Appellations by Wine Region

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Appellations in Alsace

Alsace

There are few vineyards in the world producing wines better suited to today’s diverse and extraordinary gastronomy than those of the sun-blanched slopes of Alsace. The longest average hours of sunshine in France, the superb geological cocktail of soil types that are so vital in shaping the character of a wine, and the passionate, unwavering wine growing of producers such as Domaine Weinbach, when combined, reflect the sheer quality and diversity of Alsatian wine. From Dry Riesling with pan-fried scallops, late-harvest Gewurztraminer with Munster cheese, or Pinot-Gris with guinea fowl, Alsatian wine can make unmissable partnerships with food and form an integral part of a memorable meal.

Appellations: Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru

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Appellations in Beaujolais

Beaujolais

There are some unique, delicious wines being made here and Beaujolais is quite rightly having a bit of a resurgence. The refreshing, ripe fruit of good Gamay together with its lightness of touch would seem tailor-made for the modern consumer. Add in a move away from the simple flavours brought about by a slavish dedication to Carbonic maceration and a better understand of the role of stems in the winemaking process, and results are highly exciting wines of texture and complexity but also great drinkability. The quality emanating from the cellars of growers like Laurent Martray and Bernard Metrat, in Brouilly and Fleurie respectively, bears witness to a seam of producers who are making serious, vineyard focussed wines in the traditional manner. The resulting bottles of Cru Beaujolais are a million miles away from the bubble gum sweet shop bottles of old and cause for great optimism regarding the region’s future. If wines like these are anything to go by, Beaujolais is far from finished!

Appellations: Beaujolais, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Morgon

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Appellations in Bordeaux

Bordeaux

It is a tale of two river banks. Although only separated by some thirty miles; the Medoc and the Right Bank are very different stylistically, historically and culturally.

The left bank is dominated by Cabernet plantings, largely due to the fast draining gravel found close to the Garonne estuary. St Emilion and Pomerol are predominantly planted with Merlot and a small smattering of Cabernet Franc. These varieties thrive on the limestone slopes and clay plateau found around St Emilion and Libourne. In the Medoc one encounters vast, fairytale Chateaux surrounded by vast, flat vineyards. The Right Bank is a little less grand with more modest Chateaux or sometimes no Chateau at all.

Generalisations are difficult to make in Bordeaux However, given the dominance of Cabernet on the left bank, wines tend to be structured, cool and ageworthy, whereas the Merlot based wines from the right bank demonstrate a fleshy, approachable character, which affords earlier drinking.

Appellations: Barsac, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Côtes de Bourg, Côtes de Castillon, Fronsac, Graves, Haut Médoc, Lalande de Pomerol, Margaux, Médoc, Moulis, Pauillac, Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Sauternes, St Emilion, St Estèphe, St Julien

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Appellations in Burgundy

Burgundy

Burgundy can be viewed in two very separate ways. On the one hand it can be highly complex and sometimes inconsistent, with swings of style from vintage to vintage, not to mention the complex labyrinth of vineyards and producers to choose from. On the other it can be seen as fascinating in its complexity, rewarding in its thrilling quality and, if chosen correctly, have a consistency of quality across vintages whilst retaining each year its own style and identity.

Appellations: Aloxe-Corton, Auxey-Duresses, Bâtard-Montrachet, Beaune, Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet, Blagny, Bonnes Mares, Bourgogne, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bouzeron, Chablis, Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Chorey-Les-Beaune, Clos de La Roche, Clos de Tart, Clos de Vougeot, Corton, Corton-Bressandes, Corton-Charlemagne, Côtes de Beaune-Villages, Côtes de Nuits Villages, Echézeaux, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Givry, Grands Echezeaux, Hautes Côtes de Beaune, La Romanée, Latricières-Chambertin , Le Montrachet, Mâcon, Maranges, Marsannay, Mazis-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Meursault, Montagny, Monthélie, Morey St-Denis, Musigny, Nuits St-Georges, Pernand-Vergelesses, Petit Chablis, Pommard, Pouilly-Fuissé, Puligny-Montrachet, Richebourg, Romanée St Vivant, Rully, Santenay, Savigny-Les-Beaune, St Romain, St Veran, St-Aubin, Volnay, Vosne-Romanée

