France

Regions

France is one of the largest wine producers in the world and French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times.

Two concepts central French wines are the notion of “terroir”, which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) system.

Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France’s several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

France is the source of many well known grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries.

Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a decline in domestic consumption, while internationally, it has had to compete with the increased success of many new world wines.

 

Alsace

Alsace in the north east of France is adjacent to Germany and has two possible natural borders from it – the Rhine river and Vosges…

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Ardeche

The Ardeche is situated in the South East of France where the famous ‘Mistral’ wind starts and has a long history of wine production, vines…

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Beaujolais

Beaujolais is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the north of the Rhône département of the Rhône-Alpes region and southern areas of the…

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is renowned for its claret but the white wines produced there should not be overlooked. Focusing on their reds, Bordeaux AC & Superieur are…

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Cahors

Cahors lies deep in the southwest between Bordeaux and Languedoc, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs. Here the Lot River slowly snakes its way along…

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Chablis

The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of Burgundy, lying about 10 miles east of Auxerre in the Yonne, situated roughly halfway between the…

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Champagne

Champagne lies at the highest northern latitude of any major wine region (excepting those in England) but its positioning relative to the mild westerly winds…

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Corbieres

Corbières is the largest AOC in Languedoc producing almost half of the AC wines there. The AOC was created in 1985, covering 13,500 ha. 95%…

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Cote de Provence

Côtes de Provence to the east of Marseille, west of Nice is a noted region and the biggest of Provence’s 8 AOC areas, accounting for…

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Languedoc

The Languedoc-Roussillon area of France runs inland along the Mediterranean coast from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. It is the…

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Loire

The Loire, as a wine region, incorporates many different and geographically diverse AOCs; from the famous Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Muscadet and Anjou spread out along…

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Maconnais

Mâconnais is a specific region within Burgundy, lying to the south of Cote d’Or and north of Beaujolais. It is best known for its white…

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Maury

Maury is located in Roussillon, granted its AOC in 1936 and is devoted to making sweet wines. Almost all wines are red, made from at…

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Minervois

Minervois is one of the more northerly AOCs in the Languedoc-Roussillon, located due east of the medieval town of Carcassonne. It covers over 5,000 ha and…

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Rhone

The Rhone Valley stretches from the Alps to the Mediterranean in the south east France It is diverse enough to be considered as two distinct…

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Aude

A department in south-central France that takes its name from the river Aude, as a wine region it encompasses other AC areas – Corbières, Fitou and…

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Côtes de Gascogne

The Côtes de Gascogne is a wine region in the south-west of France mainly located within the department of the Gers. Gascony itself does not…

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Products from this country

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    France

    Plenty of effort goes into producing this superb Chardonnay: night-time harvesting, optimum juice selection, must…

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  • Solas Viognier

    France

    « Solas » is the Irish for ‘light’ and in Old French means ‘joy’,…

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  • De Perriere Rosé

    France

    At the heart of Burgundy, a young man decided to embark in the wine…

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  • De Linieres Brut

    France

    De Linieres is the entry level label of Tribaut-Schloesser. It shares the same composition…

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  • Tribaut Brut Origine

    France

    Tribaut-Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the champagne region in Romery,…

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  • Tribaut Blanc de Blanc

    France

    Tribaut-Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the champagne region in Romery,…

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  • Tribaut Brut Millésime

    France

    Tribaut-Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the champagne region in Romery,…

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  • Tribaut La Cuvée René

    France

    Tribaut-Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the champagne region in Romery,…

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  • Tribaut Rosé

    France

    Tribaut-Schloesser was founded in 1929 in the heart of the champagne region in Romery,…

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  • H&B ‘Languedoc Blanc’

    France

    Carefully selected vines produce this unique and unusual blend of Languedoc's famous grape Picpoul and…

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  • Père et Fils Rosé

    France

    This blend of two red grapes delivers a delicate, dry and fresh rosé with…

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  • Solas Syrah

    France

    « Solas » is the Irish for ‘light’ and in Old French means ‘joy’,…

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  • H&B ‘Languedoc Rouge’

    France

    As a result of one year of tasting and selection, Languedoc Rouge is a blend…

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  • Clos la Coutale, Cahors

    France

    Malbec is the main grape in the legendary ‘Black wine of Cahors’. Way before…

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  • Côtes de Gascogne ‘Le Havre de Paix’

    France

    Le Havre de Paix - literally 'Safe Heaven' - evokes images of warmth and sunshine.…

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  • Aude ‘Le Havre de Paix’

    France

    Here Le Havre de Paix references the beautiful rolling hills, coastal lagoons and hills…

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  • Picpoul de Pinet ‘Domaine de la Serre’

    France

    A zesty and aromatic wine from the AC Picpoul de Pinet. Harvested at night…

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  • H&B Côtes de Provence Rosé

    France

    Grapes for H&B’s rosé are selected from the cooler parts of the upper Provence…

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  • Les Terrasses Grenache / Syrah Rose

    France

    “We are aiming for wine which has good fruit, an elegant palate and balance…

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  • Les Terrasses Merlot / Grenache

    France

    “We are aiming for wine which has good fruit, an elegant palate and balance…

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  • Les Terrasses Sauvignon / Grenache Blanc

    France

    “We are aiming for wine which has good fruit, an elegant palate and balance…

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  • Cuvée Orélie Sauvignon / Chardonnay

    France

    The vineyard is located in Southern Ardeche Southern, on Limestone soil and under the…

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  • Gris de Cabernet Rosé

    France

    A typically French rose, made from grapes from selected plots situated on hillsides and…

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  • Cave d’Estezargues, Coteaux du Pont du Gard

    France

    A full bodied and certified organic red from the southern Rhône region, this IGP…

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  • Cave d’Estézargues, Côtes du Rhône

