Saturday, March 23, 2013

2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne


Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

Limited release - 2002  was a very small crop and according to The Wine Spectator, only 150 cases are being imported in to the United States!

We have 120 bottles 
update: sold out

2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne...$153.99
We are lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher
(no additional discount)

Taittinger’s 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is off the charts. I have tasted the 2002 now many times, and it has never been less than thrilling. A vivid kaleidoscope of pure Chardonnay aromas and flavors opens up in the glass. The 2002 is at once incredibly rich yet also totally weightless and impeccable in its balance. All the classic Comtes notes are there, but with a level of detail and nuance I don’t think I have ever seen before. The 2002 is breathtakingly beautiful today, but also appears to have the stuffing to age for decades. Personally...Sadly, there is little wine to go around as 2002 was a very short crop. Readers who can track down the 2002 are in store for something truly great. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2042. 

This is a fabulous set of new releases from Taittinger. The 2002 Comtes de Champagne is easily one of the very best young Champagnes I have ever tasted. Over the next year or so, Taittinger plans to list more information about their NV wines on the back labels, something that is a huge positive for the consumer.

Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

Wine Education

Wine Tasting today at Forysth -- 11am-4pm

  • Terres Falmet Cinsault
  • Novelty Hill Sauvignon Blanc
  • Casa Lapastolle Cuvee Alexander Chardonnay
  • plus the first of our 2012 ROSES
  • 2012 Domaine Grands Bois ROSE
  • 2012 Reserve de la Saurine ROSE

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste the Terres Falmet Cinsault at all four of our locations this Saturday, March 23  from 11am-4pm.  (the other stores will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education:  We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores.    We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring.  We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations.   We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

image from wikipedia

Cinsault: Pronounced (san-soh) Cinsault is the fourth most widely planted grape varietal in France, and is particularly important to the Languedoc-Roussillon region as a blending grape to add color and bouquet. Among other accomplishments, like being the most widely planted grape in Morocco, Cinsault is also the varietal that South African professor Abraham Izak Perold crossed with Pinot Noir in 1925 to make South Africa’s flagship varietal Pinotage. While not often bottled on it’s own, wines made exclusively from Cinsault can be quiet enjoyable for their intense bouquets and soft supple mouth feel, and can be a lovely compliment to lighter meats and fatty fish (tuna or salmon). 

Pick up a bottle of 2010 Terres Falmet Cinsault at any of the four Wine and Cheese Place locations to see what makes this such a compelling varietal. 

2010 Terres Falmet Cinsault.....$13.99
The grapes for this wine are 100% hand-harvested. Yves’ Cinsault comes from a plot of 50+ year old Cinsault vines planted on beautiful hillside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. The wine is vinified and aged in tank. There is no oak ageing.

Great "GSM" from Duval

John Duval Plexus "GSM"...$31.99
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Plexus Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre is a blend of Shiraz 52%, Grenache 29% and Mourvedre 19%. This wine opens with notes of blackberry preserves, blueberry compote and warm black plums over suggestions of vanilla, cinnamon toast, anise, espresso and mandarin peel. Full-bodied and generously fruited with warm black berry and spice flavors plus a touch of oak, it has a good backbone of medium to firm finely-grained tannins and just enough acid to balance through the long finish. It’s delicious now but should improve with 2-3 years in bottle and drink well to 2022+. 
Rated 92+/100 The Wine Advocate

Deanston 30 Year Old

Deanston Highland Single Malt Scotch 30 Year Old...$279.99
This Deanston 30 Year old is a fine single malt from the fertile and lush Highland region of Scotland - an area rich in heritage and culture. For over three decades the liquid has mellowed and matured in hand made oak casks, under lock and key in the ancient 18th century vaults used to warehouse this valuable coppery gold jewel. Finished for 2 years is oloroso sherry butts.

Also in stock....

Deanston 12 Year Old
Deanston Virgin Oak

Troubadour Imperial Stout

Belgian Stout in stock at Forsyth 

Troubadour Imperial Stout...$13.99 / 750ml
This beautiful beer has an almost black body and a large tan and lasting head. It's a pretty bitter, strongly roasted coffee & malty beer. The aroma is dry, roasted, "nutty" and smokey. The strong bitter chocolate impression let it end in a nice bitter finish. This beer contains 4 different types of malt, roasted barley and 2 types of hop. The overall result is how an Imperial Stout should taste, with a Belgian touch.
Alcohol (V/V): 9,0%

Rated 95/100 RateBeer

Cocchi Americano

We have been carrying the original Bianco - but now we also have the pink!

