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 Angelus 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes 1994Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 1994Other Dessert from Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Puy Blanquet 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1994Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 1994Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
Lanson Gold Label Brut 1994Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chateau Troplong Mondot (scuffed label) 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Chateau L'Evangile 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 1994Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Cote-Rotie La Mordoree 1994Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
Chateau Clinet 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Plagnac Medoc 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
M. Picard Merlot 1994Merlot from Rhone, France
M. Picard Syrah 1994Syrah/Shiraz from France