About French Wine

About French Wine
Where does one start when discussing wine and France? As well as being one of the two leading wine-producing countries in the world (along with Italy - the numbers are extremely close every year), it is the spiritual birthplace of so many famous wines, from the great red and white Burgundies to the esteemed red wines of Bordeaux as well as the world's finest sparkling wine, Champagne.

While these wines have been celebrated and praised for many decades and can be found on the finest wine lists around the world, there have been problems for French wines in overall sales - the belief that French wines are necessarily expensive does not help. This is especially true with younger buyers, as strict French wine laws have meant that the country's producers are limited regarding innovation. Thus France has lost market share to numerous New World Countries such as the US, Chile and Argentina and even to its neighbor, Italy.

Still, French wines are undisputed as far as respect around the world and there have been some marketing campaigns lately that have driven sales for wines such as Cotes-du-Rhone and those from Provence. It is obvious that French wines will always be held in great regard by consumers and critics alike.

Top Picks for France

Perle de Mer 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
95 points
$17
Best Buy
Light straw color. Aromas of bouquet garni, crispy plantains, apple chutney, and wool with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long wet stone, pineapple conserve, apricot skin, heirloom pear, jasmine, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A round, lengthy, and poignant Muscadet fit for only the finest seafood.
95 points $17 Best Buy
Champagne Devaux NV Grande Reserve Champagne
94 points
$43
Light gold color. Aromas of french canelé pastry, brioche with apricot preserve, gunsmoke, and butter-poached apple with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long yuzu marmalade, salted parker dinner rolls, and dried pineapple finish. A NV champagne that will stand the test of time; smoky, svelte, and stimulating.
Chateau Haut Bernones 2015  Haut-Médoc
94 points
Brilliant garnet black color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry relish, chocolate figs and cherries, wildflower honey on buttered cranberry nut toast, and toasted meringue with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, subtle, long finish with notes of chocolate orange peels, caramelized nuts, and fine minerals with crunchy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy and fruit-forward Bordeaux red that charms and delights the senses.
Chateau Moncets 2012  Lalande de Pomerol
94 points
$60
Garnet black color. Peppery, elegant aromas of suede, incense, blueberry compote, sweet pea blossom, wild mint, flint, and smoky tobacco with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long fine leather chair, graphite, peppered pastrami, and herbs de Provence finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright and complex gentle-giant Bordeaux that is ready to drink or cellar.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée Rosée Champagne
93 points
$52
Amber salmon color. Earthy aromas of cantaloupe, marinated shitake mushrooms, licorice, dried fig, and autumn leaves with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long passion fruit, yogurt with marinated strawberry, and dried lavender finish with light oak flavor. A crispy and stylish Champagne that will pair with most anything.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée D Champagne
93 points
$62
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, smoked apricot preserves on greek yogurt, honey, musk, and pressed wildflowers with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of spritz of lemon, pickled ginger, quartz, key lime pith, and pineapple on Hawaiian rolls with a suggestion of oak flavor. A super bright, slightly smoky Champagne with thick, sensuous aromas.
Champagne Devaux 2008 D Millésimé Champagne
93 points
$110
Golden yellow color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, baked cantaloupe, coriander, rye, coconut cream pie on a graham cracker crust, and lemon custard with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long peach confiture and jasmine finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. An interesting Brut Champagne that should develop lots of nuance and intrigue after a slumber in the cellar.
Antech 2015 Emotion Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Fresh aromas of lemon curd on fresh crumpet, strawberry preserves, and nougat with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long white strawberry, clementine, and delicate anise cookie finish. A vibrant and flavor-packed sparkler that will make a wonderful aperitif.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Champs de Provence 2017 Rose Côtes de Provence
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of watermelon, cherries, and custard with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with nuances of ripe orange, delicate spiced nuts, and banana chips with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely rose bursting with flavor and finesse.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2017 La Grenouille Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of meyer lemon zest and bay leaf with a round, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cantaloupe, halvah, underripe orchard fruit, and apricot muffin finish. A very dry, savory Muscadet that will elevate any shellfish dish.
93 points $16 Best Buy