French Wine

French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is one of the largest wine producer in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system.
Posts about French Wine
  • Château Beausejour, Grand Vin De Bordeaux

    … Home Wine Regions French Wine Château Beausejour, Grand Vin De Bordeaux by Tim Lemke - Jan 25, 2015 Over the past year I’ve reviewed a few different Bordeaux wines, a category that generally isn’t on the list of “cheap” wines. But they do offer some good values and it’s possible to find some tasty ones for under $20. This particular one…

    Tim Lemke/ 5 readers -
  • Mini-reviews 68: French wine edition

    … Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. For January, four French wines: • Macon-Villages Les Tuiles 2013 ($10, purchased,13%): This chardonnay from the Macon region of Burgundy is another winner from Cave de Lugny, which specializes in quality…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 9 readers -
  • Ben's Blush: Domaine de Nizas

    … Well, the weekly rosé review lasted all of one week. To be fair, we actually did drink a bottle of rosé two weeks ago, but I just was too lazy busy to write it up. Last week I was in Grand Junction, CO for the annual viticulture and enology conference: VinCO. It is great that the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology puts together…

    Kyle Schlachter/ Colorado Wine Pressin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • The Musée du Vin’s Champagne Scene

    … in the underground caves that were quarries for chalk. At one time these caves were cellars holding wine. Now they hold artifacts and dioramas of the French wine industry from the past to the modern. The dioramas are life-like scenes that depict French and wine history. In the scenes, visitors will observe many artifacts used in the vineyards and wine…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 5 readers -
  • Greenvale Vidal Blanc 2011 - Exceptional! (RI)

    … as a permitted grape of the Vintners Quality Alliance. The wine produced from Vidal blanc tends to be very fruity, with aroma notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Due to its high acidity and sugar potential it is particularly suited to sweeter, dessert wines. In particular, because of the tough outer skin of the fruit, it is well adapted…

    Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries- 3 readers -
  • SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

    “Jamais en vain, toujours en vin.” -Motto of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin The parade of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, part of Burgundy’s annual St. Vincente Tournante celebrated in late January. Saint Vincente Tournante 2015 celebrates 900 years of wine making at Le Clos Vougeot.

    binNotes | a wine blog- 4 readers -
  • Chateau Julien Monterey County 2012 Merlot

    … of blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, and a hint of that chocolate, but there was a slight undercurrent of green grape. Finished fair with an astringent note, eucalyptus, the trailing palate, well integrated 13.5% alcohol, and gentle spice. With a name like "Chateau Julien", which upsets some, you might think that this is a French wine (Bordeaux…

    Dennis Tsiorbas/ New Hampshire Wine-man- 8 readers -
  • School Daze – Further Adventures in Wine

    … if I put some Falco on in the background, along with Nena and The Scorpions, the Pradikat levels will soak in to my brain more thoroughly. Rock me Amadeus in the Rhine with the Riesling! While some weeks (namely the chemistry portion) aren’t as fascinating, there is a wine tasting component that is going to not only be really interesting and eye…

    Luscious Lushesin Cabernet Franc- 6 readers -
  • Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011

    … and exuberant or let them develop a long time in cellar. The blend is Clairette (40%), Grenache Blanc (30%), Bourboulenc (15%) and Roussane (15%), which together present a waxy, elegant wine with a lot of florality and honey. It is not as low in acid as some white Rhones, but maintains an ease that lets this work very well on its own or with fish and vegetable dishes. Aged in foudres for 1 year before bottling. Made from 50 year old vines in La Crau. Excellent $80 at Marquis Wine Cellars …

    Just Grapes- 5 readers -

    … here. Weather is important to all types of agriculture everywhere. But in France, where irrigating grape vines is not allowed, rain (its timing and its amount) are critical as are other factors that affect grape and other crops elsewhere. So while wine collectors and investors worldwide pay big sums for a Grand Cru from a great vintage (hoping…

    Wine Mizerin Merlot- 4 readers -
  • Vincent Paris Granit 60 Cornas 2012

    … The Northern Rhone is home to the world’s best Syrah but also its most underwhelming and overpriced (with some pockets of California also joining this latter category). It is becoming increasingly difficult to find great wines from the top three appellations – Hermitage, Cote-Rotie and Cornas – that do not completely break the bank. Towards…

    Just Grapesin Syrah- 4 readers -
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