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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Christy Canterbury MW

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

  • 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

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  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Cordier

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

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France on Snooth

  • Blanc Lime Wine

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    No written review

    Wine review by moonchic65


  • RC - There are several 'French Family' wineries in Willamette Valley, ... similar climate in Burgundy, France.  We found Domaine Serene to be too expensive for shipping, as in $70 for six bottles.  We quit their wine club over a year ago, and replaced it with Domaine Drouhin (very close by).  Same high quality wines, from what I can tell anywa... Read More

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  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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    Layers of nuanced red and dark fruits, cherry and plum with a little dusty earth thrown. Gentle tannins and well balanced acidity allow the elegance of this grenache driven wine to shine. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Château le Boscq Cru Bourgeois Saint-Estèphe 1990

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119449. Saint Estephe is an appellation in the north of the Medoc peninsular that was created in 1936 although viticulture in the area goes back centuries. Chateau Le Boscq is a Cru Bourgeois estate with a long history and a high reputation that now belongs ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Denis Race Petit Chablis 2015

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    Medium lemon aromas with pleasant white blossom floral notes and a steely, sea breeze minerality on the nose. Fruit notes of peach, melon and lemon in the mouth, with a continuation of the minerality from the nose, strong and pure with notes of wet slate blowing ahead of a peach and apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2015

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    Pleasant green apple and lemon balm aromas with a green minerality amidst fresh fruit. Warmly and richly fruited, creamy notes of lemon, green apple and grapefruit with a soft finish of slate minerality, fine refreshing acidity and warm spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Vocoret & Fils Les Forets Chablis 1er Cru 2013

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    Steely and crisp aromas of mineral driven lemon and just a hint of oak. Tangerine, lemon and grapefruit flavors on the palate with a fresh and almost effervescent palate of zesty acidity tempered by creamy oak. Delightful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/114148.It is from the large Burgundy house of Faiveley.I started it at the weekend with my steak supper. It is fairly full-bodied for a Burgundy and there is plenty of red fruit with soft but well structured tannins. It is not particularly subtle or delicate but it ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cleebourg Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Cuvée Prestige 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Les Dauphines Cotes du Rhone

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    very smooth, lithe and supple like a good Rhone wine should be! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Do you have any wine from corsica, please thanks

    Comment by 521945Jack Weisz 521945 Jack Weisz


  • chateau maucaillou

    Comment by 471975Melchizedek432 471975 Melchizedek432


  • For my tastes, living in the Washington, DC metro area, French wines have better value than California wines. I can find many French reds, particularly from the Rhone Valley, in the $15 to $20 price range that are better than anything I have had from California in that price range.

    Comment by 157728Whiffer 157728 Whiffer


  • We did a tasting last weekend and opened a "2004 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot " - guys this burgundy is so elegant so well balanced - its like a velvetty caress of the most passionate lips ... you can taste the supple nuances of the grape and terroir as your tounge swirls around in her innate beauty ... you feel her warmth drip down your molars ...

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  • Hi~i'm the new member..can anyone willing to tell me what type of wine can pair with this food: oysters served with fresh horseradish creme and lemon wedges...thank you

    Comment by 254325youyu 254325 youyu


  • I agree with schellbe concerning Beaujolais, and you should try the AOC Chénas wines from Château des Jean-Loron. Here is the website : http://www.vins-de-bourgogne-sud.com You will find very original, typical and greedy wines.

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