The best wines of France

Discover the best wines of France as well as the best winemakers of France and estates of France to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in France and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of France by region

Looking for a good wine of France among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of France. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of France with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of France

Red wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, veal or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of beef in irish sauce, veal tagine with potatoes and olives or rabbit and mushroom gibelotte.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of France

On the nose the red wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of vanilla, balsamic or underbrush and sometimes also flavors of sandalwood, pomegranate or mocha. In the mouth the red wine of the region of France. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in red wine of France

  • 1965 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1960 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1921 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1942 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1924 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1963 With an average score of 4.79/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of France

  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grenache

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of France

A wine route planned in the region of France? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of France.

Discovering the wine region of France

France, home of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, is arguably the world's largest wine-producing country. For centuries, it has produced more wine - and apparently better quality - than any other country. Wine is embedded in French culture at almost every level of society; it is the drink of the elite and the common people, and a key symbol of Roman Catholicism, the majority religion in France. However, the lasting appeal of French wine is not necessarily its Volume or prestige, but rather the variety of styles available.

Consumer preferences have Evolved over the centuries, encouraging the development of New wine styles based on the Terroir and Grape varieties available to French winemakers. Red, white, rosé, Sweet, Dry, sparkling, opulent, austere, mineral, fruity - French vineyards have produced wines that fit each of these descriptors. The diversity of French wines is due, in part, to the country's wide variety of climates. Champagne, its northernmost region, has one of the coolest climates in the wine world, in stark contrast to the hot, dry Rhone Valley, 560 km to the Southeast.

Bordeaux, in the southwest, has a maritime climate strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and by the various rivers that weave their way through its vineyards. Far from any oceanic influence, eastern regions such as Burgundy and Alsace have a continental climate, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. In the deep south of France, Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon have a definite Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot summers and relatively mild winters. Geology and topography play an equally important role in the diversity of French wines.

Great white wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of France

White wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of pasta, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or shellfish such as recipes of pasta with trout and goat cheese, my godmother's salmon and potatoes or violet omelette.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of France

On the nose the white wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, stone fruit or flint and sometimes also flavors of hazelnut, vegetal or butterscotch. In the mouth the white wine of the region of France. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of France

  • 2017 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1981 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1987 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1989 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1988 With an average score of 4.75/5
  • 1998 With an average score of 4.75/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of France

  • Chardonnay

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of France

A wine route planned in the region of France? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of France.

Discover the grape variety: Grolleau

Grolleau noir is a grape variety that originated in France (Loire Valley). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by large bunches of grapes of medium size. Grolleau noir can be found in several vineyards: Loire Valley, South West, Cognac, Bordeaux, Provence & Corsica, Rhone Valley, Armagnac, Languedoc & Roussillon.

Great sparkling wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of France

Sparkling wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or shellfish such as recipes of pork stew with bacon and cream, tartiflette with smoked salmon or pike quenelles with lobster bisque sauce.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of France

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of cream, walnut or jam and sometimes also flavors of red fruit, cherry or chocolate. In the mouth the sparkling wine of the region of France. is a powerful with a nice vivacity and a fine and pleasant bubble.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of France

  • 1962 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1976 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1966 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1969 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.76/5
  • 2001 With an average score of 4.75/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of France

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Meunier

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of France

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The word of the wine: Load shedding

Unlike pumping over, the liquid part is completely removed from the tank before being poured over the marc. This allows for a better mixing of the solid particles and the juice.

Great pink wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of France

Pink wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, shellfish or vegetarian such as recipes of ultra-simple honey roast pork, shrimp risotto with curry or quiche without pastry.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of France

On the nose the pink wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of cream, toasty or vegetal and sometimes also flavors of pink grapefruit, watermelon or wood smoke. In the mouth the pink wine of the region of France. is a with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in pink wine of France

  • 2018 With an average score of 4.31/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.31/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.29/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.28/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.27/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of France

  • Grenache
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cinsault
  • Vermentino
  • Merlot
  • Tibouren

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of France

A wine route planned in the region of France? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of France.

