Red Wine Tasting– Understanding The Wines Of France

White Wine Tasting– Understanding The Wines Of France

Are you baffled by the substantial range of French red wines and entirely lost when it concerns choosing which red wine will finest fit your requirements?

Each of the 8 white wine producing areas of France focuses on producing red wine of a specific type and taste and this easy summary will ideally make picking French red wines a little simpler.


Burgundy white wines are produced from the black Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes and from the white Chardonnay grape.

The Pinot Noir is most likely among the world’s earliest grape ranges and is infamously challenging to grow. It does nevertheless produce a few of our finest white wines which are abundant and full-bodied and at the exact same time can be light, soft and creamy. Pinot noir red wines frequently have a scent of cherries accompanied by a spiciness that is similar to cinnamon or mint.

The Chardonnay grape is an incredibly popular grape which produces light, fragile dry red wines with a typically hard however distinct to explain scent invoking a vision of lemons, peaches or apples.


The red wines of Bordeaux are based upon the associated black Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, discovered especially in the Medoc district of Bordeaux, and the black Merlot grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon white wines enhance considerably with age and are frequently among the world’s really terrific white wines. With age the unique blackcurrant fragrance of white wines from this grape establishes overtones of cedar, violets and leather and the white wines, which are typically deep in taste, frequently end up being soft and smooth.

White wines made from the Merlot grape are extremely comparable to those produced from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape however have a less distinct fragrance and taste.

If it appears weird that gewurztraminers must be produced from black grapes then keep in mind that grape juice, whether from white or black grapes, is basically colorless and it is the skin of the black grape that offers the white wine its color.


The grape ranges frequently seen in the Rhone valley are the black Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes and the white Muscat grape.

Syrah grapes produce extreme abundant red wines which are practically black in color and which have a scent that is spicy in nature. The Rhone Syrah grape forms the base for lots of mixed red wines consisting of the popular Chateauneuf du Pape

The Muscat grape triggers extreme, sweet white wines with a strong and quickly acknowledged fragrance. In addition, and uncommon for a white wine, red wines from the Muscat actually do taste of grapes.


The grapes of the Loire consist of the black Pinot Noir and the white Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes.

The Sauvignon Blanc grape is grown all over the world today and it is extremely extensively utilized for mixing. When it comes to the Loire nevertheless it is utilized to make a distinct unblended dry gewurztraminer with a particular sharp and aggressive odor.

Pinot Gris red wines frequently show a gently lemon and somewhat flower taste and, relying on the ripeness of the grape at harvesting, red wines that are appetizing and either light or abundant, round and complete bodied. Pinot Gris makes one of the couple of gewurztraminers that can be stated to age well.


The grapes of the Alsace are comparable to those utilized in the Loire, growing conditions in this area tend to produce red wines which bear the qualities of lots of German rather that French white wines.

The white wines in this area resemble Riesling and the sweeter German red wines. Some rosé white wines are likewise produced in Alsace.


The primary grapes of the Champagne area are the black Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white Chardonnay.

The red wines of the Champagne area can best be referred to as tart and thin and offer the ideal base for what numerous think to be the world’s finest champagne.


Beaujolais red wines are made from the black Gamay and white Chardonnay grapes.

The white wines of this area are frequently light in nature, fresh tasting and with a rather fruity taste. Numerous Beaujolais red wines are likewise somewhat carbonated in nature.

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