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.
Awards: 2021 Best Cider
Domaine Michel Thomas 2021 Rosé Sancerre
95 points
$32
Pink color. Aromas of strawberry fields, eucalyptus, and fresh ferns with a fat body and a very long watermelon, persimmons, lime zest, and sea salt finish. An energetic, lively Rose with exotic flavors that are sure to tantalize.
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
Maison Marcel 2021 Heart Rosé IGP Mediterranee
94 points
$15
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Floral aromas and flavors of lilacs and honeysuckle and watermelon with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of apple and passionfruit and guava with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully fresh and floral rose with a truly charming personality.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Le Chemin Du Roi NV Brut Rosé Champagne
94 points
$299
Rich salmon orange color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark brioche, dried citrus, and roasted nuts and sesame with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, nuanced, very long finish with notes of reduced lemon and minerals with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A rich and powerfully delicious Rose Champagne that hits all the high notes.
Morpho 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
94 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas of cherry candies, strawberry rhubarb pie, and hibiscus with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, intriguing, agreeable lavender candies, sweet raspberry, and strawberry buttercream finish. Rose lovers will appreciate this fruit forward gem from Provence.
94 points $11 Best Buy
La Croix De Saint Jean 2018 Lo Paire Other Red
94 points
$24
Indigo color. Aromas of figs and fruit leather, sandalwood, honey butter and kirsch, and leather and licorice with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a smooth, complex, long blackberry compote, creme brulee, and incense finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and chewy French red that will be great as a sipper or at foodie’s table.
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.
Maison Marcel NV Sparkling Hearts Extra Dry Rosé Mediterranee IGP
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream, lemon marmalade, and butter sauteed peach with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish manifesting nuances of clementine, custard, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A wonderfully crisp and refreshing French bubbly with fine fruit and balance.
93 points $18 Best Buy