Buyer’s Guide: How to Pick Your Favorite French Wine

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Wondering how good the most popular French wines are? we dug into our data to determine which ones are the most popular and how good they are.

While France produces the 10 most expensive wines in the world, the country’s wine producers also make a massive amount of value wine. To help you determine which French wines are worth buying next, we analyzed the top 50 most popular French wines on Vivino.

Why Are The Best French Wines From Bordeaux?

70 percent of the most popular French wines on Vivino are high-end Bordeaux wines, mostly Grand Cru Classés from the Left Bank Médoc area.

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The eight first growths from Bordeaux are some of the best and most popular reds in the world, and they also receive high ratings from the Vivino community, all averaging 4.5 or 4.6 stars.

Other top wines here are from the famous and fine villages along the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary: MargauxPauillacSaint-Julien, and Saint-Estèphe.

If you are wondering why wines from the Right Bank, which consists of famous appellations like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, are so little represented here, it is probably because Right Bank estates are smaller, and their wines are therefore less widely available worldwide. The same applies to the best Burgundy wines, absent from the most popular list because they are not as widely available internationally.