French wine is some of the best in the world, but if you are like many, your knowledge of French vineyards stops and ends with Champagne. So let me help you. Below are my pick of the top five French vineyards currently producing some of the ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>best French wine on the market.
The Alsace vineyard produces a range of top class dry and fruity whites, which is far more in keeping with Germanic vineyards, but that is because the region of Alsace is rich with Germanic history and traditions. And for this reason, Alsace has made the list.
The variety of grapes grown here produce some of the fruitier or the wines, Gewurztraminer in particular, but Riesling and Sylvaner are just as popular, however slighly dryer with more of a savory taste, epecially when compared with the Gewurztranminer.
Unsurprisingly, the Bordeaux vineyard has made the list, not just for its fame, but also for its production of some of the most highest quality clarets. This vineyard also includes the Médoc appellation which has produced some of France’s most famous wines. Saint Estéphe, Saint Julien, Margaux and Pauillac.
However, if you want something a little cheaper and off the beaten track, Marcillac, Cahors, Gaillac and Bergerac vineyards, found south of the main Bordeaux vineyards do produce some surprisingly good whites with a much more affordable price tag.
Gascony, famous for producing many white wines which fall into the category of ‘aperitif’ wines, particularly Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh and Madiran. Madiran also produces an excellent red. But the surrounding Béarn and Jurançon vineyards are also excellent producers of some very good whites.
Another famous region and which has some wonderful appellations producing some top quality wines such as Aloxe Corton, Clos Vougeot, Pernand, Vergelesse and Mersault. Unfortunately, although the reds are especially good, the same can’t be said of the whites and though there are exceptions, such as the appellation of Côtes de Beaune, such whites as Bourgogne Passetoutgrains for example are simply overpriced with very in the way of distinctive flavor.
There is not a list of French wine anywhere in the world that will not have Champagne on there somewhere. From the top quality Krug, Heidsieck, Bollinger and Moët, to the middling offerings of mixed grape varieties of Chardonnay.
Many believe that the region is only responsible for sparkling white wines, however, although rarer, there are some good Rosé Champagnes too, albeit nowhere near as famous as its white counterpart.