The original white....
Cocchi Americano Bianco Aperitif Wine..$17.99
Made to the same recipe since 1891, this extraordinary aperitif wine has long been a staple of Asti. On a base of Moscato di Asti is infused a blend of herbs, fruit and spices, most notably cinchona, gentian and citrus, and laid down for a year before being released. In Piemonte it is served chilled with ice, a twist of orange peel and a splash of soda to bring out all its natural aroma and fragrances. Outside of Italy it is revered as one of last great blanc/bianco aperitif wines, essential to a wide range of classic mixed drinks.
Product of Italy. 16.5% Alc./Vol., 750ml

Plus the new Rose
Cocchi Americano Rosa Aperitif Wine....$17.99 
Throughout its history, the House of Cocchi has periodically produced alternate varieties of its Americano Aperitif Wine. Here the base is of two varietals unique to the region and more often used in sparkling wines, Brachetto d'Acqui and Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco, famous for imparting notes of white rose and summer berries. These are blended with herbs, fruit and spices, most notably gentian, cinchona and citrus. Enjoy on ice with soda or tonic and a slice of lemon. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

New 18yr and 21yr Auchentoshan

New from limited releases from Auchentoshan - 18yr and 21yr

Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch 18 Year Old...$104.99 
Triple distilled and matured in American bourbon oak for over eighteen years. The result: a refreshing Lowland single malt whisky with the added infusion of ripe citrus and green tea, the warmth of toasted almonds and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.
Tasting Notes
To The Eye:
Deep golden summer barley.
To The Nose:
Fresh tobacco leaf - then sweet with a hint of caramelised sugars, green tea and toasted almonds.
To The Tongue:
A floral freshness with sweet barley sugar at first - this gently ebbs to reveal a tangerine zestiness. The palate is left alive and refreshed.
To The End:
A long, lingering and well balanced dram that invigorates the mouth.

Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch 21 Year Old....$149.99
Triple distilled and aged perfectly for over twenty one years in American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. This creates a refined Lowland Single Malt Whisky, ripe with gooseberries, sweet creamy vanilla, a hint of oak, warm honey, and the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste.

"Bright copper. Elegant and smooth. Soft green fruit with mint, oak and freshly cut barley. Sweet chocolate and mint with oak and honey. Long, soft and warm. My top choice as the quintessential Lowland Single Malt; it doesn't get better."
F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal

Tasting Notes
To The Eye:
Bright copper.
To The Nose:
Ripe gooseberry notes together with sweet vanilla and oak, combines with a freshly cut barley flavour.
To The Tongue:
Light chocolate and soft green fruit, with a twist of old oak and honey.
To The End:
A long and lasting finish, demonstrating real depth of character.

Perennial Beer Tasting


Perennial Artisan Ales Beer Tasting
Friday, March 22 from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105 

We have Kerry from Perennial at our Forsyth location tasting through their exciting Ales that we currently have in stock...

  • Aria
  • Black Walnut
  • Saison de Lis
  • Hommel

Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout is scheduled 
to  arrive at The Wine and Cheese Place on March 29
We will take pre-arrival reservations only during the tasting on Friday March from 4-6pm.  When it arrives on March 29, we will offer whatever is still left.

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13

We stop taking reservations, but each store should have some in stock.

Rock Hill is sold out

We don't want to sit on it, so you must pick up your order by Monday 7pm or it goes back out for sale.

We did so well with the first release, Stone is sending us a new batch of Enjoy By IPA
Show that Missouri is on board again - tweet to Stone with the #EnjoyBy #MO

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.13 ...$5.99 / 22oz
You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

White Hatter now in 6pks!!!!!

New Holland White Hatter Belgian Style WPA...$9.99 / 6pk
Style: Belgian Style White Pale Ale
White Hatter flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spicing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of tropical fruit are framed with orange peel, chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise. Pairings: fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses.
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 39.6

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Rare Dalmore Castle Leod and King Alexander III

The Dalmore King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch...$199.99

"Crafted to honour the act of saving Scotland’s King in 1263, this expression unites six specially selected casks housing spirit of perfect maturity. Whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques are brought together in perfect harmony. Each cask gives its own flavour notes, delivering a unique complex single malt whisky revered by connoisseurs.

The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Castle Leod...$149.99
This limited edition bottling celebrates the ancient and historic seat of Clan Mackenzie and is the second in a series crafted by Master Distiller Richard Paterson in homage to Clan Mackenzie.

