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 Pascal Gibault 2023  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$15
Best Buy
A lighter intensity of Sauvignon Blanc that still brings the range of fruits from orchard to tropical dashed with food friendly acidity and minerality; complex, pleasing, and an excellent example of the category.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2021  Chablis Premier Cru
94 points
$18
Best Buy
An excellent entry level Chablis with racy acidity and nice, tart orchard fruits highlighted with delicate minerality and bespoke, well integrated French oak.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Gooseneck Vineyards 2022  Chardonnay
94 points
$18
Best Buy
A pleasant Chardonnay with good fruit and structure balanced by just the right amount of aromatic lift from the Viognier.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Montsablé 2022  Chardonnay
93 points
$19
Best Buy
A clean, complex, and well balanced example of French Chardonnay that holds your interest glass after glass.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Avenue 2022  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13
Best Buy
A bright and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that would pair well with rich seafood dishes; an elevated choice for weddings, parties, and the like.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Montsablé 2022 Reserve Chardonnay
92 points
$23
A very tasty Chardonnay BTG with balanced acid and orchard fruit with a light barrel and baking spice component.
Kirkland Signature 2020 Premiere Cru Chablis
90 points
$17
Best Buy
A rich, oaky but not woody, Chablis with ample fruit and finesse.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Gooseneck Vineyards 2022  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$22
Herbs and citrus fill this glass creating a freshness that keeps you going back for more.
Emile Beyer 2021 Les Traditions Pinot Gris
89 points
$26
A flavorful white wine that will keep you coming back to the glass wondering what aroma you will find this time; nice complexity that holds your interest on the wine.
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2022  Bordeaux Blanc
88 points
$12
Best Buy
An ideal pairing for shellfish showing nice minerality and bright citrus.
88 points $12 Best Buy