Learn about French wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
Nearly synonymous with fine wine and all things epicurean, France has a culture of wine production and consumption that is deeply rooted in tradition. Many of the world’s most beloved grape varieties originated here, as did the concept of “terroir”—soil type, elevation, slope and mesoclimate combine to produce resulting wines that convey a sense of place. Accordingly, most French wine is labeled by geographical location, rather than grape variety. So a general understaning of which grapes correspond to which regions can be helpful in navigating all of the types of French wine. Some of the greatest wine regions in the world are here, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Champagne, but each part of the country has its own specialties and strengths.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the king and queen of Burgundy, producing elegant red and white wines with great acidity, the finest examples of which can age for decades. The same two grapes, along with Pinot Meunier, are used to make Champagne.
Of comparable renown is Bordeaux, focused on bold, structured red blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc including sometimes a small amount of Petit Verdot or Malbec. The primary white varieties of Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Most of these grape varieties are planted throughout the country and beyond, extending their influence into other parts of Europe and New World appellations.
Chateau Guiraud Sauternes 1989Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Les Forts de Latour 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1989Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (half-bottle) 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (slightly torn label) 1989Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 1989Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Marc Bredif Nectar Vouvray (half-bottle) 1989Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
Domaine Tempier Cuvee Classique 1989Mourvedre from Provence, France
Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvee Brut 1989Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Bruno Paillard Brut 1989Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chateau Talbot 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1989Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Heidsieck Monopole Brut Diamant Bleu 1989Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chante Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape Selection Reflets 1989Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Chateau Latour 1989Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1989Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France