Castle Leod has been home to the Caberfeidh, Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, since 1606 and is located just 14 miles from the The Dalmore Distillery.
This classic Vintage 1995 expression was matured initially in American white oak and Spanish sherry wood, before being transferred for a final 18 months to barriques from a legendary 1st cru classe Bordeaux chateau.

Order your clan name....

Chieftain Scotch is offering "Key to the Clans" Single Malt Scotches.

There are 48 clan names to choose from....
$80 for 12 bottles of 50ml size

Orders are due by March 27
or email

We plan on ordering a few names for our shelves, so if you do not want to buy a full box of 12 bottles, let us know the name you want and how many bottles and we will try to order the ones we have the most requests for.  
$6.99 / 50ml

Click on the pictures to enlarge

Here are the names available

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rustic Bakery

Rustic Bakery

Using only the finest organic products Rustic Bakery of Marin County California, produces wonderful and flavorful flatbreads and pan forte crostini. In stock at the Forsyth location.

Sweet Onion and Crème Fraiche Flatbread:  

Our most popular flavor, the sweet organic onions are mellowed by careful roasting in our ovens. Using Strauss Dairy cream to make our crème fraiche contributes to the wonderful taste of this flavor. Fantastic pairings include: Triple cream cheese such as Brillat Savarin or Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam, cave aged Gruyere or Emmantel.

Wild Mushroom and Truffle Flatbread: 

Filled with the distinctive earthy and rich flavors of wild mushrooms and truffles this flat bread is wonderful served with a simple salted butter or a bright, fresh chevre. 

Kalamata Olive Sourdough Flatbread: 
This delicious flat bread is made using Divina organic olives which we hand pit and mince to knead into the bread. The result is a true olive flavor which compliments fresh Chevre, Humbolt Fog or creamy Baskeriu

Cranberry, Pecan and Rosemary Pan Forte: 
Three diffenent flavors combine in this pan forte with the note of fresh rosemary coming through. This flavor is nutty and sweet with the added twist of herbal in the mix. Delightful on its own or paired with creamy brie or Tallegio.

Tart Bing Cherry, almonds and Valrhona cacao nib Pan Forte:
This thin crisp toast has a classic flavor combination of dried cherries, almonds and cacao nibs giving it a sweet, slightly chocolate flavor. Lightly sprinkled with crystal sugar, this pan forte is a great match with creamy goat cheese, but, could also stand in for a cookie with a glass of milk.

Tia Maria

Amazing closeout we just bought - in stock at all four of our locations!

So cheap you have to buy it!
Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur....$4.99 / 375ml
Compare to $24.99 for 750ml
The legend of TIA MARIA dates back to the mid-17th century, when a beautiful young Spanish aristocrat fled the turmoil colonial war brought to the island of Jamaica. Her maid saved one family treasure, a small jewelry box with black pearl earrings and an ancient manuscript with the recipe for a mysterious liqueur. The recipe was named after the courageous woman: TIA MARIA. It was then rediscovered in the 1950s by Dr. Kenneth Leigh Evans, who began to produce and market it. Still made to the original Caribbean recipe by ILLVA Saronno and distributed in over 60 countries, TIA MARIA is an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh coffee roasted to perfection, complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Rich copper and golden amber tones blend with an enticing caramel nose to make TIA MARIA an ideal mixer in exotic cocktails.

Kimchi in stock!

New to The Wine and Cheese Place 
Forsyth location

Mother in Law's Kimchi
"While not as good as my actual Mother in Law’s homemade Kimchi, the Mother In Law’s Napa Cabbage Kimchi is a wonderful version of this ancient and delicious Korean dish. Based on a 20 year-old recipe of the renowned Korean restaurant, Jang Mo Gip (Mother-in-Law’s House) this Kimchi is a perfect compliment to any Asian style stir fry or rice based dish, or make your own creation using Kimchi in place of your favorite salsa, hot sauce or pickle. Trust me Mother In Law’s Kimchi makes everything better." - Aaron, TWCP

Dan Patrick and Red Hook Audible Ale

In stock at Forsyth or order online

Audible Ale Six Pack

Redhook Dan Patrick Audible Ale....$7.99 / 6pk

Redhook has teamed up with Dan Patrick to brew the ultimate craft beer for watching sports: plenty of flavor and aroma, and crushable enough to make you want another — without making you sloppy by halftime. So, whether you’re watching the Dan Patrick Show in your mancave, or tailgating in a parking lot, it’s time to fill your passion bucket with crushable craft. Listen to your thirst. It’s Audible.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Charleville Triple Wit is back

