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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

    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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

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France on Snooth

  • Chateau de Chantegrive Caroline Blanc 2015

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    A beautiful Fall day in Vancouver BC suggested Provencal at Chez Meme followed by wine in the nearby park with very old and dear friends. Chantegrive Blanc 2015 seemed up to the challenge with toasty oak and pear on the nose followed by soft oak, pear, gooseberry and lemon grass on the palate - which lingered long and with great satisfaction to... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Puygueraud Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Francs 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/11944 for £10. The Cotes de Francs appellation in Bordeaux was created in 1967 although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the 11th century for both red and white wines [although most are red ] from the three communes of Francs [after which the appellatio... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Thauvenay Sancerre 2016

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    Classic SB aeromatics with lots of minerally acid. Tasty. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Chateau la Liquiere Cistus Faugeres Blanc 2015

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    The Cistus (which is named for a white, perfumed Mediterranean flower) Faugeres Blanc is a wild, spicy, perfume bomb - smelling of hot, white subtropical flowers; on the palate, there is a spicy, hot cinnamon (the Vermetino effect) finish which would diminish with some aging, but the wine is satisfying and tasty with orange peel and tropical fr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Saint-Veran 'Les Charmones' 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local shop [www.boroughwines.co.uk] for £12. Saint Veran is an appellation created in 1931, although viticulture has been carried out in the area since at least the Romans, for white wines made of the chardonnay grape from 8 communes in the southern part of the Maconais region of Burgundy. Some of the communes... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016

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    Very pretty wine, plumish in color and nicely pure. When first opened the syrah was front and center with lots of blue and black fruit finishing with some acid and some noticable tannin. With air the grenache stepped forward and offered some cherry with a soft finish. This is the third vintage of this wine I've drank and if you enjoy cotes du rh... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Blanc 2015

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    The 2015 edition of the Argadens Blanc has a rich, spicy star and passion fruit nose with a hint of Sauvignon Blanc smoke and grass; on the palate, there is tropical fruit on a smooth, rainwater finish. Less depth than 2014, but perhaps easier drinking... excellent value. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Les Capitans' Julienas 2001

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/123513. Julienas is an appellation created in 1938 for red wines from around the village of that name in the north of the Beaujolais region some 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru' Beaujolais appellations.Julienas is named after Julius Ceasa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Lilian Ladouys St. Estephe 2012

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    True to the 2012 vintage overall - especially for the Medoc - this wine has a bright cherry nose and colour (glass rim), and is deliciously modest in offerings of black cherry, a hint of less-than-sweet vanilla, perhaps, and oaken wood staves. Finish is medium with youthful tannin. Best for early drinking with light meats. 87. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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