French Twist

French Twist

Let French Wines with Style help you discover an elegant French wine that suits you

France is synonymous with style. The Paris catwalks have given us everyone from haute couture royalty Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to today’s leading designers including Isabel Marant and Hedi Slimane. Meanwhile style icons such as sex bomb Brigitte Bardot, unconventional chanteuse Vanessa Paradis, classic Anglo-French beauty Charlotte Gainsbourg and red carpet queen Léa Seydoux are envied for their individual expressions of French style. What unites these fashion forerunners is a shared Gallic air of timeless, effortless elegance.

The same is true of French wine. One  of the most revered and established wine producers of the world, France combines centuries of winemaking traditions with state-of-the-art technologies, plus that certain je ne sais quoi, to create well-finessed, characterful wines steeped in style. 

Diversity is one of the biggest strengths of French wine. Around 800,000 hectares of vineyards and 27,000 wineries produce  6 billion bottles each year. The country’s fertile lands are home to over 300 approved appellations and create a bounteous array of terroirs. In addition, there are regional Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP) and quality Vin de France bottles too. This means that there is a style to suit everyone, as the popularity of French wines in the UK attests to. To better navigate the huge choice available, French Wines with Style presents Absolutely Cracking Wines from France – an annual selection of wines chosen by journalists and sommeliers that express the variety, quality and value for money that French wines sold in the UK have to offer.

A selection of these wines have been divided here into four styles: Authentic and Natural wines that are pure and full of local flair; Cool and Laid-back wines that are easy and relaxed; Fun-loving and Quirky wines that are daring and unusual; and Glamorous and Chic wines that deliver luxury. We present 24 French Wines with Style with tasting notes that will allow you to find the perfect French wine to fit any mood, taste or occasion.

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Fans of Authentic wine can appreciate them at home with fellow wine lovers

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Cool wines are for those times when you want to sip from your glass casually while catching up with friends at a bar or bistro. Fuss-free  and great for sharing.

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Quirky wines are different and daring. When you’re feeling adventurous or hosting an intimate soirée, reach for a bottle of one of these. Uncork, pour and party.

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Glamorous wines are synonymous with France. Prestigious and full of depth, they’re great for special occasions when you want to indulge yourself and others.

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We spoke to Master of Wine and World Champion Sommelier, Gerard Basset OBE, about his role as an ambassador for French Wines With Style.
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