Top 7 French Vineyards
Known for it’s incredible wine production, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of vineyards throughout France. And with so many options, it’s difficult to choose where to head to first! Of course, it’s difficult to make a definitive list, as each person’s tastes will change their wine preferences, but we’ve tried to cover all the bases with Panrimo’s top 7 French vineyards, in no particular order!
7.) La Voulte Gasparet – Languedoc
France’s largest wine region is Languedoc, known for it’s relatively inexpensive table wines. If you’re looking for something tasty without breaking the budget, try a vintage from La Voulte Gasparet. One of the region’s top sellers, the vineyard has been kept in the same family for over six generations, and they’re more than happy to welcome English-speaking guests.
6.) Domaine Hugel et Fils – Alsace
Located in the white wine region on Alsace along the Rhine River, Domaine Hugel et Fils has been operating since 1693, run by the Hugel family. The estate is located within Riquewihr and the cellsars only accessible by foot. If you happen to make a visit, you’ll find rare vintages for sale on premises that are no longer available anywhere else!
5.) Didier Dagueneau – Loire Valley
Didier Dagueneau was one of France’s most recent beloved winemakers. Residing in the Loire Valley, he sought to create the most perfect Sauvignon blanc in the world. Known for his exacting methods, including cutting yield size in order to maintain immaculate quality, his wines were renowned around the world and a cult following soon followed. Tragically, Didier passed away in a plane crash in 2008, though his vineyard was taken over by his son, Benjamin.
4.) Chateau Mouton Rothschild – Bordeaux
Another one of the world’s top wines, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is located in the Bordeaux region of France. Situated along the Atlantic coast, Chateau Rothschild produces incredible red wines, noted for their complexity and the softness of tannins. Chateau Mouton Rothschild is also known for it’s unique labels, which are designed by a different artist, selected by the vineyard, each year.
3.) Saint-Joseph AOC – Rhône
The Rhône region is quite large and actually produces a number of different wines. Most notable in the North is Saint-Joseph AOC, home of Syrah. Dark and fragrant with hints of licorice, Syrah is quite easy to drink and requires less aging, making it extremely popular.
2.) Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Burgundy
Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest wine producers, and often the most expensive, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces both red and white wines; an interesting fact considering most vineyards stick to one and still can’t produce wine as fine. This estates actually features several wineries, so it’s difficult to choose just one. Try Richebourg, La Tâche, or Romanée-St-Vivant for a little variety.
1.) Dom Pérignon – Champagne Region
No wine list would be complete without addressing one of the world’s most popular styles: champagne. Associated with the wealthy, brought out for celebrations, and endlessly bubbling, champagne was actually created by Dom Pierre Pérignon of the Benedictine Order in 1670. Still the golden standard in champagne (the Shah of Iran ordered first vintage –the 1959- bottles to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire; a single bottle was auctioned at €24,758), it’s always best to taste from the source in France!