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

Examining the Most Popular Champagne Wines

We all know that fine French Champagne is adored by wine lovers around the globe. But did you know that the French drink 53% of their Champagne themselves, domestically?

In 2014, the French drank over 162 million bottles of Champagne, nearly three bottles per person. The rest of the seven billion people on Earth had to share the remaining 145 million bottles that were exported.

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That said, there is enough Champagne available globally for Vivino users to taste and generously share ratings for. Seven of the top 50 most popular French wines are Champagne, non-vintage cuvées from famous houses such as:

Dom Pérignon is the only Prestige Cuvée here, but it’s the third most popular French wine overall, and with an outstanding 4.5 star average rating.

French White Wines

Did you notice that I haven’t mentioned many still white wines so far? Of the 50 most popular French wines, only two still white wines made the cut. One mentioned earlier is the famous sweet Botrytis wine Château d’Yquem Sauternes. The other is a very well made, crisp and fruity white from the Rhone Valley: E. Guigal Côtes Du Rhône Blanc.

Many ultra-famous French wines from popular regions such as the Loire, Burgundy, Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon, or Beaujolais are overshadowed by Bordeaux and Champagne in this list. There is however a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine from the largest producer in the appellation that made the cut: Château Mont-Redon Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

And voilà, there you have it, now go out and get yourself a bottle of French wine.