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France is the largest wine producer in the world. French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée system. France is the source of many grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon , Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah. The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess. French wines go best with food, never overpowering either in flavor or in alcohol, always well-mannered, often beautiful. The fact that, today, the quality of even the least expensive French wine has improved impressively, means that there is a whole new range of wines open to wine drinkers.
Prestige cuvée
A French term (literally "white from black" or "white of blacks") for a white wine produced entirely from black grapes.
Blanc de noirs
A cuvée de prestige is a proprietary blended wine (usually a Champagne) that is considered to be the top of a producer's range.
Blanc de blancs
A French term that means "white from whites", and is the Champagnes made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes.
Rosé Champagne[edit]
The rosé wines of Champagne (also known as Pink Champagne) are produced by the saignée method or, more commonly, by adding a small amount of still Pinot noir red wine to the sparkling wine cuvée.
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By far the largest, the most important, and one of the best, both for great wines and for bargains, is Bordeaux. There are ten main wine-making regions in France, each with their own characteristic wines. The different types of wine are usually labeled by t…...

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