    France

    A medium-full bodied blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvédre. Only natural…

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  • Chateau Fargueirol Chateauneuf du Pape

    France

    The characteristic terroir of Châteauneuf comes from a layer of stones called “galets” (pebbles).…

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  • Château de Comigne, Corbieres

    France

    Château de Comigne is blended from several grape varieties that will vary from vintage…

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  • H&B – Minervois

    France

    H&B Minervois expresses the sun-filled and spicy personality of Syrah in harmony with the…

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  • H&B ‘Maury’

    France

    Maury - a dark dessert wine - is made from very old and very…

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  • Le Bois de la Tour – Haut Poitou

    France

    Haut-Poitou lies a short distance to the south of the Loire Valley, near the…

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  • Les Volcans Chardonnay

    France

    Given the new interest in ‘Volcanic Wine’ it should be noted that Auverge is…

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  • Les Volcans Gamay/Pinot Noir

    France

    Given the new interest in ‘Volcanic Wine’ it should be noted that Auverge is…

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  • Sancerre – Domaine des Trois Noyers

    France

    Roger Reverdy’s small production winery, Domaine Trois Noyers, is based in the top village…

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  • Pouilly Fumé – Coteau des Girarmes

    France

    Pouilly Fume vies with its neighbour across the river, Sancerre, to make the most…

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  • Sancerre Rosé – Domaine des Trois Noyers

    France

    Roger Reverdy’s small production winery, Domaine Trois Noyers, is based in the top village…

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  • La Divatte ‘Sur Lie’ – Muscadet

    France

    The “La Divatte” cuvee is made from grapes grown on the left bank of…

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  • Chateau de Fesles, Chenin

    France

    Château de Fesles' Chenin is dry, full and opulent from its one month in oak…

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  • Chateau de Fesles, Bonnezeaux

    France

    Château de Fesles which is in the village of Thouarcé was built nearly 1000…

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  • Château de Fesles, Rosé d’Anjou

    France

    A blend of 30% Gamay and 70% Grolleau sourced from 50ha of vines in…

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  • Les Plantagenets – Saumur

    France

    Saumur Rouge is a charming, refreshing and relatively light wine, low in tannins, capable…

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  • Riesling ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Arthur Metz founded in 1904, is ideally placed at the northern end of Alsace.…

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  • Pinot Gris ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Pinot Gris is the French name for Pinot Grigio and in Alsace produces a…

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  • Gewüztraminer ’Caveau’ – Arthur Metz

    France

    Gewurztraminer is Alsace’s most distinctive grape variety, capable of producing many styles, from dry…

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  • Mâcon Villages ‘Clos de Condemine’

    France

    An unoaked, 100% Chardonnay with a classic Burgundian style. Domaine Roger Luquet is a…

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  • St. Véran ‘La Grande Bruyère’

    France

    Comprising several villages in the south of Macon and adjacent to Pouilly-Fuisse, St Veran…

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  • Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Cuvée Terroir’

    France

    Pouilly-Fuissé is the premium wine of Macon, 100% Chardonnay, with a reputation of making…

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  • Fleurie ‘La Madone’

    France

    A lighter style of cru Beaujolais, Fleurie is characterized by blossom-like red fruit and…

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  • Petit Chablis ‘Pas si Petit’

    France

    Pas si Petit, meaning “not so small”, is a Petit Chablis than is as…

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  • Chablis ‘La Pierrelée’

    France

    Chablis La Pierrelée (“The Stones”) references the soils of the region and the mineral…

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  • Chablis ‘Les Vénérables’ – Vieilles Vignes

    France

    Chablis Les Vénérables Vieilles Vignes is a "venerable" wine from 35 year old vines…

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  • Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

    France

      Beauroy is a Cru noted for a lighter style of Chablis from its…

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  • Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

    France

    Vaillons is separated from the better known Montmain by a thin 300m strip of…

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  • Château Anniche Bordeaux Blanc

    France

    A delicate and aromatic dry white Bordeaux with 75% Sémillon and 25% Sauvignon. The latter…

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  • Château Anniche Bordeaux Rouge

    France

    A rich and deep Bordeaux for any occasions. The fullness of the Merlot is…

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  • Château Haut-Roquefort, Cadillac

    France

    A Sauterne-style dessert wine from very old vines. Only grapes affected by 'noble rot' or botrytis…

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  • Médoc ‘Château Clair Moulin’

    France

    Château Clair Moulin is owned by Xavier Berrouet who produces a very traditional Medoc…

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  • Saint Émilion ‘Château La Pointe Bouquey’

    France

    Château La Pointe Bouquey is located in the heart of Saint-Emilion appellation.  Wine is…

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  • ‘Ronan by Clinet’ Bordeaux Rouge

    France

    Ronan by Clinet is made by the winemaking team at Pomerol’s celebrated Château Clinet,…

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  • Margaux ‘Cuvée Chappaz’

    France

    Cuvée Chappaz is a wine of Château Le Coteau is a small estate that…

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  • Puisseguin Saint Émilion ‘Château des Laurets’

    France

    Château des Laurets focuses on Merlot complemented by Cabernet Franc. The grapes are harvested…

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  • Lalande de Pomerol ‘Château Siaurac’

    France

    Ch Siaurac has as consultant iconic winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet (ex Pétrus - which lies…

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  • Pauillac – Château d’Armailhac

    France

    Owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild Château d’Armailhac is situated between Ch Mouton-Rothschild and…

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  • Pauillac – Château Clerc Milon

    France

    A wine with considerable ageing potential; powerful, fruity and full bodied, Château Clerc Milon…

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  • Sauterne ‘Château Dulong Reserve’

    France

    A great introduction to Sauterne from one of the leading Bordeaux houses. Harvested by…

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