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 fro the huge co-ops: cool and oyster-shell fresh in the mouth, excellent concentration and correctly...”

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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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  • Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets, 2016

    Product Code: LEQ316

    Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Les Caillerets, 2016

    “We offer this vintage after vintage as it combines honeyed and juicy flavour with the mineral raciness of a very stony vineyard. The name of this 1er...”

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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, 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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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2016

    Product Code: BDU116

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2016

    “Jacque Perromat’s top white, 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon, all in new barrels. Fascinating and generous palate of lime with cream, beeswax and...”

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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, 2017

    Product Code: MEY517

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Eichberg, 2017

    “This Grand Cru is always opulent - with about 40 grams of residual sugar - but also delivers remarkable concentration, stone fruit and hints of spice...”

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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, 2018

    Product Code: ROS118

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2018

    “The latest vintage of this Loire classic from the Cherrier family in Verdigny is as crisp and bright as ever, despite the unusual summer heat....”

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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, 2016

    Product Code: CLB316

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2016

    “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

    “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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  • Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2018

    Product Code: TAL118

    Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2018

    “A Mâcon benchmark, a wine with a loyal following, always offering generous weight, texture, and subtle citrus and tropical fruit. Now-2021”

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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 Fourrey, Chablis, 2018

    Product Code: FRR118

    Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2018

    “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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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2018

    Product Code: MEY118

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2018

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

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2018

    Product Code: GRC618

    Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2018

    “Including about 20% Sémillon. Grassy aroma. Limey freshness, but also well-rounded and with a custard creaminess. Now-mid 2020”

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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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  • Clos les Montys, Vieilles Vignes 1914, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2017

    Product Code: HUC317

    Clos les Montys, Vieilles Vignes 1914, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2017

    “From a vineyard planted in 1914 on a well sited plot of sandstone over amphibolite soils, this is a Muscadet with a completely unfamiliar depth and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 1er Cru Côte de Lechet, 2017

    Product Code: FRR717

    Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 1er Cru Côte de Lechet, 2017

    “Jean-Luc and Marie-Jo Fourrey, The brother and sister team here, make this from six different plots in this steep and perfectly aligned south-east...”

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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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  • Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2018

    Product Code: BLA118

    Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2018

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

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Silice, 2018

    Product Code: BLA218

    Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Silice, 2018

    “From a small block on very flinty soils in the heart of the appellation, this is an intense and ageworthy wine. Smelling of citrus peel and hawthorn...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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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, 2018

    Product Code: HUC118

    Domaine de la Chauvinière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, 2018

    “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 Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2017

    Product Code: FON717

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Blanc, 2017

    “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, 2018

    Product Code: AUM118

    Domaine de l'Aumonier, Touraine Sauvignon, 2018

    “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 Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Château Pierre-Bise, Les Rouannières, Coteaux du Layon, Beaulieu, 2014

    Product Code: CPB514

    Château Pierre-Bise, Les Rouannières, Coteaux du Layon, Beaulieu, 2014

    “From a vineyard on thin soil over spilite at this famed estate. Mid gold. Rich, but not over-sweet, with tangy citrus cutting the mandarin and lychee...”

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    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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