French wine is revered and for good reason: it is the birthplace of the modern wine trade and is also steeped in rich history that stems back to 6th century BC. Many of the grape varieties enjoyed across the world owe their origins to the vineyards of France. The many regions have given rise to iconic wine styles such as French Merlot, Champagne, Beaujolais and crisp French Whites such as those grown in Sancerre.
French Red Wine
France boasts some of the most beloved grapes in existence and as such, offers some of the finest red wines you can buy. Bordeaux is the origin of many of the best medium-bodied French red wines available and is the region from which the Merlot grape is most heavily-used. French Merlot differs from many international variations and the “Bordeaux Style” favours a more medium body and fresh red fruit flavours. Rhône offers more robust and spicier red varieties. The warmer Mediterranean coast region such as Languedoc-Roussillon produce truly full-bodied reds.
French White Wine
White wine produced in France is often crisper and drier than in other regions. Wine produced in Alsace, for example, is on the drier side compared to the German wines available just across its border. Riseling and Muscat both owe their heritage to Alsace.
Loire Valley white wine is amongst the most famous regions for wine production in the whole of France and possibly the world – with over 4000 wineries producing some of the best white wines on the planet. Divided into three areas due to its vastness, Lower Loire, Middle Loire and Upper Loire together produce everything from crisp whites to racy reds and even sparkling wine that can challenge neighbouring Champagne. Loire Valley white wine includes Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvingon Blanc. Upper Loire is famous for producing Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.
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