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, 2016

    Product Code: ELS116

    Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2016

    “A benchmark, far better than most co-op Chablis: excellent concentration and correctly lactic. Now-2020”

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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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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 2015

    Product Code: CLB215

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 2015

    “From a very calcareous site, and given 10-15% new oak. Excellent concentration of ripe citrus, cream and oatmeal, but more precise than the Santenay....”

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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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  • Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets, 2015

    Product Code: LEQ315

    Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets, 2015

    “We offer this vintage after vintage as it combines honeyed and juicy flavour with the mineral raciness of a very stony "cailloux" vineyard:...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Olivier Fichet, Macon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2016

    Product Code: FIC516

    Domaine Olivier Fichet, Macon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2016

    “Young Olivier Fichet’s unoaked Chadonnay comes from his 6 hectares of vines in the excellent terroir of the northern Mâconnais near Viré. This...”

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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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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2015

    Product Code: BDU115

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2015

    “White Bordeaux of this class is so under-rated now. The charmingly gruff M. Perromat at Beauregard Ducasse only bottles 1,000 cases of this top...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Eichberg, 2015

    Product Code: MEY515

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Eichberg, 2015

    “From the very hot 2015 vintage, an opulent (32 grams of residual sugar) and concentrated wine, mid gold, showing tropical fruit married with peppery...”

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    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2017

    Product Code: ROS117

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2017

    “François and Jean-Marie are now in charge of the family’s 14 hectares of vineyards on the sweeping slopes at Verdigny. This is the latest vintage...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2015

    Product Code: CLB315

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2015

    “Champlots lies on a south west facing slope above the hamlet of Gamay with calcareous soils that imbue its wines with a definite mineral edge....”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2016

    Product Code: MEY316

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2016

    “A perfect balance between rose-petal aromatics, exotic fruit and spice. Full bodied and flavoursome (13 grams of residual sugar), this is great with...”

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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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  • André Kientzler, Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg, 2007

    Product Code: KIE607

    André Kientzler, Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg, 2007

    “From a steeply sloping and south-east facing site above the village of Ribeauvillé, a steely, linear and very persistent dry Riesling. Now-2019”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2017

    Product Code: TAL117

    Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2017

    “A Mâcon benchmark, a wine with a loyal following, always offering generous weight, texture, and subtle tropical fruit. Now-2020”

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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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  • Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Charrières, 2016

    Product Code: LEQ116

    Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Charrières, 2016

    “From very old, low yielding vines located 100 metres below the Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru; around 25% new oak is used. Intense citrus with toasty...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2016

    Product Code: FRR116

    Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2016

    “From a brother and sister team; ripe, almost lightly honeyed scents, and then completely consistent flavours of citrus and dairy. A stony and juicy...”

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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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  • Saumaize-Michelin, St-Véran, 2015

    Product Code: SAU815

    Saumaize-Michelin, St-Véran, 2015

    “Fermented half in tank, half in barrel. Ripe and generous stone fruit followed by refreshing citrus, this is well rounded and finishes with a steely,...”

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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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  • René Lequin-Colin, Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2011

    Product Code: LEQ011

    René Lequin-Colin, Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru, 2011

    “South facing, high on the hill overlooking Aloxe-Corton. Already expressive, with big floral and vanilla aromas. Fresh cream and ripe pear heart;...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Blanc, Clos Rochette, 2016

    Product Code: FAJ126

    Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Blanc, Clos Rochette, 2016

    “Clos Rochette is a solely owned vineyard. With 20% fermented in new barrels and 80% in stainless steel, this shows clean oak accents and lively...”

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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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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Gris, 2016

    Product Code: MEY216

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Gris, 2016

    “A little richer than usual in this vintage: sandalwood aroma prefaces a lightly savoury, textured palate. Off-dry, a perfect partner to south-east...”

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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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  • Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche, 2015

    Product Code: SAU415

    Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche, 2015

    “From south facing vines at 380m on the lower slopes of the Roche de Vergisson: toasty nose, good concentration of fruit on the palate with marmalade...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2016

    Product Code: MEY116

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2016

    “A perennial favourite, a bright mouthful of apples and pears: a delicious aperitif, fractionally off dry with just 7 grams of residual sugar. Now-2019”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras Blanc, Cuvee Laura, 2015

    Product Code: COW615

    Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras Blanc, Cuvee Laura, 2015

    “A rarity, as so little white Vacqueyras is made, and Guy Ricard at Couroulu only produces about 1,200 bottles. From Viognier and Roussanne in old oak...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2010

    Product Code: CDP310

    Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2010

    “A thrilling wine; using all the permitted varieties, picked late for a fat, tropically fruited style which becomes increasingly mineral and complex...”

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    Dry, Full Bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Domaine Sainte Barbe, Macon-Villages, Les Tilles, 2016

    Product Code: SAB116

    Domaine Sainte Barbe, Macon-Villages, Les Tilles, 2016

    “From a vineyard near Montbellet in the northern Mâconnais, planted in the late 1960s on oolitic limestone soil, and tended bio-dynamically by young...”

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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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