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

  • Le Petit Pont Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2018

    Product Code: PEP118

    Le Petit Pont Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2018

    “A tutti frutti blend of Vermentino with Chardonnay and spiced by other varieties. Fresh, easy-drinking mouthful showing stone fruit and melon with...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Vin de Pays
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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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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  • Domaine Pichat, Condrieu, 2017

    Product Code: PID617

    Domaine Pichat, Condrieu, 2017

    “1/3 in new barrels, with the ripe apricot and peach fruit and wonderfully rich texture balanced by tense minerality. Very long. Magnificent. If you...”

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    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • 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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  • Clos les Montys, Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie, 2018

    Product Code: CDM118

    Clos les Montys, Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie, 2018

    “Jérémie Huchet bought the Clos des Montys, with vines on poor, sandstone-derived soils, in 2010. Vines here are ancient, mostly 80-100 years old....”

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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 des Amadieu, Cairanne Blanc, Haut de Beauregard, 2017

    Product Code: AMB717

    Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne Blanc, Haut de Beauregard, 2017

    “Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Viognier barrel fermented and aged in a mix of vessels. Ripe yellow peaches and apricot, plus notes of...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • 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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  • Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2016

    Product Code: PAQ216

    Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2016

    “From the oldest plot of vines on the estate, averaging 85 years of age. Matured in oak for 10 months,15% new.Lovely fragrant nose. As ever,brilliant...”

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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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  • Faiveley, Rully, Les Villeranges, 2016

    Product Code: FAJ416

    Faiveley, Rully, Les Villeranges, 2016

    “This wine, all raised in tank for 11 months on its lees, offers good value Chardonnay with the bite you only expect from Burgundy. Tank sample....”

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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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  • Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne, Classic, 2018

    Product Code: TRR118

    Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne, Classic, 2018

    “So brightly delicious, Ugni Blanc and Colombard tweaked with ripe Sauvignon Blanc and waxy Gros Manseng to give a zesty palate, citrus flavoured with...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Cotes des Gascogne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 10.5%
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  • Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne, Classic, 2017 MAGNUM

    Product Code: TRR917

    Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne, Classic, 2017 MAGNUM

    “So brightly delicious, Ugni Blanc and Colombard tweaked with ripe Sauvignon Blanc and waxy Gros Manseng to give a zesty palate, citrus flavoured with...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Cotes des Gascogne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
    • ABV: 10.5%
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  • Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2018

    Product Code: CRE118

    Creyssels, Languedoc, Picpoul de Pinet, 2018

    “Julie Benau makes a top Picpoul - this is the 15th vintage in a row we have shipped! Very open, citrus and pine scents. A touch more texture than...”

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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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  • Chateau La Grave, Le Blanc, IGP Hauts de Badens, 2017

    Product Code: GRV817

    Chateau La Grave, Le Blanc, IGP Hauts de Badens, 2017

    “Halves of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay: the former brings volume which is perfectly balanced by fresh citrus notes from the latter. Now it comes...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Aquarides, 2017

    Product Code: MET717

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Aquarides, 2017

    “50% Roussanne with 40% Rolle (Vermentino) and 10% Clairette: a scent of exotic fruit anticipates a wonderfu cocktail of flavours; stone fruit and...”

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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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  • Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2017

    Product Code: BEG217

    Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2017

    “A star barrel-fermented Chardonnay from vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees: "Crisp but with lots of personality and great balance. Not...”

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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, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2018

    Product Code: CSP118

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2018

    “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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  • La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc 2018

    Product Code: CSP318

    La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc 2018

    “Such a pretty aroma of blossom – this is more on the light, fresh, floral side of Viognier than more obviously weighty examples. Hints of white...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc & Roussillon
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • La Combe Saint-Paul, Vermentino IGP Pays d'Oc, 2018

    Product Code: CSP218

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Vermentino IGP Pays d'Oc, 2018

    “Now one of our best sellers. An open, stone-fruited attack gives way to a rounded, lightly pine-scented mid palate. Plenty of fruit and texture and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Pays d'Oc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Laballe, Sables Fauves, IGP Landes, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: LAB117

    Laballe, Sables Fauves, IGP Landes, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “The Sables Fauves is a terroir on the edge of the forest of Les Landes. From about 50% Gros Manseng and 30% Ugni Blanc with 10% each of Sauvignon...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Tariquet, Amplitude, Côtes de Gascogne, 2017

    Product Code: TRR417

    Tariquet, Amplitude, Côtes de Gascogne, 2017

    “A new wine from Tariquet,100% Gros Manseng: fresh, lightly grassy, with a core of ripe pears; but also gives an impression of honeyed richness with...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Pentacrine, 2015

    Product Code: SAU715

    Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Pentacrine, 2015

    “Named after the 5-sided marine fossils found locally, this wine is selected from several parcels across the estate and raised in larger 600 litre...”

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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 d'Elise, Chablis, 2018

    Product Code: ELS218

    Domaine d'Elise, Chablis, 2018

    “From vines on the slopes above Milly, on pure white hard chalk soils. Always creamy but with oystershell Chablis characteristics too. Ripe citrus, 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, Bourgogne Chardonnay, Back to the Roots, 2016

    Product Code: LEQ516

    Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Chardonnay, Back to the Roots, 2016

    “"Racy, dry (no sweetness here), obviously French with very agreeable transparency. Super zesty. GV. 16.5/20",Jancis Robinson, MW,...”

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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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