Charleville Triple Wit...$5.19 / 22oz
"A beer experience with a true distinction, our Triple wit is a unique bottle conditioned Belgian style ale. Made from two row barley, white wheat and rolled oats. To compliment the satiating taste only found by using a traditional top fermenting yeast, coriander and oranges are added. This addition during the brewing process lends to the delicate balance of flavors between the malt hops and yeast." -- Charleville

Bruichladdich Black Art 3

In stock now at Forsyth
Bruichladdich Black Art 3...$169.99

New Octomore

We had ordered 12 bottles, but only got allocated 3 bottles

1 bottle per person
call 314.727.8788 to reserve

This is their highest peat level so far....
OCTOMORE 5.1/ 169 PPM...$169.99




Peat levels in some well know scotches
Ardbeg: 54ppm
Laphroaig: 40-43ppm
Lagavulin: 35-40ppm
Caol Ila: 30-35ppm
Bowmore: 20-25ppm

Collaboration between Ommegang and Brasserie d ‘Achouffe

New batch is here with a new label

Ommegang and Brasserie d ‘Achouffe bring you ----


Rated 97/100 RateBeer

"(COOPERSTOWN, NY) The cheerful gnomes of Belgian farmstead Brasserie d ‘Achouffe dropped by the Brewery Ommegang farmstead brewery in the summer of 2010.

They brought with them a typically gnomic idea: why not co-create a totally new beer to bridge both farmsteads across the Atlantic Ocean? The beer happily evolved through multiple pilot brews and tastings, resulting in a strong Belgian Golden Ale using Chouffe yeast in the primary fermentation and Ommegang yeast in the secondary. The lushly fruity and spicy yeast is a signature found in every Chouffe beer, and the combination of their yeast, our brewing skills, and our own yeast yielded a unique, flavorful, and aromatic dose of brewing magic. The beer was deemed a big success by Chouffe gnomes and Ommegang alike, was christened Gnomegang, and went into commercial production as a Limited Edition Ommegang ale for sale beginning in the second quarter of 2011.

In appearance, Gnomegang is a rich, translucent gold, with a big, fluffy white head. The high-carbonation is readily apparent. The nose focuses on distinctive clove aromas, combined with yeasty fruitiness typical of Chouffe beers. Flavors include ripe fruit, clove, light caramel, non-cloying candy sweetness, smooth maltiness, and well-balanced hopping. Mouthfeel offers a big, round body with full, fine carbonation. The finish is dry and warming, lingering gracefully.

Gnomegang Specs:
Style: Belgian-style Strong Blonde Ale
Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Oats, flaked Red Wheat, Special B
Hops: two Saaz varieties, hopped 3 times
Spices: none
Sugar: yes
Yeast: Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation, Ommegang yeast in bottle conditioning
OG: 19.9 o Plato
FG: 2.9 o Plato
ABV: 9.5% abv
IBU: 19
750 ml bottle: Bottle-conditioned with Ommegang house yeast

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Oak Smoked Old Guardian

Just arrived - in stock and online

2013 Odd Year Release
Stone Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine...$5.59 / 22oz

Our "Odd Beers for Odd Years" program has afforded us the happy opportunity to experiment beyond our customary annual recipe tweaks and unleash a second version of this tasty brew in tandem with the classic release. We added a substantial dose of German oak-smoked malt to this year's odd year brew, enveloping it in a generous smokiness that complements its rich malt character and slightly dry finish without diminishing the vivid hop flavors and bitterness.

Kosher for Passover

Kosher Store

Passover is March 25

Visit or New Ballas Location for all your Kosher needs
The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur, MO 

Kosher Wine
Kosher Nuts
Kosher Candy
and other Kosher food products

95 Points and $22

2011 Jorge Ordonez & Co Victoria #2...$21.99 / 375ml

From the same winery as the dry Botani, the incredibly perfumed, floral 2011 Victoria No. 2 is a delicious dessert wine that possesses about 13% natural alcohol. Made from 100% Moscatel de Alexandria, 17 pounds of grapes are required to make one 375 ml bottle. This raisiny, rich, thick dessert wine’s fragrance could fill a large room. This amazing creation should be served chilled at the end of a meal with nothing next to it. It should last for 6-10+ years.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, March 18, 2013

Exciting Barrel Aged Beer Tasting!

This Thursday!
Hof Ten Dormaal  Barrel Aged Beer Tasting
Thursday March 21, 6pm - 7:30pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105 

Seating is limited - reservations required.

$20 / person 

We will taste these 8 Hof Ten Dormaal barrel aged beers.

Scott Snyder, Certified Cicerone, will be on hand to lead you through the tasting.