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Appellations in South & South West France

South & South West France

In the last ten years, France's battle with New World wine for shelf space has been most competitively fought by the Languedoc-Roussillon. Here in the South of France, growers have adapted to modern trends, producing varietal, fruit- generous wines that seduce new, young consumers. Situated near Pézenas, Domaine Montrose are the ultimate example of the modern Languedoc Estate, producing carefully made varietally-driven wines of charm and personality. From Cabernet/Syrah to Viognier, their wines ooze ripe, juicy fruit flavours whilst retaining a freshness and balance that make them so drinkable.

Alongside the Languedoc the rocky outcrops of Roussillon are capable of producing wines of huge character and complexity when the winemaking is sensitive, as the wines of Jean Boucabeille, grown entirely on schist, beautifully demonstrate. Further west, the noble wines of Cahors are once again in great demand, with fine vineyards on limestone soils and much more gentle extractions lending the wines a level of sophistication not seen before.

Appellations: Cahors, Cotes de Provence, Côtes de Roussillon, Côtes de Roussillon Villages , IGP Cotes de Tongue, Languedoc, S & SW France, Vin de Pays de Cotes Catalanes, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, Vin de Pays des Côtes des Thongues

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Appellations in Loire

Loire

Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé continue to lead the way as France's most sought-after Appellations Contrôlées and their popularity shows no signs of abating. Under the craftsmanship of dedicated, passionate winegrowers like Serge Dagueneau, Lucien Crochet and the young Pinard brothers the reputation of the quality of the region’s wines is in good hands. An estate worth singling out is that of Didier Dagueneau, who very tragically died in an accident in 2008, long before his time was due. A perfectionist who did not suffer fools gladly, Didier was passionate about making the best wine he could from the flint and clay soils in Pouilly and is perhaps responsible for proving that the Loire valley could produce some of the world’s best white wines. Didier’s talented son, Benjamin, who had been working at the estate for several years, has taken the reins and is already showing signs of emulating his father.

But of course the Loire is not just about Sauvignon Blanc. Increasingly, particularly amongst forward thinking sommeliers, Loire Chenin Blanc is becoming a go to choice for white wines of superb quality and longevity at prices at or below your average Bourgogne Blanc. The likes of Jacky Blot in Montlouis and Thibaud Boudignon in Anjou and Savennieres are proving without a doubt that this variety is capable of producing some of the world’s most exciting white wines at entirely reasonable prices. Alongside Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne is seeing renewed interested as Muscadet’s chief component, while in the red varieties the great Cabernet Francs of Bourgeuil and Saumur are not only increasingly popular, but also now joined by some very fine Pinot Noir from Sancerre and the Cote de la Charité.

Appellations: Anjou, Bourgueil, Chinon, Côteaux du Layon , Jurancon, Loire, Montlouis, Muscadet, Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Saumur-Champigny, Savennières, Vouvray

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Appellations in Rhone

Rhone

At its height the Rhône was the second biggest selling French wine region by volume and value in terms of UK sales. Whilst such commercial success is to be applauded, it should not overshadow the outstanding quality and continued value for money of those interesting wines from small quality-driven growers and Domaines. Here at the quality end of things, the region’s commercial success has been matched, if not surpassed. A great run of vintages starting in 1998, barring the obvious exception of 2002, together with a wider pool of winemaking talent than the Rhône has ever seen, has brought the region’s wines very much to the attention of some of the worlds great wine collectors.

The Rhône is not stagnant either, along side the great established names such as Rostaing, Chave, Sorrel, Perret, Pegau, Vieux Télégraphe, Clos des Papes and Mont Redon you have plenty of young guns snapping at their heals.

Appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Condrieu, Cornas, Côte Rôtie, Côtes du Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage, Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, Northern Rhone, Rhone, St Joseph, Vacqueyras, Ventoux, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse

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Appellations in Germany

Germany

Since the 1997 vintage we have seen a complete revival of Germany’s fortunes as a producer of world-class wine. Led by the aristocratic Riesling variety and a growing band of first class producers, the country finally seems to be enjoying the recognition it truly deserves.

