French wine is often revered and is used as benchmark expressions by which all others are judged. This is because it’s the traditional home for the worlds most loved grape varieties and styles including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Shiraz and many more. There are 11 wine regions in France, using over 100 different grape varieties. The most famous regions include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley and Champagne where it's quite common to see single bottles fetching over $100,000!
Loire Valley, France
The home to the world's Greatest sparkling wine, Champagne. Named after the region it is made in, Champagne is the most iconic sparkling wine in the world and uses a blend of grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The most treasured Champagne wines age for a minimum of 3 years.
The Rhône, France
Chablis is a renowned cool-climate wine region located in the northern part of Burgundy (France) and produces world-class wines made from Chardonnay that have crisp acidity, minerality, and vibrant citrus flavours. The region's terroir and Kimmeridgian limestone soils imparts a flinty and chalky quality to the wines, creating a profile that sets Chablis apart from other Chardonnays. The wines are categorized into four main appellations, each with its own characteristics: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru. The Grand Cru vineyards, including names like Les Clos and Vaudésir, produce some of the most prestigious and age-worthy Chablis wines.