French wine is produced in several regions throughout France, having the world's second largest total vineyard area, behind Spain. It is the source of many wine making techniques and styles of wine adapted worldwide using grape varieties that originated in France and are now planted throughout the world - Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir.
Carte Blanche good food & wine store offer a great selection of wine for sale some products are readily recognisable coming from world renowned wineries – we also proudly promote some excellent wines produced by small artisan and undiscovered wineries, who are consistently producing fine wines that achieve high scores by wine experts such as Robert Parker.
Carte Blanche with their exclusive partnerships and promotional expertise bring to you one of the best selections of wine and Mediterranean products – bringing a little bit of Mediterranean sunshine into your hostelry business.
[expander_maker more="Read more" less="Read less"]France has very strict and carefully controlled product quality legislation for its wines, if they meet the stringent requirements they are granted an AOC - Appellation d'Origine Protégée. There were four categories, this changed in 2012 from when wine was classified into three categories:
- Vin de France - a table wine category that will replace the current Vin de Table, but allowing grape variety and vintage to be indicated on the label
- Indication Géographique Protégée -IGP, an intermediate category replacing the current Vin de Pays.
- Appellation d'Origine Protégée - AOP, the highest category basically replacing AOC wines.
All common styles of wine – red, rosé, white (dry, semi, and sweet), sparkling and fortified are produced in France and range from inexpensive versions to some of the world’s most expensive and coveted brands. Generally they are branded by regions, Bordeaux, Cahors, Champagne, and Languedoc for example. Quality and prices vary enormously – some wines are available for immediate consumption whilst others have to be 'cellared' for some time to correctly mature.[/expander_maker]