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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why drink French Wine?

  • French wines tend to be less alcoholic than Australian and generally have a softer taste. The average bottle of French wine varies between 12.5% to 13.5% Alcoholic content and contains on average less preservatives than  our lovely wines from Australia.
  • It is said, in average Australian wines white wines the total SO2 9sulphur dioxide is 125 ppm and red wines 60ppm. Unlike French or Italian wines where acid levels are generally in balance with the fruit sweetness. Australians with riper fruit from warmer vineyards have lower natural acids, but are allowed to add tartaric acid to achieve acid balance.
  • Many winemakers make their wines to a formula such that the pH is adjusted by the addition of acid to high levels so that sulphur dioxide is efficiently used. The higher the acid the lower the pH and the more effect the SO2!
  • Winemakers use PMS (224) in commercial wineries these days due to health and safety issues. It is much safer and cheaper to weigh out a quantity of powder than use a gas bottle to dissolve the 220 gas in rain water.
  • I recommend that you only drink wine with sulphur dioxide 220 as it is a pure form of SO2. One must also remember that SO2 is readily broken down and so aged red and white dry table wines will be very low in SO2.
  • Most of the wines from the French cellar are aged between 4 and 7 years. The whites between 2 to 3 years.
  • French wine tends to be easy and smooth to digest, at least the ones from the French cellar are.
  • You will find them inoffensive with very little attack in them. They do not have the large bold nose of some of the Australian and NZ wines and altogether are, without criticising our great Australian product, just a different taste worthy of enjoyment.
  • French Rosé at least the French Cellar’s choice is something to experience. It lacks acidity and is a winner with the ladies, described by some as like a nectar from heaven. It is simply superb.
  • Perhaps an unknown white wine to Australians is Alegote, similar to Chablis or chardonnay only perhaps a little softer than our chardonnay. It is similar to the French Chablis and is very refreshing on a  summers day. It hails from a similar climatic area as does Chablis, around the Burgundy region of France and is a lot more inexpensive than Chablis. Try some and see just how good it is. You won’t be sorry.
     

What type of closures are on French Wines?

  • Generally the wine coming in from the French Cellar will be corked. The French hold to their traditions, anyway it is nice, especially at a dinner party to “uncork” a fine bottle of wine and let it breath or decanter it. In the unlikely event you get a bad cork the French cellar will without argument replace it FOC, but please don’t make a habit of it.

Delivery Charges:

  • Please click here and identify your state area and region by post code.

Track your order

  • You can track your order from the information supplied on your order confirmation documentation that was emailed to you.
  • All deliveries are made via Australia Post’s special wine delivery service. The tracking number link will direct you to the Australia Post web site where you can obtain the most up to date information regarding the whereabouts of your delivery.

Product graphics.

  • If you have seen a series of graphic information at the base of each wine, after you have selected the “more info” button these graphics provide information concerning,
    • Region
    • Best time to drink the wine in it’s evolution
    • Best temperature to drink the wine.
    • Smell structure.
    • Tasting Structure in terms of tannins, acid and PH
    • Aromatic intensity of the wine.

Wine Regions of France:

Terms and conditions of sale

  • The French Cellar supports the responsible service of alcohol. It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years.
  • You can purchase The French cellar’s products online or over the phone and have your order delivered to your home or office.
    Please note there is a 5% surcharge on all phone orders.
  • Due to Licensing Laws you must be over 18 years of age in order to place and receive a delivery. For further information regarding Liquor Licensing please refer to our licensing page.
  • The French cellar’s delivery partner is Australia POST. If you are not at home at the time of delivery, an "Article Awaiting" card will be left in your mailbox and your order will be automatically delivered to the nearest Post Office. Your order will not be left at unattended premises, unless otherwise specified, nor will they be left with persons under the age of 18 years (proof of age may be required).
  • Registered customers may request for their delivery to be left unattended, however, Australia POST reserves the right to leave a call waiting card regardless of this request. Australia POST highlight the following examples of where a call waiting card will be left regardless of an authority to leave request:
    • There was no one in attendance and no clear delivery instruction authorising us to leave the parcel in a safe place
    • Somebody was at home but they could not provide proof of age
    • There was an authority to leave (and no one answered the door), but the driver was concerned that minors were present within the vicinity of the premises (e.g. children playing inside or outside of the house)
    • Orders are despatched Monday to Friday. If we are in stock of your items at time of picking, we aim to dispatch your order the next business day.
    • We cannot guarantee or provide a day of the week or time of day for delivery.

Liquor Licensing Acts

  • Information relating the Liquor Licensing Legislation and The French cellar is contained below:
  • The act is defined differently in all states but universally prohibit the sales of liquor to minors under the age of 18. and basically state , it is an offence for a licensee of licensed premises or any other person to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed premises or elsewhere.
  • Sales will be made from NSW, the sale of liquor pursuant to the offer to purchase from this website is made at our licensed premises attached to the license numbers listed below. Your contract of sale is with The French cellar. Accordingly, your offer to purchase is subject to acceptance of your offer by the holder of the liquor license, certification and evidence of you being over 18 years of age, the availability of stock and the liquor which is the subject matter of your offer being ascertained and appropriated at the abovementioned licensed premises.
  • NSW Packaged Liquor License, License Number LIQP770010324

What is a blind wine tasting?

A blind wine tasting is where wines from various countries, regions and producers are compared without recipient knowing any details about the wines. The recipients are then requested to score the wine based upon their personal preference with in a score range of 1 to 10.

The French Cellar sources the bulk of their wines directly from over twenty state of the art wineries throughout France. They are controlled by the most fastidious experts to ensure only the best of the best are traded by their businesses. The French Cellar then from their vast selection chooses the wines that will best match the expectations of the Australian taste while ensuring the French difference is delightfully evident in all instances.

WARNING: Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 it is an offence: To supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years Penalty exceeds $6,000). For a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (Penalty exceeds $500)