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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Michel Picard

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

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France on Snooth

  • St.-Cosme Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    This was from a 1.5 liter bottle and the difference was amazing. I really didn't like the regular bottling very much, but this was richer, black & blueberry fruit, spice, a touch of gaminess, earth and easy going tannins combine with good acidity to finish up. Not their best but good with food. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de Pouy Cotes de Gascogne 2015

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    Crisp white with a hint of sweetness...just a hint. Screw top, great price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Chateau Siran Margaux 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine during my trip to Bordeaux back in May. Chateau Siran was the first chateau we were taken to on our tour of the vineyards of Bordeaux.We got to taste all of their wines and the Grande wine Chateau Siran was easily the best of the bunch so I bought myself a bottle.Margaux is an appellation created in 1938,although the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Rouget Red Bordeaux Blend Pomerol 2011

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    Lengthy with good dark berry fruit, a unique spice note, mocha, sweet dark cherry tannins and good acidity. Drink or hold - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • DM, have to agree with the quality of Tannat from France vs. here statement although I do have a small vertical of Tablas Creek Tannat in the wine closet ('12, '13 & '14) that I'm looking forward to sampling in a couple years. Tannat is definitely known for its massive tannins and should only get better with some age.Adding to the weird Wednesda... Read More

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  • Tannat's better in France, but then I think that about Cahors vs. Argentina for Malbec, too. Though even in France it's not always easy to find good ones. Has been some demand for the last decade or two since its health benefits have been touted, but it's basically just grown south of Bordeaux towards Spain and its limited market hasn't forced c... Read More

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  • Antonin Rodet Red Burgundy 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special offer at £12.Antonin Rodet is a large and well known Buirgundy house and this is one of their more basic cuvees I started it last night with my steak supper.There is plenty of a soft cherry and raspberry style fruit but it is not particularly full bodied although unobs... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran 2011

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    Interesting wine. I get no fruit at all on the tip of my tongue. I do get some pretty serious tannin mid- to rear-palate. Im very OK with the lack of fruitit does taste like real wine. However, this wine seems to have no complexity, and, at the risk of being completely pretentious, no soul. On the other hand, its darned inexpensive. So, wh... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Shatter Grenache 2012

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    Excellent effort. Higher than most in alc.this does however, have plenty of fruit, spiciness and vanilla that lead to juicy acidity and smallish tannins. Not built for long term aging, drink through 2019 - 91 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine la Croix Montjoie l'Impatiente Bourgogne Vézelay 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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