Discover the grape variety: Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot noir is a grape variety that originated in France (southwest). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches and small grapes. Petit Verdot noir can be found in several vineyards: South-West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Rhone valley, Provence & Corsica, Loire valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais, Armagnac.

Great sweet wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of France

Sweet wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of fruity desserts, blue cheese or beef such as recipes of the coughing cat's apple crumble, leek and gorgonzola pie or shepherd's pie (potatoes, beef, carrots, bacon).

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of France

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, tree fruit or toasted almonds and sometimes also flavors of non oak, earth or microbio. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of France. is a powerful with a good balance between acidity and sweetness.

The best vintages in sweet wine of France

  • 1904 With an average score of 5.00/5
  • 1972 With an average score of 5.00/5
  • 1948 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1942 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1937 With an average score of 4.87/5
  • 1964 With an average score of 4.80/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of France

  • Sémillon
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Grenache
  • Muscadelle
  • Pinot Noir

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of France

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The word of the wine: Cellar

A place for storing and ageing wines in bottles. This term designates both the cellar of a private individual and that of a restaurant. It is also a store dedicated to the retail sale of wine.

Great natural sweet wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of France

Natural sweet wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of beef stew with white wine, marinated lamb chops (honey, worcestershire sauce, olive oil) or chicken tikka massala.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of France

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of France. often reveals types of flavors of vanilla, quince or pear and sometimes also flavors of lemon, raspberry or jam.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of France

  • 1984 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1960 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1965 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1941 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1940 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1998 With an average score of 4.50/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of France

  • Grenache
  • Grenache Gris
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Mourvedre
  • Muscat of Alexandria

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of France

A wine route planned in the region of France? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of France.

Discover the grape variety: Vermentino

The vermentino grape variety was widespread in Italy, Sardinia and Corsica. Today, Vermentino is grown in the regions bordering the Mediterranean, mainly in Provence (Côtes de Provence, Bellet), Corsica (Corse Calvi), Languedoc (Côtes du Roussillon, Costières de Nîmes) and the Rhône Valley (Côtes du Luberon). Because it ripens late, Vermentino requires a warm climate for its development and can only be grown in regions with good sun exposure. Conversely, cold or temperate climates do not allow it to ripen properly. Vermentino is only susceptible to powdery mildew. When vinified on its own, Vermentino produces a single-variety dry white wine that is light and full-bodied with a pale yellow color. It can also be blended with other grape varieties such as Ugni Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache, in which case its low acidity makes it light and fresh. Vermentino belongs to the grape varieties of Ajaccio, Corsica and Corbières. The aromas released by this variety are multiple. One can detect notes of fresh apple, green almond, sweet spices, hawthorn, ripe pear and fresh pineapple.

Great unknow wines of France

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Food and wine pairing with a unknow wine of France

Unknow wines from the region of France go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or veal such as recipes of beef bourguignon in the oven of nanou, pasta with shrimp or veal simmered with vegetables.

The best vintages in unknow wine of France

  • 2013 With an average score of 4.01/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 3.84/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 3.83/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 3.65/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 3.60/5

The most used grape varieties in unknow wine of France

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grenache
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot

The best wineries and winemakers for unknow wine of France

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News from the vineyard of France

International Beaujolais Nouveau Day

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Distilled: Biodynamic whisky takes centre stage

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World wine production to fall in 2021 as extreme weather hits Europe

World wine production in 2021 is set to fall by 4% versus last year, to around 250 million hectolitres (mhl), equal to 25bn litres and close to the historic low witnessed in 2017, the International Organisation for Vine & Wine (OIV) has estimated. Its figures are preliminary, but they highlight the ‘severe impact’ of ‘adverse climatic conditions’ on the 2021 vintage in parts of Europe, said OIV director-general Paul Roca during a virtual press conference. Europe’s big ...