Cards of Wine

French Wine Regions

France has thousand years of wine production history, and some of the most famous wine producing regions in the world.

  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne
  • Champagne
  • Côtes du Rhône
  • Loire

Bordeaux

Bordeaux wines are the most famous blends in the world.

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The river Gironde splits the area in the famous Left Bank (Southwest) and the Right Bank (Northeast), where two very different famous blends are produced.

Bordeaux
Right
Left

On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape, on the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.

Bourgogne (Burgundy)

Bourgogne has 5 wine-producing regions: Chablis Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Châtillonnais.

The vineyards of Bourgogne stretch over 230 km from North to South.

The presence of two great rivers: Yonne in the North and Saône in the East and a temperate semi-continental climate, make it the perfect place to cultivate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

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Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

Loire Wine Region

Provence

Red Wines:

Palette

Rosé Wines:

Bandol
Provence Rosé

Savoie Wine Region

Savoie is a wine region in the French alps, south of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Altesse (aka Roussette) produces the finest white wines in Savoie, while Jacquère is the most planted grape. These are the appellations in Savoie:

  • Vin de Savoie AOP
    White, red, rosé, and sparkling wines (mostly white), made from grape varieties Jacquère (50%), Altesse, Chasselas, Verdesse, Chardonnay, and Roussanne.
  • Rousette de Savoie AOP
    White wines made from Altesse grapes.
  • Seysell AOP
    Dry white and sparkling wines.
  • Crémant de Savoie AOP
    Sparkling wines made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise.

Languedoc-Roussuilon

Champagne

Champagne is the region of the most famous sparkling wine in the world.

Listed Wines:

Champagne
Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Noir

Primary Grapes:

Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Pinot Meunier

French Varieties 2017


Merlot
112 000 hectares
Ugni Blanc
82 000
Grenache
81 000
Syrah
64 000
Chardonnay
51 000
Cabernet Sauvignon
48 000
Cabernet Franc
33 000
Carignan
33 000
Pinot Noir
32 000
Sauvignon Blanc
30 000