History of French Wine

When you think of wine, one of the first countries that comes to mind is France. France has been growing wine for Centuries, since it was first brought in by the Romans. From the classic Chablis to the hearty Bordeaux, France and wine are an inseperable combination.

While it can seem confusing to keep track of the various regions of France, each actually tends to make a certain type of wine. Just as you know that Chardonnay is a white and Zinfandel is a rich red, so can you learn that Chablis creates a wine (named Chablis) which is a flinty white wine, or that Beaujolais creates a wine (named Beaujolais) that is a light, fruity red.

Glance through these brief descriptions of each wine region, and click to learn more about the ones that interest you! Note that the wine regions often have other wines they make (for example there is a white Bordeaux), but I am listing the key wines each region is known for.

Bordeaux is one of the most famous wine regions in the world. This wine is created from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The same blend in the US is named Meritage. It is smoky, spicy, tobaccoey, and great with meats.

Burgundy is a region with a collection of sub-areas. The flinty, classicflavor is made solely with Chardonnay grapes, while the freshness of Beaujolais Nouveau comes from the fruity Gamay.

Champagne is the world-famous sparkling wine created with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes. There were quite a few bottles of Champagne popping over New Year's Eve!

Loire Valley is most well known for its use of Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. They create two named wines many recognize - Sancerre and Vouvray.

Rhone Valley is well known for its spicy, fiery red wines, although it does make a very small amount of white and rose wine as well. The Rhone is in the southeast of France, from Vienne to the north to little Riez in the south. Perhaps best known of all Rhone wines is the Hermitage, in the northern section.

French Red Wines    
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre La Moussiere Pinot Noir Red Wine 2009 $29.99  
Barton & Guestier Bordeaux France 2013 $9.99  
Barton & Guestier Bordeaux Saint - Emilion France 2014 $17.99  
Cameron Hughes Lot 365 Bordeaux France 2010 $9.99  
Michel Gassier Cercius Cote Du Rhone France 2011 $9.99  
Chateau Angelus Saint Emilion Bordeaux 2005 98/100 $399.99  
Chateau Cantenac Brown Margaux Bordeaux 2009 92/100 $99.99  
Chateau Blaignan Medoc Bordeaux France When You Buy Three Or More Bottles 2012 $17.99  
Clos Manou MedocFrance 2008 $19.99  
Clos Manou Medoc France 2009 $19.99  
Chateau Cos D'Estournel Saint Estephe Bordeaux 2005 98/100 $249.99  
Chateau Cos D'Estournel Saint Estephe Bordeaux 2009 100/100 97/100 $599.99  
Chateau Cote Montpezat Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux 2009 $19.99  
Chateau de Sancerre Sancerre 2009 $19.99  
Chateau Domeyne St.-Estephe 2009 $29.99  
Chateau Fonbadet Pauillac Bordeaux 2014 $39.99  
Chateau Haut Brion Grand Cru Pessac Leognan Bordeaux 2005 100/100 100/100 $999.99  
Chateau Haut Brion Grand Cru Pessac Leognan Bordeaux 2009 100/100 98/100 $1999.99  
Chateay Haut-Colombier Blaye Cote De Bordeaux France 2014 $14.99  
Chateau Kirwan Gran Cru Margaux Bordeaux 2005 93/100 $79.99  
Chateau Lafite Rothshild Pauillac Bordeaux 1986 100/100 95/100 $1999.99  
Chateau Lafite Rothshild Pauillac Bordeaux 2005 95/100 98/100 $999.99  
Chateau Lafite Rothshild Pauillac Bordeaux 2009 99+/100 98/100 $1499.99  
Chateau Latour le Pauillac de Latour Medoc Bordeaux France 2010 $119.99  
Chateau Leoville Lascases Saint Julien Bordeaux 2005 100/100 97+/100 $399.99  
Chateau Leoville Lascases Saint Julien Bordeaux 2009 98/100 98+/100 $399.99  
Chateau Lynch Bages Pauillac Bordeaux 2009 96/100 98/100 $199.99  
Chateau Malescot St Exupery Margaux Bordeaux 2005 97/100 96/100 $149.99  
Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Bordeaux 2001 $499.99  
Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Bordeaux 2005 100/100 98+/100 $999.99  
Chateau Margaux Grand Cru Bordeaux 2009 97/100 99/100 $1999.99  
Chateau Mongravey Margaux Bordeaux 2013 $19.99  
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Bordeaux 1995 94/100 95/100 $799.99  
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Bordeaux 2005 95/100 96/100 $799.99  
Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Bordeaux 2009 98/100 99/100 $1,499.99  
Chateau Palmer Margaux Bordeaux 2005 95/100 97/100 $299.99  
Chateau Pape Clement Grand Cru Pessac Leognan 2005 96/100 98/100 $299.99  
Chateau Pericou Bordeaux Red Wine 2010 $9.99  
Chateau Picque Caillou Pessac Leognan France 2014 $29.99  
Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Bordeaux 2005 96/100 97+/100 $149.99  
Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Bordeaux 2009 96/100 100/100 $499.99  
Chateau Puech - Haut Le Prestige Saint - Drezey 2013 $19.99  
Chateau Puech - Haut Recantou Saint - Drezery 2009 95/100 $39.99  
Chateau Smith Haut Lafite 2009 100/100 98/100 $299.99  
Chateau Teussier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2012 $29.99  
Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande De Pomerol Bordeaux 2013 $14.99  
Delas Crozes Hermitage Domaines Des Grands Chemins 2010 $29.99  
DRC Domiane De La Romanee Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2007 $999.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2012 $999.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2005 $1,799.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2012 $1,799.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2005 $3,999.99  
DRCDomaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2009 $2,999.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2011 $2,999.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2012 $2,999.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Richebourg Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2007 $1,499.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Richebourg Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2011 $1499.99  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti Romanee Conti Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2007 $20,000.00  
DRC Domaine De La Romanee Conti ST Vivant Grand Cru Cote De Nuits France 2012 Label is not Perfect $1,599.99  
Dubonnet Rouge Grand Aperitif De France 750ml $12.99  
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Domaine Pignard 2011 $7.99  
Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2010 $7.99  
Georges Duboeuf Morgon 2010 $7.99  
Georges Duboeuf Morgon Domaine de la Chaponne 2011 $9.99  
Guigal Chateauneuf Du Pape France 2010 $39.99  
Henry Fessy Beaujolais Villages France 2014 $7.99  
Jean Luc Columbo Cotes-du-Rhone 2010 $7.99  
Laboure Roi Pinot Noir France 2009 $7.99  
Laboure Roi Pommard Le Taillefer France 2010 $29.99  
Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Rouge Baron Philippe De Rothschild 2014 $10.99  
Village La Tourelle Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $9.99  
Vidal Fleury Cote Du Rhone 2010 $7.99  
     
All bottles of Wine are 750ml unless stated otherwise  
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