No.1 - Jenever Barrel
No.2 - Cognac Barrel
No.3 - Madeira Barrel
No.4 - Armagnac Barrel
No.5- Sherry Barrel
No.6 - Port Barrel
No.8 - Sauternes Barrel
No. 9 Grappa Barrel

More info about the beers...

In stock now at Forsyth -- now online also

Hof Ten Dormaal took the same beer and aged it in 8 different barrels --

$17.99 / 750ml each

More info about each....

Brew nº1: Gin (jenever)
The first beer made in our new oak aged gamma has been aged on Belgian Gin barrels. The aroma searches a balance between caramel, toasted bread and some fruity aspects such as apricot and plum. Also there is some form of spices, tasted as pepper and safran. The taste itself is mainly exotic fruit flavours, cassis and caramel. We end with a pure beer taste with a royal dose of heating alcohol.
provenance: Distillery Filliers near Ghent (Belgium)
contained the 100% authentic gin for 5 years

Brew nº2: Cognac

This complex beer was brewed in cognac barrels that have contained cognac for at least 40 years. You will experience a mild alcohol aroma that is balanced by vanilla overtones coming from the wood and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricots. The mouthfeel is velvety with flavors of honey coming through with every sip.


provenance: family distilery Clos de Nancrevant, situated in Chanier (France)
contained cognac for at least 40 years.

Brew nº3: Madeira

This beer is comparable with the beer aged in the Armagnac barrels, however the aroma is much more subtle. You can experience a mild alcoholic aroma, with a balanced flavour of vanilla, coming from the wood, and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricot. Tasting this will give you a velvety taste, the honey like sweetness masks the degree of alcohol. The aftertaste is dominated by almond so the comparison with Amaretto isn't far away. In short, the perfect dessert beer!


provenance: Madeira (Portugal)

Brew nº4: Armagnac

Like you expect from a beer that has matured on an Armagnac barrel, the aroma after pouring out is intense, complex and alcoholic which can point out the robust character of this special beer. You can smell some caramel and some biscuit odors. These come from the different malts and by fermenting on the wooden barrels. All this can also be found in the taste with some subtle nutty flavours, especially almond. The sweet aftertaste reminds of truffle.


provenance: France - Domaine Marquestau
Contained Armagnac for over 30 years.

Brew nº5: Sherry

The different flavors of this beer are manifested in a sublime order to achieve a harmonious yet complex taste sensation. 

Besides the instantly recognizable dry sherry flavor there also is room for the fresh and spicy scents of vegetative raw celery and a green pepper character. This follows in subtle fruity aromas of peach and candied apricot, with an undertone of tea extracts. Finished with a nutty touch, reminiscent of broken walnuts. The mainly fresh flavors that make up the smell of the beer are masterfully supported by more robust flavors. In the flavor we can find the typical duality of balsamic, compromise between sweet and sour, and finally conclude with a notion of liquorice. But this story is not over; the aftertaste brings a perfect marriage between alcohol warming and soothing sweetness.

provenance: Spain - Jerez

Brew nº6: Port

The wonderful aroma of this beer is clearly indebted to the time that has matured in port casks. 

This manifests itself primarily in a well-balanced marriage of hand fruity notes of apricot and dried raisins, complemented by full-flavored caramel and honey accents and also a range of flavors from the wood. These can be divided into several, perfectly complementary fractions, from the resinous spiciness of green wood, a creamy center with hints of vanilla to the deep flavors of mature oak and dried tobacco. Towards the end, the intensity of the flavor is greatly increased by the presence of alcohol and impressions of solvent, which is especially the fruitiness benefits and reminiscent of apricot and fresh fig. This assembly is perfectly finished with a long lasting, slightly syrupy aftertaste that leaves barely resting on the palate.

provenance: Portugal

Brew nº8: Sauternes

A description of the delicate aroma resembles a journey through a tropical greenhouse, the floral and fruity scents, the taster induced response. 

Orange blossom, violets and honeysuckle go hand in hand with pear, peach, lime and mango. The complexity is complemented with notes of vanilla and clove and complemented by a notion of lavender. After this fresh bouquet comes the resounding of a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The onset of the beer is sweet and reminiscent of homemade marmalade, to be taken over by the alcohol and a refreshing spiciness consisting hints of fresh sage and anise. It is at this time that the vinous character of the beer reaches its fullness and this puts seemingly effortlessly into the aftertaste, which inevitably seems to be not to think of grapes, which proved that a successful marriage between wine and beer is certainly possible.

provenance: France