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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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Subregions of France

  • Alsace

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

  • 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...

  • South West France

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

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Armagnac

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

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

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France on Snooth

  • St Cosme Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2012

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    Gamy, savory and spicy on the nose, this is cut from a different cloth than most Cotes du Rhone. Barnyard, deeply aromatic and rich with slightly lifted aromas of earthy raspberry fruit,, green olive, worcestershire sauce and lamb with a hint of orange and mint, theres a diner in my glass. Big rich, and black fruited right up front, this is a t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pierre Henri Morel Signargues Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011

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    Reticent on the nose with clear notes of candied strawberry and blackberry fruits wrapped in hints of leather, dried herbs, grilled meat and licorice. Smooth and moderately rich in the mouth, this really could use a bit more acidity for my palate, though many will appreciate the wines seamless character and slightly weight feel. On the palate on... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Château Beauchene Cotes du Rhone Grande Reserve 2012

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    A hint of leathery funk greets the nose followed by lovely layered aromas of dried mushroom, baking spice, candied violet, strawberry, juniper and beef blood. A little weighty and plush in the mouth, this feels just a bit clumsy while it delivers light if fresh flavors of red fruits, raspberry and strawberry with hints of rhubarb and almost a be... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Marrenon Grand Toque Luberon 2012

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    Tight and focused on the nose with Syrah driven aromas of blue fruit, fine gently meaty spice notes hints of warm red fruit, cracked pepper and baking spice. Lighter bodied in the mouth than the nose suggest, this shows a lovely transparency on the palate with flavors that like the aromas, are driven by the slightly spicy and gamy nature of Syra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine la Tour Boisee Minervois 2011

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    A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose. Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending this body and richness on the palate. The flavors show a fine blend of black cherry fruitiness with leather and dried herbal notes along with late arriving mu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Emark, I have always thought that there is plenty of reasonably priced ... ... website and I go to France at least once a year.It is not that expensive in London shops eith Read More

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  • Domaine de Chene Colombe Macon-Villages 2012

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    Fairly mediocre white burgundy. Somewhat waxy, muted lemon, ripe golden ... ... ... priced chardonnay from France but this isn't i Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau Tayac Cuvee Larauza Margaux 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/58460 .Margaux is the largest AOC on the Medoc peninsular and the home of 18 cru classe in the famous 1855 classification although Chateau Tayac is not one of them but a Cru Bourgeois estate. There are 37 hectares and it has been owned by the Portet family ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cotes du Rhone Rose le Petit Coquet Chaume Arnaud 2007

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    Listing this for the 2012. Read More

    Wine review by Heather B


  • Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château du Jaunay 2011

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    Very fruity noseyou can get tropical (banana, mango), citrus, and stone fruit hints. On the tongue the initial sensation is similar fruitiness. Fortunately, some stiff acids efficiently remove the sweetness sensation and provide a very refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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