It is a fact that, British journalists, sommeliers and trade buyers are some of Riesling’s most loyal and persistent customers, clamouring for wine from the likes of JJ Prum, Fritz Haag, Donnhoff, Keller and Carl von Schubert. This most noble of wines is not only utterly delicious, but in today's modern, fast-moving world of over consumption, these delicate Rieslings are refreshing and light, 'weighing in’ at anything between 7.5% to 12.5% alcohol. Historically the British have focussed their attentions on the great pradikat wines from Kabinett to TBA, all with a little residual sugar. Nowadays, the great dry wines with the Grosses Gewachs at the pinnacle are also finding favour and provide a similarly stimulating antidote to the more recent trend of overly full-bodied, alcoholic wines.

Appellations: Ahr, Baden, Burgenland, Franken, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Ruwer, Saar

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Appellations in Italy

Italy

The general quality of Italian wine has never been better and, certainly in Piedmont, there has been a succession of great vintages, broken only by the minor blip that was the tumultuous 2002 vintage. In the UK we seem to be gaining an increasingly insatiable thirst for modern Italian wines. Spearheading the attack is the Piedmontese Nebbiolo grape, in the guise of Barolo, Roero and Barbaresco. The variety is produced in small quantities, needs careful hand tending and has an aromatic subtlety and temperament similar to that of fine Burgundy, from where pioneering growers such as Elio Altare first drew their inspiration. Thirty years ago, in the days when Dolcetto fetched higher prices than Nebbiolo, there was a care only for quantity not quality. At a time when there were very few good winegrowers, Elio Altare was so driven by his passion for wine he even risked being ostracised by his family. Today alongside other pioneers such as Enrico Scavino, Roberto Voerzio and Domenico Clerico, he continues to make some of Italy's most spellbinding wines, whilst encouraging young growers to strive for greatness, too. Marco Marengo, the Corino brothers and Correggia are just a few examples of growers who have benefited from Elio's wise counsel, all of whom make some of the most elegant, exciting and drinkable wines in Piedmont.

Appellations: Barolo, Bolgheri, Brunello di Montalcino, Campania, Chianti Classico, Friuli, Liguria, Montalcino, Piedmont, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto

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Appellations in Spain & Portugal

Spain & Portugal

The popularity of Rioja shows no signs of abating and, despite plenty of critical interest in emerging regions, it is the region that still supports Spain's stronghold in the UK. The traditional side of Rioja, where Crianza, Reservas and Gran Reservas are aged for long periods in old American oak, racked regularly by hand, is very much back in fashion here at Justerinis. Provided the right producer is found, one whose emphasis lies in producing a great wine in a traditional manner, not using the traditional methods to mask an inferior wine, they offer some of the best value to be had in the world of fine wine. Complex, generous, spicy and open, they are often released with a number of years bottle age to add to the extended cellar ageing, meaning instant gratification is very much on the cards. Hermanos Pecina, founded by Pedro Pecina, La Rioja Alta’s long serving vineyard manager is one such property that ages traditionally, but puts great emphasis on the quality of grapes harvested from their 50 hectares of prime, limestone dominated vineyards around San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Alongside the staunch traditionalists, honest vignerons like Florentino Monje are crafting wonderful bottles of Tempranillo with less time in oak and more emphasis on fresh fruit and spice. On the other side of the country, all the way over in Priorat, Sarah Perez continues to craft some of the region’s, and perhaps the country’s, most though provoking, interesting and characterful bottles at Mas Martinet, aged in everything from Amphora to Oak Barrels by way of demijohns and concrete vats.

Appellations: Castilla y León, Portugal, Priorat, Rias Baixas, Ribatejo, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda, Toro

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Appellations in Champagne

Champagne

The UK has been one of the world’s top markets for Champagne for some time. Our passion for bubbles and brands has seen extraordinary growth in Champagne consumption over the years, which combined with our great curiosity, has seen an expansion in the variety of Champagne being offered, too. Rosé, vintage, luxury cuvees, single vineyards, extra brut or even non-dosed styles have all been penetrating the market. There is a wider and more diverse range of Champagnes available in the UK than ever before.

