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

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.
Vve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of toasted brioche, ripe apricot, lemon curd, and white flowers with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, long marzipan, pressed flowers, minerals, and hints of roasted fruit finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very nice non-vintage Champagne with rich nutty character accented by sweet floral nuance.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
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
Champagne Trouillard NV Comte Decrion Brut Champagne
93 points
$44
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach jam on toast, lemon marmalade, and praline with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a sleek, appealing, medium-long finish that shows accents of creme brulee and spiced citrus salad. A nutty, juicy, vanilla-kissed Champagne that is sure to please.
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
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.
Champagne Georges Cartier NV Brut Tradition Champagne
90 points
$56
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon curd, brioche, cashew, and wet stone with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-long finish with nuances of orange custard and apple with no oak flavor. A vibrant mouthwatering, fruit-driven Champagne perfect for any occasion.
Champagne Lallier NV Blanc De Blancs Brut Champagne
90 points
$79
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramel nut pastry, hint of breadfruit, and brewer’s yeast with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, long finish displaying nuances of lemon meringue pie, clementines and melons, and minerals with no oak flavor. A round and graceful Champagne with toothsome acidity and well-meshed citrus flavors.