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

Kystin  Secret Ice Cider
97 points
$49
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet fat body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with notes of honeyed kumquats, apple and apricot skins, tangerine, and lemon spritz. A deliciously mouthwatering, not-too-sweet Ice Cider with fantastic purity, depth, and acidity.
Kystin  Opalyne Brut French Cider
95 points
$7
Best Buy
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted apples and nuts, dried pear, and strawberry jam with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with suggestions of apple and pineapple shrub, baking spices, and fallen trees in the forest. A delightfully deep and flavorful French Cider for all occasions.
95 points $7 Best Buy
Chateau De Roques 2018 Chateau De Roques Puisseguin St. Emilion
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of rosehips, orange peel, tobacco, mocha mousse, caramelized onion, and hints of apricot with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long finish with notes of spiced latte and plum with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. While youthful, this Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion promises a rich, satisfying and layered experience after some cellar time; if drinking now, be sure to decant.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Chateau de Gayon 2015 Dou Barrinquet Madiran
94 points
$29
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, berry tea, hints of candied ginger, herbs de Provence, bay, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish imparting notes of orange peel with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A generous Madiran red with big fruit, well-managed tannins and effortlessly drinkable style.
Domaine des Bernardins 2017  Muscat
94 points
$40
Steely orange color. Aromas of ripe peach, honey-drizzled apricot, golden raisins, and lime peel with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length orange blossom water and chamomile tea finish. A bright Beaumes de Venise Blanc that offers delicate notes of dried fruit and honey.
Domaine Beausejour 2020 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit, ripe gooseberry, apricot preserves, lemongrass, and white pepper with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length fresh asparagus, hints of coconut, and honey finish. A round and velvety Sauvignon Blanc with kisses of honeyed sweetness.
Loic Raison  Cidre Rubis
93 points
$4
Sunburst color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered berries, orange liqueur, cherry compote on vanilla gelato, hints of coconut, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying shades of watercress. A boldly fruity, balanced and fun French Cider.
Kirkland Signature 2018  Chablis Premier Cru
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of candied lemon, nutty basmati rice, toasted crumpet, and spiced mango with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, long finish displaying accents of crushed minerals and hints of spiced poached pear with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A svelte, instantly appealing Chablis with great balance and flavor.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Gardian 2020 Grande Réserve Coteaux de Béziers IGP
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit, spiced apple, cashew brittle, and marigold with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish displaying notes of reduced lemon and hints of gherkin and grass with no oak flavor. A vibrant and savory white blend that will make meals shine.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Rhone to the Bone 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of schmaltz, berry cookie, ghee, hot cocoa, and dried peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with shades of dried berry compote and pencil shavings with chewy, crunchy tannins. Spicy fruit and oak flavors keep this festive French red engaging and quenching.
93 points $13 Best Buy