French White Wines

France offers the most varied selection of white wines of any country in the world: it’s all in the geography, and the complex matrix of north-south and east-west.

It’s not just a matter of the north being cool and the south hot; it’s the difference between maritime influenced climates to the west and continental climates to the east.

For example, despite being far north Alsace is surprisingly dry - Strasbourg is the second driest city in France after Perpignan! - protected as it is by the Vosges mountains to the west, and enjoys a pretty hot summer. By contrast Bordeaux, right on the bay of Biscay, can be on the receiving end of weather not dissimilar to Cornwall. Then there are regions cooled by proximity to mountains - Jurancon and Limoux, for example, both just north of the Pyrenees; and there’s the really hot zone along the Med in the arc from Marseille to Perpignan.

On the whole each region of France has its own cluster of grape varieties, best suited to its climate and soils: for example the Loire has Sauvignon Blanc grown in the eastern vineyards on calcareous soils, Chenin Blanc in the middle on tufa, and Melon de Bourgogne on the granitic vineyards of Muscadet. Bordeaux has Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; Burgundy, Chardonnay; and in Alsace there is a bunch of grapes which are also grown in neighbouring Germany and Northern Italy: Pinot Gris (Grigio), Pinot Blanc (Bianco), Gewurtztraminer, plus Riesling. Throughout the Rhône valley, Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon the best results are with grapes able to take the summer heat: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rolle (Vermentino) and Macabeu. (Where Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are planted in the south the results tend, with few exceptions, to be poor). Then there are all sorts of weird and wonderful white grapes grown in the outlying areas, such as south-west France (Petit and Gros Manseng among others), Savoie and Jura.

When one considers that many of these wines come in unoaked and oaked styles, the diversity is breathtaking!

Antoine et Laurent Robin, Chablis Grand Cru, Blanchots 2020

Blanchots is the sole south-east facing Grand Cru, giving a longer ripening season – arguably...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV %

Bottle75cl

CodeROB620

GrapeChardonnay

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2020

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2020

From two parcels, one planted in 1954 and the other in 1982, in this west-facing 1er Cru, which...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV %

Bottle75cl

CodeROB420

GrapeChardonnay

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Chablis 2020

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Chablis 2020

From vines averaging 45 years old (the earliest planted in 1954), on a vineyard facing the 1er...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV %

Bottle75cl

CodeROB220

GrapeChardonnay

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Lequin-Colin Bourgogne Chardonnay Back to the Roots 2020

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Lequin-Colin Bourgogne Chardonnay Back to the Roots 2020

100% barrel fermented, with 10% new oak; and given regular lees stirring to develop texture and...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV 12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEQ520

GrapeChardonnay

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Domaine Lagneau, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, 2021

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Domaine Lagneau, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, 2021
Domaine Lagneau, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, 2021

Pure Chardonnay but so different from a crisp Mâcon grown on calcareous soils; on the granitic...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBeaujolais

ColourWhite

ABV12.9%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAG521

GrapeChardonnay

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Clos de L’Amandaie, AOP Languedoc, Amandaie Blanc, 2020

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Clos de L’Amandaie, AOP Languedoc, Amandaie Blanc, 2020

This is a blend of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne which has spent ten months aged on its...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLA220

GrapeGrenache Blanc & Roussanne

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, L’Impatiente, 2020

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, L’Impatiente, 2020

From younger vines on the lower slopes (so more clay) near the cellar, all in tank. Lightly...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionVezelay

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLCM120

GrapeChardonnay

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, L’ Elegante, 2020

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, L’ Elegante, 2020

From vines near the top of the slope, so over more limestone; about 75% in stainless steel, 25%...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionVezelay

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLCM320

GrapeChardonnay

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, La Voluptuese, 2019

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La Croix Montjoie, Vezelay, La Voluptuese, 2019

From the estate’s oldest vines on a southwestfacing slope, all in barrel, 20% new and the...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionVezelay

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLCM519

GrapeChardonnay

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Petit Chablis 2020

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Antoine et Laurent Robin, Petit Chablis 2020

From vines with an average age of 30-40 years, planted on the Portlandian plateau, a bright and...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV 12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROB120

GrapeChardonnay

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Clotilde Davenne, Bourgogne Aligote 2020

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Clotilde Davenne, Bourgogne Aligote 2020

From 85 year old vines grown on clay-limestone slopes at Les Rosiers near Saint-Bris-le-Vineux,...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLO620

GrapeAligoté

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Clotilde Davenne, Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre, Tres Vielles Vignes 2020

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Clotilde Davenne, Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre, Tres Vielles Vignes 2020

Again from St Bris, 75 year old Chardonnay vines on Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soils yielding...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLO820

GrapeChardonnay

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