Appellations: Champagne

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Appellations in Australia

Australia

Australia has already tasted success with famous top end areas such Barossa, Coonawarra and Margaret River, together with a small handful of other well-known regions. For these are now well-established, producing wines of quality and individuality, whether it's Barossa and its powerful reds, the mineral curranty Cabernets of Coonawarra, or the cool-climate wines of Margaret River; but can the practice follow all over Australia? As long time advocates of 'terroir', we hope so. Identifying unique terroirs, microclimates and capitalising on them to produce wines that have a sense of place and origin is essential if Australia is to take a further step up the qualitative ladder. One estate that is certainly making the most of its terroir is Voyager Estate, within the large Margaret River region, nestled in the ‘Golden Triangle’, that boasts unique soils and benefits from a coastal style climate with significant day / night temperature differences. Here, with a gentle, hands off approach to winemaking, the wines are the closest Australia will get to Bordeaux or the Rhône.

Appellations: Australia, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, South Eastern Australia, Tasmania

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Appellations in New Zealand

New Zealand

The vineyards of New Zealand lie in between the 35º and 45º latitudes, the European equivalent of between Bordeaux and Southern Spain.

However the cold, strong prevailing westerly winds from the Pacific make for a cooler overall climate than the figures suggest. Growing vines on the margins can have some spectacular results, notably Rieslings in the Mosel and Chardonnay in Chablis. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1980s that large-scale plantings of quality varieties got underway. The whole nation's cultural attitudes changed - Müller-Thurgau was replaced by Sauvignon and was planted on the dry gravely riverbeds of Martinborough and Marlborough. Throughout the 1990s, Pinot Noir vineyards sprouted in all parts of both the North and South islands, from Auckland to Central Otago.

Appellations: Central Otago, Marlborough, Martinborough

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Appellations in California

California

Californian wines are enjoying a tremendous revival, from the top exclusive Estates to the more commercial volume producers. The replanting of most of Californian vineyards in the early-to mid-1990s is showing through in quality. The new selected low volume clones grafted onto Phylloxera- resistant rootstock are now of an age to produce grapes that are yielding excellent quality. The sometimes outrageous prices being demanded, and indeed paid by customers, are a phenomenon of the early 1990s. Prices today are becoming a little more realistic even for the so-called 'boutique' wines.

Appellations: Central Coast, Mendocino, Napa Valley, Santa Cruz, Sonoma

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Appellations in Argentina & Chile

Argentina & Chile

Argentina is the world's fifth-largest wine producer, and for 200 years the Spanish, the Italians and, more recently, the French, have been making wine there. However, a per capita domestic annual consumption of 90 litres had long prevented Argentinean wineries to look beyond its country's boundaries. Now, with a rash of high-quality plantings of interesting varieties such as Malbec, Cabernet, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Torrontes and Sangiovese, together with a host of fine home and foreign winemaking talent who are heavily investing their time and money, Argentina's potential is being unlocked. Its ever growing presence in both the on and off trade is thanks to great producers such as the Cassone family, who first arrived in Argentina from Piedmont in the 19th Century. Their enthusiasm, investment and top class 90-year-old vineyards, situated in the prime Drummond area of Luján de Cuyo in Southwest Mendoza, 950 metres above sea level, has resulted in wonderfully rich, ripe wines of complexity and substance that could be considered to be some of Argentina's true flag-bearers.

Appellations: Aconcagua Valley, Cachapoal, Maipo Valley, Mendoza

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Appellations in South Africa

South Africa

This breath-taking country is world-renowned for its bio-diversity, home to a myriad of flora and fauna species, and at last we are starting to see this diversity in its winemaking too. In recent years it has started to build a great reputation for its white wines, slowly but surely, however, we are starting to see the great potential of its reds. Seen as the halfway house between the ‘new’ and ‘old’ worlds South Africa is capable of producing wines that balance generous, ripe fruit flavours with fresh, invigorating acidities – a combination that is starting to prove a hit.

Appellations: Elgin, Hemel-en-Aarde, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Western Cape

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