Choosing French Wines with Confidence!
There are many factors that go into classifying French wine, but none of them are necessary in order to choose a bottle from the shelf at the neighborhood store like Boone’s. You can choose French wine like a pro if you are aware of a few key factors! So let’s go over them now.
Start with the wine-producing area. Because wine from a particular region typically has the same style and grape, the type of grape is frequently not stated on the bottle. For instance, Chardonnay is used in Chablis. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most common grapes used in Bordeaux.
Next, determine the wine’s quality from the bottle. The Appellation d’Origine Protégée, or AOP, system governs wine production and quality in France. It helps to be aware of the first three tiers of this system.
Vin de France
“Table Wines” are produced in larger quantities from grapes that may come from various geographical locations. They are typically known to be more affordable wines. They still taste great despite this factor!
Indication Geographique Protègée
This wine is essentially about medium quality. It typically uses grapes from a specific region, but it can use grapes from all over.
Appellation d’Origine Protégée
These wines are produced in a particular area and adhere to all regional quality standards as well as federal guidelines.
Generally speaking, the higher the quality of wine, the more specific its origin.
Different blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Carménère, and Malbec are used to make Bordeaux wine. Pinot Noir or Chardonnay is from Burgundy (Bourgogne is the same as Burgundy). The word “Burgundy” is printed on wine bottles for export.) Chardonnay from Chablis (Chablis is a part of Burgundy)
Choosing wine in general can be intimidating, especially French Wine. Hopefully some of these tips help you out, but as always, you can ask us at Boone’s!