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 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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  • Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

    Product Code: MET719

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Blanc, Les Leonides, 2019

    “The unoaked Météore white has now reverted to its former name of Les Léonides. A blend of Vermentino (Rolle), Roussanne and Viognier, it’s...”

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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, Calcaires d'Enserune, Languedoc, 2019

    Product Code: CSP419

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Calcaires d'Enserune, Languedoc, 2019

    “From halves of Roussanne and Vermentino (Rolle), grown on limestone soils, and just a little aged in old barrels. This wine shows a gentle aroma and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • La Combe Saint-Paul, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

    Product Code: CSP119

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

    “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 2019

    Product Code: CSP319

    La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc 2019

    “As usual this is more on the light, fresh, floral side of Viognier than more obviously weighty or over-ripe examples. Lime flower perfume. True fresh...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc & Roussillon
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • La Combe Saint-Paul, Vermentino IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

    Product Code: CSP219

    La Combe Saint-Paul, Vermentino IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

    “"It's no surprise that this smartly packaged wine is one of Stone, Vine & Sun's best-sellers. It's whistle-clean 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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  • Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Pentacrine, 2016

    Product Code: SAU716

    Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Pentacrine, 2016

    “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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  • Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec, 2019

    Product Code: BAJ619

    Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec, 2019

    “We sell a lot of Denis Capmartin’s terrific red Madirans from Barréjat, but his Pacherenc, the Gros Manseng based white from exactly the same area...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Madiran
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine Fichet, Bourgogne Blanc Aligote, 2018

    Product Code: FIC818

    Domaine Fichet, Bourgogne Blanc Aligote, 2018

    “Harmonious and silky example from the hot Burgundy summer of 2018. Floral scent; bright attack - with a crisp pink grapefruit accent; a gently creamy...”

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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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  • Domaine Sainte Barbe, Vire-Clesse, Les Chazelles, Vieilles Vignes, 2017

    Product Code: CHZ117

    Domaine Sainte Barbe, Vire-Clesse, Les Chazelles, Vieilles Vignes, 2017

    “From a 2 ha. sheltered plot on limestone, with vines between 50 and 100 years old; including 30% of Chardonnay Musqué, a more aromatic clone found...”

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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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  • Domaine Sainte Barbe, Macon-Villages, Les Tilles, 2017

    Product Code: SAB117

    Domaine Sainte Barbe, Macon-Villages, Les Tilles, 2017

    “From a small half a hectare parcel, on clay and limestone planted in the late 60s. We often wondered how a wine raised in tank showed such...”

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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 Huber-Verdereau, Meursault, En Dressolles, 2017

    Product Code: HUB217

    Domaine Huber-Verdereau, Meursault, En Dressolles, 2017

    “From vines planted in 1957, raised in barrel, a third new. Rich and broad palate with so much citrussy freshness, a silky texture and hint of nuts: 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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  • Chateau La Grave, Minervois Blanc Expression, 2019

    Product Code: GRV619

    Chateau La Grave, Minervois Blanc Expression, 2019

    “A textured and quite concentrated white from 60% Maccabeu, 30% Vermentino and 10% Marsanne, with apple and melon flavours and a hint of white pepper,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Minervois
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Tariquet, Chenin-Chardonnay,Côtes de Gascogne, 2018

    Product Code: TRR318

    Tariquet, Chenin-Chardonnay,Côtes de Gascogne, 2018

    “75% Chenin Blanc and 25% Chardonnay, fresh, very melony, with accents of white flowers and pear. Now-early 2021”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru, Sous Roche Dumay 2016

    Product Code: CLB516

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru, Sous Roche Dumay 2016

    “A new wine for us:Sous Roche Dumay is well sited between Champlots and Murgers des Dents de Chien; offers more fat than the Champlots without...”

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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, 2017

    Product Code: LEQ117

    Lequin-Colin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Charrières, 2017

    “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

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Saint Veran Les Crèches, 2017

    Product Code: SAU317

    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Saint Veran Les Crèches, 2017

    “"Fleshy body with a pithy, bitter-apple note and a touch of sweet spice to finish. 16.5/20." Richard Hemming MW on jancisrobinson.com...”

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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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  • Faiveley, Mercurey Blanc, Clos Rochette, 2017

    Product Code: FAJ117

    Faiveley, Mercurey Blanc, Clos Rochette, 2017

    “"More subtle on the nose than the Rully Les Villeranges, grassy lemon freshness and a slight stoniness. There’s clearly some oak here, with a...”

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    Medium Bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2017

    Product Code: PAQ217

    Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Blanc, 2017

    “"Racy and delicate. Complete and everything absolutely in the right place. Obviously Côte d’Or with savour but very pure and open already....”

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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 Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche 2017

    Product Code: SAU417

    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos sur la Roche 2017

    “"Delicious slate and marine character to the nose and palate – savoury and dry yet with superb generosity of citrus fruit too. Long, layered,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Chateau Beauregard Ducasse, Graves Blanc, Albertine Peyri, 2018

    Product Code: BDU118

    Chateau Beauregard Ducasse, Graves Blanc, Albertine Peyri, 2018

    “M.Perromat at Beauregard Ducasse only bottles 1000 cases of this top white, named after the former owner of the vineyard, from about 60% Semillon and...”

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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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