French wines

France is perhaps the most famous wine-producing country in the world. Many of her wines are models that other winemakers try to emulate.

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Château Mouton Rothschild Premier Cru Classé, Pa ... 2009
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 2,400.00
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Château Mouton Rothschild Premier Cru Classé, Pa ... 2010
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 2,300.00
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Château Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien 2014
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 199.00
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Domaine Antonin Guyon Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ch ... 2015
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 122.90
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Domaine Antonin Guyon Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les F ... 2015
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 109.00
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Patrick Clerget, Chassagne-Montrachet AOP Rouge 2013
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 68.90
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Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Saint-Emilion Grand ... 2010
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 340.00
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Château Pavie-Decesse, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 405.00
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Château Boyd-Cantenac, Margaux 2014
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 119.00
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Château Figeac Premier Grand Cru Classé de Saint ... 2012
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 349.00
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Château Troplong Mondot, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2008
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 264.00
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Cote Rotie AOC 2014
Rhone Valley, France
Syrah
BGN 104.00
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Domaine Fournier Pouilly-Fume AOC 2016
Loire Valley, France
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 47.00
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Rully Rouge 2017
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 49.00
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Félicette Grenache Rose 2019
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grenache
BGN 18.90
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Champagne Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 104.90
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Champagne Yann Alexandre Grand Reserve Brut Prem ...
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 89.90
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Champagne Benoît Lahaye Rosé de Macération
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 101.90
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Riesling Lieu dit Buehl 2012
Alsace, France
Riesling
BGN 69.90
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Champagne Benoît Lahaye Le Jardin De La Grosse P ...
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 178.90
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Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Roche Roulée 2017
Alsace, France
Pinot Gris
BGN 45.00
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Rully 1er Cru Rabourcé Bl ... 2017
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 55.90
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Розе Ла Минюет БИО Домейн Гайда, Лангедок 2020
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grenache
BGN 18.90
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Vins et Passions Ex Voto Ermitage 2009
Rhone Valley, France
Syrah
BGN 1,199.90
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Ventoux Terrasses Rouge, Château Pesquie 2019
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 25.90
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Champagne Bruno Paillard Nec Plus Ultra 1999
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 599.00
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La Côte-Négly 2018
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Blend
BGN 25.50
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Pascal Jolivet Attitude Pinot Noir 2019
Loire, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 29.90
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Château Penin Tradition Bordeaux Supérieur 2016
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 21.90
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Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Réserve Albert Bichot
Burgundy, France
Blend
BGN 32.90
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Côtes du Rhône Rose Wine Vintages 2019 2019
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 25.80
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Chablis La Chablisienne 2017
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 34.90
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Sauvignon blanc La Poule Blanche 2018
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 13.90
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Taittinger Prestige Rose Brut NV
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 110.00
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Chateau Haut Peyrat Bordeaux Superior Prelude 2016
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 23.90
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Deutz Brut Rose NV
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 119.00

France is perhaps the most famous wine-producing country in the world. Many of her wines are models that other winemakers try to emulate. The climate in most of its areas, especially in the north, is cold and humid, which makes the full ripening of the grapes quite difficult - on average this happens in 2 to 4 vintages for every 10 years. This is especially important as information for collector and investment wines, as at least 3 of its wine regions are key for wine investors. France allows the addition of sugar (a process called chaptalization) during fermentation, when the harvest is poor and the grapes cannot accumulate enough sugars naturally. The country is the largest wine producer in the world, although it leads by very little ahead of Italy and is often displaced by it depending on the vintage. The largest does is not usually associated with quality but France managed to bask for hundreds of years in the reputation of being the world's greatest producer of wines as well. Today, that reputation is being rivalled by other wine-growing nations on four continents, and the French wine industry is facing new challenges. Still one can say that it continues to provide the world's greatest wines, produced on estates with perfect conditions and centuries of wine growing tradition. For those who know how to choose, and know something about wines, France still offers some of the greatest wines, with the greatest variety, and for those who know where to find it, even sometimes excellent value for money.

What are the varieties and regions in France?
France remains one of the best wine producers, with wines of all styles and quality levels coming from hundreds of unique names (appellations) across the country. It is divided into specific regions, each with established and strictly regulated varieties of grapes in the vineyards and the typical taste profile of the produced wine. Some of these varieties find new home around the world in other wine-growing regions, the most common and popular are the big six - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah. And of course their native lands are also the most famous regions (appellations) in the world and the wines are always in demand - from amateurs to connoisseurs-collectors. These are Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Provence - the latter has gained fame mainly recently thanks to its fine, pale and light pink rosè - a worldwide hit.  

How to choose a good French wine?
French wine requires more knowledge and can be difficult for a novice wine lover to choose from. An additional complication is the difficult orientation in the labels - what is what, because traditionally the regions are written on them, not the varieties from which the wine is made. So if you don't know that Chablis wines are made only from Chardonnay, you'll miss the bottle, even though your favorite variety may be just that. However, these difficulties become easier when the variety is associated with the region - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, Syrah from the Rhone Valley and so on. Another important point is that in France wines are usually made from blends - that is, several varieties are mixed in the final wine. An exception to this rule is Burgundy, where white wine is made in its mass from Chardonnay, and red - from Pinot Noir. There are two other small appellations which we have to mention here due to their wide recognition and fame - Sancerre (the very typical French Sauvignon Blanc wine) and Chablis (the famous Chardonnay wine from France). In any case if you feel it difficult and complicated - just ask one of Seewines’ experts and he or she will be more than happy to guide you through.