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, 2017

    Product Code: ELS117

    Domaine d'Elise, Petit Chablis, 2017

    “A benchmark, far better than most co-op Chablis: excellent concentration and correctly lactic. Now-2021”

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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, 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, 2017

    Product Code: FIC517

    Domaine Olivier Fichet, Macon-Burgy, Les 3 Terroirs, 2017

    “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, 2015

    Product Code: BDU115

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2015

    “Jacque Perromat’s top white, 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon, all in new barrels. Oak now well integrated, supporting generous lime with cream,...”

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

    Product Code: TAL118

    Mallory & Benjamin Talmard, Macon-Uchizy, 2018

    “The latest vintage of this much loved unoaked Chardonnay is as good as ever: a lovely fresh nose with hints of ripe citrus and verbena. Even in a...”

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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, 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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  • Saumaize-Michelin, St-Véran, 2016

    Product Code: SAU816

    Saumaize-Michelin, St-Véran, 2016

    “"Smells as if there is more deliberate oak influence here than in the Mâcon-Villages yet there’s also a steely precision to the aroma. Deep,...”

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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 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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  • 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. Drink...”

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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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  • Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2017

    Product Code: GRC617

    Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Blanc - Sauvignon Semillon, 2017

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

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine Faiveley, Meursault, 2015

    Product Code: FAJ215

    Domaine Faiveley, Meursault, 2015

    “Opulent and juicy, subtle lemon on the mid-palate with a hint of oatmeal. Attractive ripeness, texture and persistence. Now-2024”

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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 Faiveley, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru La Garenne, 2011

    Product Code: FAJ311

    Domaine Faiveley, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru La Garenne, 2011

    “Finely honed palate yields ripe pear and lemon with honeyed notes. Poised, and builds to a long mineral finish. 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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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Blanc, Veillée d’Equinoxe, 2018

    Product Code: DGA618

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Blanc, Veillée d’Equinoxe, 2018

    “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, 2017

    Product Code: BLA117

    Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2017

    “We never rush to sell this upon first shipping: it’s a steely, intense SB which needs several months in bottle before it shows at its best. We have...”

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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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  • Gilles Gaudron, Vouvray Demi-Sec, Les Pierres Rousses, 2014

    Product Code: GAU314

    Gilles Gaudron, Vouvray Demi-Sec, Les Pierres Rousses, 2014

    “Lovely, off-dry Chenin Blanc: a breadth of passion fruit and pineapple flavours with a delicate sweetness are held in check by a fine acid structure....”

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    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Santenay Blanc 2015

    Product Code: CLB115

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Santenay Blanc 2015

    “Denis Clair - chain-smoking, shoulder-shrugging, old fashioned vigneron - soldiers on, though there’s no doubt son Jean-Baptiste’s increasing...”

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    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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