About Sparkling Wines from France

About Sparkling Wines from France
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

Sparkling Wines

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.
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
Veuve Ambal NV Expression Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
92 points
$25.99
Bright khaki orange color. Aromas of apricot preserves layered with strawberries, almond tea cakes, white cherry, and gunflint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length hazelnut confection, toasted coconut, and mango finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent rose Cremant de Bourgogne that is instantly appealing and always sophisticated.
92 points $25.99
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of forelle pear, brioche with strawberry jam, lily, kiwi relish, aniseed, sage, and coriander with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, long fresh cut grass, turkish delight, smoked almond, and pressed flowers finish with light oak flavor. A crisp and juicy Champagne with layers and layers of bright, memorable flavors.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Gyejacquot Fréres NV Prestige Vintage Brut Champagne
92 points
$52
Golden yellow color. Aromas of brioche, smoked cheddar, bruised pear, lemon zest, and croissant with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long butter cream, cinnamon dusted apples, black licorice, and Seville oranges finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A muscular champagne with mouthfilling notes of cream pastry.
Champagne Devaux NV Ultra D Extra Brut Champagne
92 points
$67
Light gold color. Aromas of brioche, butter-pecan, and milk and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-long golden raisin, chalk, quartz, and white strawberry finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A dense, rich, and complex champagne that offers everyday luxury; cellar.
Antech 2015 Cuvée Eugénie Sparkling Crémant de Limoux AOC
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas of ripe bosc pear, honey, apple blossom, dandelion, freshly risen dough, and slate with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long lemon and lime zest, pineapple, and toffee finish. A cheerful Cremant with great texture and generous fruit.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value French Sparkling Exceptional Value
92 points $19 Best Buy