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.
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Michel Lynch Cabernet Sauvignon 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Denis Marchais Cabernet Sauvignon 1997Cabernet Sauvignon from France
Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages (half-bottle) 1997Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Fortant White Merlot 1997Rosé from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Albert Bichot Cabernet Sauvignon 1997Cabernet Sauvignon from Burgundy, France
Michel Lynch Merlot 1997Merlot from Bordeaux, France
Auguste Clape Cornas 1997Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
L'Orval Syrah 1997Syrah/Shiraz from France
Fortant Sauvignon Blanc 1997Sauvignon Blanc from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1997Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
Chateau Tirecul La Graviere Monbazillac Cuvee Madame (500 ML) 1997Fruit Wine from Bordeaux, France
Perrier-Jouet Rose Belle Epoque 1997Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Antonin Rodet Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir 1997Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 1997Rhone White Blends from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Vichon Cabernet Sauvignon 1997Cabernet Sauvignon from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Marquis de Chasse Bordeaux Rouge 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Deschants 1997Rhone White Blends from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
L'Orval Cabernet Sauvignon 1997Cabernet Sauvignon from France
Chateau Meric 1997Bordeaux White Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Tayac Rubis de Prince Noir - Cotes de Bourg 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France