From silky and smooth to big and bold, a guide to premium wines from France.
Taking a lead of the world in the domain of cuisine and wines, while contributing to its deeply rooted vineyard culture, French wines are the most tasted, preserved and celebrated across the globe.
Wines are a crucial part of the typical daily French meal and gastronomy. They are not only used as a beverage, but also with cheese and in cuisines and meat preparation, especially in the whole of Europe, sourced from its hub – France.
But what if you were to taste the crème de la crème, and the best ones out of the tonnes of rich wines produced every year? Which ones would you prefer to celebrate your occasions with? Here is a guide to the best French wines you should get your hands on at least once in your life.
1. Chateau Latour
This dense wine is one of the first growth wines from vintage Bordeaux, with a succulent capacity to go with any meal, and undoubtedly as a delicacy with the French cheese.
Composition: 80% of grape varieties and 18% cabernet Marlot.
2. Château Léoville – Las Cases
this wine was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. It’s delicious ingredients include the aroma of fresh grape and carefully curated ingredients.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon, Marlot, alcohol 12%
3. Château Rayas
This press wine was blended and was left undisturbed for a year, although the wine was aged by Louis Reynaud for much longer. It is then bottled without fining or filtration, giving it a heavenly taste, perfect for grand occasions.
Composition: 100% Grenache, 14% alcohol
4. JL Chave Hermitage
The wine is thick, rich and intense, with a wave of ripe and pure fruit. It has not moved an inch since it was bottled offering an enchanting tasting experience. For a fully mature vintage of JL Chave, 1990 is sublime.
Composition: 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne
5. Domaine Leroy Musigny
This wine is produced without the use of chemical fertilizers and insecticides on the vineyard for more than a generation, infused with individually cut grape.
Composition: Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Aligot, Gamay.
6. Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
The biodynamic Salon is made from 100% Chardonnay, giving it an unparalleled taste. The most recent Salon that has been released is the one in 2002.
Composition: Chardonnay, sparkling water, alcohol 12%.
7. Domaine Romanée Conti
Saving the best for the last, this wine is generally regarded as the world’s most sought after wine. Hailed by experts as the perfect Burgundy, it has come to be known as “velvet and satin in bottles”.
Composition: Vintage oak, Pinot noir, Gamay, Chardonnay
Price: $14,000 – $20,000