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 Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe 2009
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 990.00
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Château Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estèphe 2005
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 690.00
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Domaine Antonin Guyon Chambolle Musigny Les Cras ... 2015
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 119.00
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Domaine Antonin Guyon Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ch ... 2012
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 109.00
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Domaine Nudant, Puligny-Montrachet AOC "Les Char ... 2015
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 105.00
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Domaine Hubert Lamy, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru AOC "Le ... 1983
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 69.00
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Château Pavie-Decesse, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015
Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 405.00
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Champagne Benoît Lahaye Blanc De Blancs
Champagne, France
Chardonnay
BGN 189.00
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Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) Saint-Emi ... 2010
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 1,090.00
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Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) Saint-Emi ... 2012
Bordeaux, France
Merlot
BGN 230.00
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Alain Jaume Domaine Grand Veneur Miocene 0.375m ... 2015
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 39.00
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Alain Jaume Domaine Grand Veneur Miocene Blanc 2016
Rhone Valley, France
Roussanne
BGN 59.00
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Domaine de Souch Jurançon Marie Kattalin 0.500ml 2014
Southwest France, France
Petit Manseng
BGN 79.00
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Tardieu-Laurent Hermitage Blanc 2017
Rhone Valley, France
Roussanne
BGN 119.00
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Félicette Grenache Rose 2019
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grenache
BGN 18.90
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Розе Сира-Каберне Екилибр 2019
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Syrah
BGN 16.40
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Château des Sarrins Rouge Côtes de Provence 2014
Provence, France
Grenache
BGN 44.90
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Champagne Benoît Lahaye Brut Nature
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 83.00
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AR Lenoble Champagne Rosé Terroirs
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 85.00
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Gevrey Chambertin 2016
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 119.00
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Riesling Lieu dit Buehl 2012
Alsace, France
Riesling
BGN 58.00
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Château Pavie, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2015
Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon
BGN 1,050.00
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Pierre Breton Les Perrières 2014
Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc
BGN 69.00
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Pierre Breton Beaux Monts 2017
Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc
BGN 39.00
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Champagne Benoît Lahaye Violaine
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 179.00
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Petit Chablis 2018
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 32.00
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaill ... 2018
Burgundy, France
Chardonnay
BGN 55.00
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Tardieu-Laurent Bandol 2017
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 65.00
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Le Chêne Marchand Pascal Jolivet 2018
Loire Valley, France
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 55.00
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Domaine Bernard Defaix Rully 1er Cru Chapitre Ro ... 2018
Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 139.00
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Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2017
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 45.00
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Cuvée Claude Vallot AOC Vinsobres 2015
Rhone Valley, France
Grenache
BGN 46.20
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Equinoxe Cabernet Syrah 2017
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Syrah
BGN 25.90
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Pascal Jolivet Attitude Pinot Noir 2019
Loire, France
Pinot Noir
BGN 26.49
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Sancerre Les Caillottes Pascal Jolivet 2018
Loire Valley, France
Sauvignon Blanc
BGN 46.90
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Кап О Ларж Розе Кот де Прованс 2019
Provence, France
Grenache
BGN 20.00

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.