the story of French wine in numbers

Why Département?

The decision to launch a range of French wines using the number of the Département in which the wine was made was a simple one. It was simple because it gave us the freedom to choose the appellation within these regions that we most admired, it enabled us to collaborate with some of the greatest winemakers and Estates of France and to assemble a collection of wines that are true exemplars, wines that allow us to confidently declare: “This is France”.

By producing a range dedicated to the unique, representative and arresting, we believe that we have created a safe haven for all of the Francophiles wanting a consistently great bottle of wine. At the same time, we’ve made it easy for those really interested in exploring what makes French wine ‘great’, to see the foundations on which France’s reputation as the world’s foremost wine producer have been built.

The Départements of France

The ninety-six Départements of mainland France, came into being in 1790 as a way to encourage national unity, and to emphasise the importance of being equal partners in a much larger whole. Our Département wines are part of that same story.


It is true that all of our Département wines can stand alone, as they are both beautiful and exemplary examples of the best of French wine, yet by linking them together, we aim to experience something more. We see just how impressive the wine culture of France is, how being distinct in style and taste does not diminish their collective strength. Our Département wines are the vinous equivalent of the unity that the French administrators aspired to over two centuries ago; all you need to do is decide which ‘Département’ to drink first.

Département 33
Département 44
Département 69