French Wine

Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputation has led to worldwide imitation. Many varieties that are now considered international, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, are French, and winemaking pioneers in New World regions such as California and Chile look to the great wines of France as their benchmark.


France has been making wine since approximately 600 BC, and was its largest producer until it was passed by Italy in 2008.  With over 800,000 hectacres under vine, it has the largest vineyard area in the world after Spain. It is, however, the world’s largest producer of fine wines. AC wines constitute over 45 percent of its production, compared with 12 to 15 percent of Italy’s, for example.

One advantage France has over other wine-producing countries is the great variety of growing climates it encompasses. Its south has a Mediterranean climate, with a warm sun that can be relied on to fully ripen grapes. Western France Read more »

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Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of France

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Armagnac

      Armagnac is a grape brandy that is produced in the Gascony region of France. It’s the olde...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Burgundy

    Bourgogne is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions.    It enjoys...

  • Champagne

      Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine region in the world. It is located in northeas...

  • Cognac

      Table wine production has existed in the Cognac region of France since the Romans first pl...

  • Jura

    Jura is a French wine region that lies between Burgundy and Switzerland. The wines produced her...

  • Languedoc-roussillon

      This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, bu...

  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

  • Provence

    Sun-soaked Provence – home of the celebrated destinations of St. Tropez and Cannes, and beloved...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Savoie

    Vin de Savoie is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) situation in the Alps. The wines from...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

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France on Snooth

  • Iam fairly new to french wine. I am looking to start expanding my french wine knowledge. I would love any suggestions.

    Comment by 7964231francophile 796423 1francophile


  • Chateau Miaudoux Saussignac 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from Cadman Fine Wines for £12. Saussignac is an appellation set up in 1982,although there has been viticulture in the area for centuries,for sweet white wines only from 4 communes south-west of Bergerac adjacent to the Monbazillac appellation.Chateau Miaudoux is a small property in this area and my bottle is a blend... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Latour Martillac Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 Latour-Martillac has a nose of cake spice and lemon oil with a hint of grassy mint. On entry, we have a deep, spicy herbaceous kind of fruit - like wild gooseberry, perhaps. The length is quite substantial, with some heat on the finish. A very good wine if perhaps a bit acidic (good with food, though). 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Lanessan 2015

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    Translucent dark ruby in the glass. Dark fruit and a touch of leather on the nose. First sip gives some dark fruit then red fruit and tart acidity. A bit flat mid palate with only some slight drying on the finish. I carried this over to my supper and the fruit really popped with Greek salad. This is clearly a food wine and a bit young at that. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château Lynch-Bages Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1996

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    Terrific red plum color in the glass. Some olive hint in the nose. Very good on the tongue. Just the slightest suggestion of black fruit. Then less fruity things--a bit of leather, some dustiness. Completely resolved tannins. Minimal acid. Fairly short finish, This one, while quite enjoyable, might be a bit past its peak. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux 2006

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    Nose of sour blackberry; no oak, but some cedar notes. Entry has fine tannin mid-palate, with Himalayan Blackberry flavours galore. Some pencil lead on the finish (a good thing). Elegant and firm. Better, in fact, than expected. Finish is long and satisfying; a wine for the person of form, perhaps a bit less of substance, this being an "ordinary... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Batailley Pauillac 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £40 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/134247. Pauillac is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red wines from the commune of Pauillac and a few clearly marked parcels outside it. Pauillac is located on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château la Pointe Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 26 euros on my last visit to Calais.The Pomerol appellation was created in 1936,although wine-making here goes back to at least medieval times,for red wines from the commune of that name near the town of Libourne on the right bank of the Bordeaux region.The commune is only about three square miles so it is one of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • G. H. Mumm Champagne Brut Cordon Rouge NV

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    The Cordon Rouge NV for 2018 is slightly brioche on both the nose and palate, but does not give lift to the festive season - being weak in the usual bread, vanilla and apple notes. Unquestionably Champagne, but for the price you can find better quality in the New World. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Puy Blanquet 2015

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    Tasted 27th December 2018. The wine has a weak nose of cherries and vanilla, while the entry is of middling strength regarding these two flavour components - with noticeable bitterness and oak. Not much fruit for the vintage and somewhat disappointing compared to the 2014. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Clos St. Magdeleine Cassis Blanc 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk] for £22. Casis is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here has been traced back as far as the ancient Greeks in 500BC,for red,rose and white wines [70% are white] from a single commune around the seaside village of that name 12 miles south-east of Marseilles.M... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Just found out my 90 yr old mil would love to have a bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet as her father was originally from France and she thinks there might be a connection to the wineries. I would like to get a nice bottle for her (approx. $40 - 50). Am in the 21222 zipcode and can't find anything near me.

    Comment by 1429001Sharyn Jenkins 1429001 Sharyn Jenkins


  • where in the uk can we obtain clos siguier, a malbec?

    Comment by 983342mitmann 983342 mitmann


  • OMG. Thats where wine comes from. Huge varienty and quality to go around and around. My favorite wines come from France. Yay!

    Comment by 936723WineauxSlave 936723 WineauxSlave


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  • appellation-a-vent Stuart Imports Chateau Des Jaque J Thorin 1959 Magnum

    Comment by 744135Lila Meyers 744135 Lila Meyers


  • Just had a bottle of Chateau Des Gravies 1999 with dinner at Christmas Eve. It was fantastic, well balanced and great finish.

    Comment by 696084Rkato 696084 Rkato


  • Let’s face it, this is may be the most intimidating problem facing a prospective wine buyer, either at a restaurant, wine store or wine auction. You probably don’t remember French pronunciation, but if you are lucky you may have some other Romantic language under your belt. Here is a list of some basic terms and their pronunciation: * Amon...

    Comment by 629309MadBistro 629309 MadBistro


  • "Ridiculously cheap" yet "drinkable" - how often do you find those phrases together in connection with French wine? See them dance together on the Sediment blog at www.sedimentblog.com

    Comment by 546548Sedimentblog 546548 Sedimentblog


  • Love France - love French wine!

    Comment by 345074Sweetie22 345074 Sweetie22


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