French Wine Regions

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Whenever someone talks about wine, the image of the Chateau on the hill above the vineyard often comes to mind. Even the most novice of wine drinkers would have heard of Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, but what exactly are you drinking when you buy a wine from these regions?  To get a better understanding of the large range of French wines we offer at Vinoclock, let us take a look at the key French wine regions.

Champagne 

  • Key Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
  • Most Famous For: Sparkling wine

Loire

  • Key Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc & Cabernet Franc
  • Most Famous For: Sancerre (Sauv Blanc), Vouvray (Chenin) & Chinon (Cab Franc)

Bordeaux 

  • Key Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Cabernet Franc
  • Most Famous For: Bordeaux red blends & Sauternes

Burgundy

  • Key Grapes: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
  • Most Famous For: Red Burgundy’s (Pinot Noir) Chablis ( Unoaked Chardonnay) & White Burgundy (Oaked Chardonnay)


Rhône Valley

  • Key Grapes: Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Marsanne & Viognier
  • Most Famous For: Rhone Blends (GSM), Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Côte Rôtie

Provence

  • Key Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault & Mourvedre
  • Most Famous For: Côte de Provence Rose

Alsace

  • Key Grapes: Pinot Gris, Riesling & Gewürztraminer
  • Most Famous For: Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer

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