The wine regions of France draw in millions of tourists each year. The French have spent centuries perfecting their wine-making techniques and today the country produces some of the most aromatic red wines in the world.
Unlike many countries, French wines are made to accompany a meal and they’re now the second largest wine produce in the world after Italy. If you have your airline tickets in hand for your trip, make sure to take the time to try the 10 wines on this list.
1. 2005 Château Mont-Redon, Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Château Mont-Redon remains one of France’s oldest winemaking estates and the biggest property in the entire region. This red wine blend is perhaps the best wine from 2005 with a soft, spicy taste. It’s made from a blend of Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache.
2. Laurent Perrier NV Brut Ultra
This wine from Laurent Perrier is an interesting addition to this list. It’s made with absolutely no added sugar and it’s very dry yet invigorating. It’s produced from 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir.
3. Picpoul de Pinet, Fougeray de Beauclair 2007
This fine wine is made from Picpoul, a specialty grape that’s grown in the coastal region of Languedoc. It has a very fresh, lemony taste with an aroma of herbs and spice. It hits the palate as very fleshy, although it’s balanced with a nice acidity. This is a wine variety you’re not likely to try outside of France.
4. 2005 Château Roques Mauriac
This red wine blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s produced in the Bordeaux region of France and features very light hints of strawberry aroma. Interestingly, it’s incredibly light, crisp and dry so it’s the ideal choice to drink with appetizers.
5. 2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance
This fine Vouvray wine from Domaine Huet is a sweet dessert wine made from ripe grapes that are just starting to shrivel. It’s both rich and elegant with a wonderful fresh taste. It was also rated at 99 points out of 100 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, one of the highest rated wines to come from France.
6. Château Latour 2009
This Bordeaux-style blend is produced in the Bordeaux region of France. It has the highest price tag of all the wines on this list at nearly $2,300 although it’s also one of the best wines to come out of the country in the last five years. This blend is from a very rich vintage with strong, dense spice and fruit flavors along with berry and black plum. It should also age very well, making it a fine addition to your collection.
7. Château Lafite Rothschild 2005
This blend produced from the Château Lafite Rothschild winery is very dense and nearly black. Still, it’s well balanced with wonderful layers of fruits that complement the acidity and strong tannins.
8. Moët & Chandon 1996 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Brut Sparkling
Moët & Chandon produced a real winner with this sparkling wine produced in Champagne. It’s very delicate and dry yet still shows its own characteristics. It also ages very well.
9. Chateu Paul Mas Clos des Murs, Languedoc 2007
This blend is mostly Syrah with a small percentage of Mourvedre. It was aged for less than a year in oak barrels to produce a wine with a very fruity aroma. When it was young, it was very fleshy although aging does firm it.
10. 2007 Côté Tariquet, Côtes de Gascogne
This wine is produced by the biggest independent vineyard in the entire county. It’s made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and features a strong fruity taste and aroma with a dry finish.