. Flavors are clean and crisp, structured with a mouthwatering citric... view more
2 bottles or less in stock; we will confirm your order by email.$41.99Compare: $59.99 You save: $18.00
2007 / 750 ml.France | Chablis | Chablis Premier CruItem #55637
Ric McLeod says:An honest Chardonnay from France’s renowned Chablis appellation. Elegantly structured, with citrus notes and a classic mineral element naturally designed for seafood.
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2009 / 750 ml.France | Loire | TouraineItem #60254
Ric McLeod says:A dry white wine comprised of 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown on 40-year-old vines in Touraine, an area located in the heart of the Loire Valley. Total stainless steel fermentation lends a clean, crisp tone... view more$12.99Compare: $15.99 You save: $3.00