About White Wines from France

About White 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

White Wines

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.
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
In Vino Erotico 2020  Coteaux de Béziers IGP
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, spicy apple sauce, peach pie crust, and hint of chamomile with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with impressions of puff pastry with lemon curd, apple and peach tart, lime, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and satisfying white blend that is as versatile as it is pleasurable.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Domaine Beausejour 2019 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$45
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled jicama, fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, white pepper, and hint of passion fruit with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lime pie with meringue with moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with great balance and concentration.
Awards: 2020 Best International Sauvignon Blanc
Nicolas Potel 2017  Chardonnay
93 points
$31.99
Gold color. Aromas of almond tart, glazed tropical fruit, and golden kiwi with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, long toast, caramel-laden banana, honeysuckle, and wet stone finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, concentrated and lengthy Pouilly-Fuissé with great style.
93 points $31.99
Francois de la Roche 2019 La Coulée Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fresh parsley, white peach, and honey roasted citrus with a satiny, crisp, dryish full body and a smooth, crisp finish with accents of white pepper and lemon strudel. A crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc that will be a delight at the table.
Rémy Pannier 2018 Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$33.99
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dressed white asparagus, citron, onion jam, and pineapple studded brioche with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish that shows notes of preserved lemon. A juicy Sancerre with sophisticated herbal notes and sturdy structure.
91 points $33.99
Perle de Mer 2018  Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
91 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear, underripe apricot, peony, and pastry with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of minerals with no oak flavor. A floral, vivacious Muscadet that will be a dreamy pairing with shellfish.
Cherrier Père Et Fils 2020 Cuvée Les 7 Hommes Sancerre
90 points
$45
Pale straw color. Complex aromas and flavors of fresh meyer lemon, hints of white grapefruit, white melon, passion fruit, and fresh artichoke with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with nuances of creme fraiche and white asparagus with no oak flavor. A bright, juicy, spot-on Sancerre that drinks effortlessly.