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

G.H. Mumm NV RSRV Rosé Foujita Brut Champagne
96 points
Well balanced between fruit and baked flavors with complex acidity; a stunning, exceptional example of rosé Champagne that lingers on long after you are finished.
Champagne Lallier NV Grand Rosé Brut Champagne
95 points
Delicious red berries, fresh ripe citrus notes and soft bubbles; bring this for summer afternoons on the boat.
Perrier-Jouët 2014 Belle Époque Brut Champagne
95 points
Rich and well balanced with a rounded palate and excellent balance of red and white fruits; impress your bubbly loving friends.
Perrier-Jouët 2015 Belle Époque Brut Champagne
94 points
Complex and layered, this gem is drinking incredibly well now and will likely adapt and improve over the next decade or so in your cellar if you have the patience to wait to pop it.
Champagne Lallier NV Ouvrage Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
94 points
Ripe orchard fruit, particularly pear, with pronounced rich notes of freshly baked bread and cheese; an excellent Champagne that has seen extended lees contact and epitomizes the taste of luxury.
Baron Aime NV Brut Rose Pinot Noir
94 points
Best Buy
Lively and bright for a perfect apéritif yet with just enough richness and body to carry you in seamlessly to the first course.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Le Chemin Du Roi NV  Champagne
94 points
A rich and powerfully delicious Rose Champagne that hits all the high notes.
G.H. Mumm NV Grand Cordon Brut Rosé Champagne
93 points
Beautiful red fruit envelopes the nose and palate from the first sip; well structured, refreshing, and delicious at every turn.
Perrier-Jouët NV Grand Brut Champagne
93 points
Citrus and sea salt forward, this crisp palate pleaser will provide as an amazing aperitif or oyster and shell fish pairing at your next dinner soirée.
Perrier-Jouët NV Blason Rosé Champagne
93 points
A positively delicious menagerie of red berries on the palate with crisp acidity and just a touch of sweetness to pull it all together; it's hard to go wrong with Champagne, and this is a terrific example of why.