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

  • Château Pierre-Bise, Savennières, Clos de Coulaine, 2014

    Product Code: CPB614

    Château Pierre-Bise, Savennières, Clos de Coulaine, 2014

    “Raised in a mix of old barrels and stainless steel tanks. Crafted in a deliberately lightly oxydised style - so this has a dry sherry-like accent -...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2016

    Product Code: ELS116

    Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2016

    “We have bought every vintage of Frédéric Prain’s Petit Chablis since 2001: testament to its quality and consistency. Pale and clear. Pure...”

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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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  • Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 2014

    Product Code: CLB214

    Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 2014

    “From a very calcareous site, and given 10-15% new oak. After the Santenay this seems the epitome of elegance! Fresh lime and green fruit, restrained....”

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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 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. Pure,...”

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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 Begude, Exotique, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2016

    Product Code: BEG316

    Domaine Begude, Exotique, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2016

    “Exotic indeed - an interloper (and strictly illegal in the region) grape, artfully indicated by discreet GV lettering, for the Austrian Grüner...”

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    Dry, Aromatic

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine du Tariquet, Classic, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, 2016

    Product Code: TRR116

    Domaine du Tariquet, Classic, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, 2016

    “A classic indeed: always a delightfully light and refreshing wine, it’s now even better, with more exotic fruit flavours, since the Grassa family...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Cotes de Gascogne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 10.5%
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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 a parcel of 35 year old vines. Mid gold. Exotic tropical fruit married with the broad smokey, caramel flavours so typical of the terroir of the...”

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    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.2%
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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2016

    Product Code: ROS116

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2016

    “François and Jean-Marie are now in charge of the family’s 14 hectares of vineyards on the sweeping slopes at Verdigny. 2016 was a classic Loire...”

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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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  • Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2014

    Product Code: CLB314

    Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2014

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

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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, 2013

    Product Code: MEY313

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2013

    “The Meyer’s Gewurz is always delicious, offering a perfect balance between rosepetal aromatics, exotic fruit and spice. Gentle nose of rose petal...”

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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

    “Rising above the village of Ribeauvillé, steeply sloping and south-east facing, this is Riesling country par excellence. Explosive nose of citrus...”

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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, 2016

    Product Code: TAL116

    Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2016

    “South Burgundy region the village is altitude of 240 metres the vignards start on the first slope of the Saone valley. An old favourite, with a loyal...”

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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, 2015

    Product Code: FRR115

    Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2015

    “The Fourrey brother and sister team tend to make a citrussy, flinty style of Chablis. Concentrated green melon palate, but with attractive stoney and...”

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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, Les Crèches, 2014

    Product Code: SAU314

    Saumaize-Michelin, St-Véran, Les Crèches, 2014

    “From grapes grown on poor, chalky soil, fermented in traditional piéces. Generous nose of white peach and apricot. Ripe fruit on the palate as well,...”

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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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  • 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, 2013

    Product Code: FAJ113

    Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Blanc, Clos Rochette, 2013

    “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

    “Mid lemon. A classy nose of gingerbread and pear leads to a well-defined palate of honey and ripe peach. Showing depth, texture and a mineral...”

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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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  • Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2016

    Product Code: MET716

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2016

    “Over the years the blend has changed - to the benefit of the wine - so now it’s from 50% Roussanne with 40% Rolle (Vermentino) and 10% Clairette...”

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    Dry, Full Bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche, 2014

    Product Code: SAU414

    Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche, 2014

    “From vines on the lower slopes of the Roche de Vergisson directly behind the domaine. Aromas of oatmeal and honey, perhaps more typical of the Côte...”

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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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  • Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2016

    Product Code: CRE116

    Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2016

    “Picpoul de Pinet, an appellation south-west of Montpellier for the Picquepoul grape, has now become so popular that, annoyingly, prices have risen....”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2016

    Product Code: MEY116

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Pinot Blanc, 2016

    “This is a perennial favourite. An open and attractive scent of apple, melon and even pineapple. Such a lovely mouthful of creamy, ripe fruit, with a...”

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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 Roger Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2014

    Product Code: PES714

    Domaine Roger Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2014

    “From about half Grenache Blanc with some barrel fermented Roussanne, plus Clairette, Bourboulenc and the little-grown Picardan, all raised in tank. A...”

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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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