About White Wines from France

About White 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

White Wines

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
Domaine le Montoire 2018  Sancerre
94 points
$50
Emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of citrus marmalades and peach blossoms with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long finish manifesting accents of tropical fruit melange, lemon curd, and hint of wheatgrass with no oak flavor. A sensationally fragrant and vibrant Sancerre that is a great example.
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
Kirkland Signature 2016  Chablis Premier Cru
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of ripe pears and apricots, slate, dried white florals, and almond cookie with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a complex, long candied pineapple, toasted coconut, barley tea, and lemon-ginger finish with moderate oak flavor. Balance and nuance star in this pure, silky Chablis that is ready to drink or cellar.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Domaine de la Grenaudiere 2017  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of apple, mango preserve, cinnamon-dusted challah, and lemon zest with tarragon and thyme with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an amusing, medium-long salted yellow plum and lime zest finish. A delectable and serious Muscadet with a heavy focus on toasty lees notes.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Baron-Jacques 2017 Cuvée Domaine Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$35
Straw color. Citrusy, clean aromas of dried grapefruit wheels, aloe, greenhouse, fresh daiquiri, and lavender with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length meyer lemon, underripe tropical fruit, and tahini finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A pure and fresh Sauvignon Blanc with pleasant herbaceousness and enticing fruit.
Francois de la Roche 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
Clear straw color. Aromas of fresh linen, lime cordial, and melon rind with a silky, vibrant, dryish full body and a seamless, breezy grapefruit supremes, plantain, meyer lemon, and heirloom tomato sorbet finish with no oak flavor. A pleasing, bright sipper with great versatility.
La Cave d’Augustin Florent 2016  Chablis
91 points
$45
Clear straw color. Aromas of wildflowers, honeycomb, underripe peach, and matchstick with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long wet stone, fresh parsnip, and fresh herb vinaigrette finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A spot-on Chablis with a sense of harmony and great minerality.
Nicolas Potel 2016  Macon Villages
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of Bosc pear, flint, custard, white tea with honey, and lanolin with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long finish. An fantastic example of Macon Villages; buy this great value.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Thierry Delaunay 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$30
Yellow color. Aromas of underripe melon and tarragon with a bright, fruity watery body and a easy sugar snap peas and orange supremes in whipped cream finish. A velvety Sauvignon Blanc with crisp citrus notes rounded by a creamy center and herbal accents.