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.
- Sauvignon Blanc386
- Rhône White Blends253
- Other White Wine176
- Chenin Blanc171
- Bordeaux White Blends163
- Other White Blends124
- Pinot Gris/Grigio56
- Melon de Bourgogne47
- Pinot Blanc46
- Gruner Veltliner1
M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Blanc Les Granits 2014Marsanne from Saint-Joseph, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc 2014Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 2014Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage Les Meysonniers Blanc 2014Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage La Petite Ruche Blanc 2014Marsanne from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Jaboulet Crozes-Hermitage Les Jalets Blanc 2014Marsanne from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Cave de Tain Marsanne 2014Marsanne from France
Delas Crozes Hermitage Les Launes Blanc 2014Marsanne from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine de Roure Blanc 2014Marsanne from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France