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.
Awards: 2021 Best French Sauvignon Blanc
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
Nicolas Potel 2020  Pouilly-Fuissé
92 points
$35.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, yellow apple, and marigold with a soft, vibrant, dry medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cast iron cornbread and lemon curd with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Orchard fruit abounds in this Pouilly Fuisse that finishes with a dollop of buttery charm.
Awards: 2021 Best White Burgundy
92 points $35.99
Nicolas Potel 2020  Macon-Villages
91 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple, marzipan, and lemon with a soft, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of tart green apple, flint, and brioche with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Showcases a balance of tropical freshness and satisfying roundness .
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value White Burgundy
91 points $18.99
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.
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.
Olivier Ravoire 2020 Banderet Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of white flowers, mandarin orange, fresh parsnip salad, candied peach, and pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long banana mousse, citron, and coriander finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An outgoing Côtes du Rhone Blanc with rich aromatics that beckon one to the glass.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Chateau D’Haurets 2020  Bordeaux Blanc
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, sorrel, starfruit, coriander, and banana with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of lime zest with no oak flavor. Intense Sauvignon Blanc character will delight lovers of the varietal.
90 points $15 Best Buy