France

French 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!

France

  • Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2018

    Product Code: ELS118

    Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2018

    “A benchmark, far better than most Chablis from the huge co-operatives: cool and oyster-shell fresh in the mouth, excellent concentration and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Olivier Fichet, Macon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2018

    Product Code: FIC518

    Domaine Olivier Fichet, Macon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2018

    “Olivier Fichet’s unoaked Chardonnay comes from three plots of vines - some very old - in the excellent terroir of the northern Mâconnais near...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2019

    Product Code: ROS119

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2019

    “The latest vintage of this Loire classic from the Cherrier family in Verdigny is as crisp and bright as ever. Silky Loire Sauvignon Blanc, more about...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2018

    Product Code: MEY318

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2018

    “Here there’s a perfect balance between the classic rose-petal aromatics, exotic fruit and spice of the Gewurztraminer grape. Full bodied and...”

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    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2019

    Product Code: FRR119

    Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2019

    “Ripe, almost lightly honeyed scents, and then attractive flavours of citrus and dairy. One can sense the characteristic Chablis stoniness, but...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Gris, 2019

    Product Code: MEY219

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Gris, 2019

    “A little richer than usual in this vintage: sandalwood aroma prefaces a lightly savoury, textured palate. Off-dry, this makes a lovely aperitif....”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2019

    Product Code: MEY119

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2019

    “A perennial, organic favourite which makes a lovely aperitif but can also be drunk with a wide range of food. Appley scent; and that fits with a...”

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    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2019

    Product Code: GRC619

    Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2019

    “The addition of about 20% Sémillon to the ripe Bordeaux Sauvignon adds pleasing fat and moderates the grassy Sauvignon character. Herbaceous aroma....”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Blanc, Veillee d’Equinoxe, 2019

    Product Code: DGA619

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Blanc, Veillee d’Equinoxe, 2019

    “An unoaked blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 25% each of Roussanne and Vermentino, plus 10% Macabeu. Stone fruited aromas follow onto the palate, rich and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2019

    Product Code: BLA119

    Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2019

    “The Blanchet’s wine is so authentic, true to the appellation, with real bite and stony character, and always at a very fair price. You can tell...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Santenay Blanc 2016

    Product Code: CLB116

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Santenay Blanc 2016

    “A generous style; here the clay soils give real body. Quite fat and round.Citrus seems almost sweet and the finish is very incisive; maybe not...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine de la Chauvinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2019

    Product Code: HUC119

    Domaine de la Chauvinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2019

    “Muscadet, grown at the mouth of the Loire (where the climate isn’t that dissimilar to Cornwall) is the traditional French accompaniment to Atlantic...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2018

    Product Code: FON718

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2018

    “Half comes from an ancient (1908) complanted vineyard near Tautavel, largely holding Grenache Blanc and Gris plus a little Carignan Blanc, Muscat and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2019

    Product Code: AUM119

    Domaine de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2019

    “From organically farmed vines, this is a long-established best-seller here, admired for its overt fruitiness, which is particularly pronounced in the...”

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    Dry, Crisp

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Gros Manseng 2018

    Product Code: SAL318

    La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Gros Manseng 2018

    “Gros Manseng is, to be fair, one of the workhorse white grapes of the south-west of France, but handled correctly it has personality. There's a...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2019

    Product Code: FOR419

    Forges, Anjou Blanc, L'Audace, 2019

    “This is a wine from a humble appellation but ambitiously crafted: the vineyard is managed for low yields and quality, with short pruning, debudding,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Le Sartre, Pessac-Leognan Blanc, 2015

    Product Code: LES115

    Le Sartre, Pessac-Leognan Blanc, 2015

    “90% Sauvignon and 10% Semillon, barrel fermented and aged in a mix of new to 3 year old barrels, a classic white Bordeaux. Citrus and nut aromas,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2019

    Product Code: CRE119

    Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2019

    “Very open, citrus and pine scents. A touch more texture than usual, fresh and limey, with the merest saline note on the long finish. Picpoul is the...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

    Product Code: MET719

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

    “The unoaked Météore white has now reverted to its former name of Les Léonides. A blend of Vermentino (Rolle), Roussanne and Viognier, it’s...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2019

    Product Code: BEG219

    Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2019

    “This is a star barrel-fermented Chardonnay, from very low yields - less than half those in Burgundy. It develops beautifully, with ripe citrus and...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Limoux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • La Combe Saint-Paul, Calcaires d'Enserune, Languedoc, 2019

    Product Code: CSP419

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Calcaires d'Enserune, Languedoc, 2019

    “From halves of Roussanne and Vermentino (Rolle), grown on limestone soils, and just a little aged in old barrels. This wine shows a gentle aroma and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • La Combe Saint-Paul, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

    Product Code: CSP120

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

    “Unoaked, this Chardonnay shows peach, apricot and citrus fruit flavours. Ripe and textured but also fresh and crisp on the finish, it would not be...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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