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

Antech 2018 Emotion Brut Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey-roasted nuts, sliced strawberries, pickled watermelon, lemon pound cake with creme fraiche, thyme, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of yuzu custard with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, friendly and mouthwatering Cremant de Limoux for any warm weather celebration.
Awards: 2021 Best Cremant
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
93 points
$113.90
Golden straw color. Aromas of crepes with butter, lemon curd, apples in caramel, forest mushrooms, and honeyed brioche with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, elegant, medium-long ripe peach, yuzu, chamomile tea and minerals finish with grippy tannins. A svelte Champagne with precise acidity that grips the palate with confidence and elegance.
93 points $113.90
Champagne Langlet 2009 Extra-Brut Champagne
92 points
$58
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with apple compote, white cherry, spice cookies, quince paste, hints of petrol, and chalk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long golden apples and young pineapple finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright Champagne that seems to have taken an anti-aging potion; sprightly and youthful despite its age and will continue to shine with more cellar time.
La Pitancerie 2016 La Generale Champagne
91 points
$65
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of toast, nectarine preserves, and white tea with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with touches of melon, meyer lemon, toasted hazelnut, and chalk with no oak flavor. A racy, dry vintage Champagne that will sing at the table.
Bennwihr NV  Cremant DAlsace
91 points
$21
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas of sun baked stone, lemon zest, caramel, green apple, kouign amann pastry, fresh cream, and marzipan with a lean, lively, bubbly, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, distinctive, long limestone, brioche toast, marmalade, lemon juice, pith, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A bright, sophisticated Cremant for toasts, oysters, or both.
Paul Mittnacht NV Brut Cremant DAlsace
90 points
$19
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, brioche, white pineapple, and green apple and yuzu with a supple, lively, fizzy, dry medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish conveying elements of wet stone, green apple and blossom, and wet dough with lemon zest with no oak flavor. An extremely enjoyable Cremant for everyday pleasure.
Jacques Bardelot NV Brut Rosé Champagne
90 points
$34
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of macerated strawberries, black plum, persimmon, tamarind, and rhubarb with a supple, lively, bubbly, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with notes of cherry eau-de-vie, fresh raspberries, brioche toast, and toasted sunflower seeds with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. A bold Rosé Champagne that has you covered for lazy weekend lunches.
Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Brut Champagne
90 points
$92.90
Light old gold color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, walnuts in toffee, apricot chutney, and pressed flowers with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of parker dinner rolls and butter with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold and commanding Champagne with mature, nutty character.
90 points $92.90
Chevalier Du Grand Robert NV  Cremant De Bordeaux
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of apples and oats, lemon curd, and green apple with a satiny, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-to-long finish revealing notes of crushed white stones and lime zest. Pleasing texture and high toned orchard fruit make this a food pairing for fried starters or heartier fish preparations.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature NV Brut Champagne
89 points
$19
Light gold color. Aromas of freshly peeled lemons and oranges, pineapple, coconut cream, sultanas, candied nuts, toasted brioche, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long apricot chutney, caramel on shortbread, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, fuller-bodied Champagne packed with spot-on flavors.