French sparkling wine.

Enjoy the great sparkling wines from France.

Sparkling wines and France have been two very closely associated words throughout history. It was the French who invented it and it is French sparkling wines that are the most famous across the world. However, not all French sparkling wine comes from the same denomination.

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Taille aux Loups Triple Zero

A natural sparkling wine with no additives

France   AOC Mountlouis-sur-loire (Loire)

Taille aux Loups Triple Zero
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Price €23.90
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R de Ruinart Brut

France   Champagne (Champagne)

R de Ruinart Brut
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Price €44.95
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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

True to the Champagne spirit

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow...
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€37.94
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Price €39.95
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Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut

Ultimate expression of refinement and delicacy of the chardonnay

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut
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€67.25
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Price €69.35
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Taittinger Brut Réserve

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Taittinger Brut Réserve
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€36.95
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Price €38.90
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Delamotte Brut

A Blanc de Blancs made with one of the best chardonnays

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Delamotte Brut
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€32.76
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Price €34.50
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Aubry Brut Réserve

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Aubry Brut Réserve
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€30.80
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Price €32.45
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Coutier Brut Tradition

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Coutier Brut Tradition
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€33.20
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Price €34.95
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Coutier Brut Blanc de Blancs

An intriguing, creamy and very elegant champagne

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Coutier Brut Blanc de Blancs
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€36.65
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Price €38.60
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Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée
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€43.40
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Price €45.70
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Bérêche & Fils Brut Reserve

Meaty and elegant seduction

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Bérêche & Fils Brut Reserve
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Price €41.50
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Dom Perignon Vintage 2010

A miraculous Champagne

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Dom Perignon Vintage 2010
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Price €165.00
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Huré Frères Invitation

Delicate Premier Cru at a very affordable price

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Huré Frères Invitation
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Price €33.95
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Ruinart Rosé

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Ruinart Rosé
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Price €61.45
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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
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Price €68.00
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

The quintessential Charles Heidsieck style

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
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€38.85
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Price €40.90
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Laherte Frères Rosé de Meunier

A fresh, complex and very aromatic sparkling wine

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Laherte Frères Rosé de Meunier
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€38.42
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Price €40.45
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Kreydenweiss Crémant d'Alsace 2017

A fresh and fruity Crémant de Alsace with touches of bakery

France   AOC Crémant d'Alsace (Alsace)

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€21.25
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Price €22.40
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Marie Courtin Eloquence Extra Brut 2015

A bubbly champagne with an intense mineral character

France   Champagne (Champagne)

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€63.85
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Price €67.25
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Esprit Nature de Giraud

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Esprit Nature de Giraud
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€41.35
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Price €43.55
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Veuve Clicquot Rosé

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Veuve Clicquot Rosé
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€48.39
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Price €50.95
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Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012

Fruit of 21 "Grand Cru" and "1er Cru"

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012
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Price €64.50
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Henri Giraud Blanc de Craie

A wonderful Blanc de Blancs in the traditional style

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Henri Giraud Blanc de Craie
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€56.25
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Price €59.25
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Krug Vintage 2006

France   Champagne (Champagne)

Krug Vintage 2006
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Price €265.00
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Champagne, the most famous of them all

So well known that when someone mentions French sparkling wine, we immediately think champagne. The name carries such weight that it has sometimes even been used for other types of sparkling wines. However, the term champagne is exclusively reserved for wines made in the Champagne area, the only wine region in the world where only sparkling wines are made. There they vinify using the champenoise or traditional method. The grapes that are most commonly used in production are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Champagne is considered the highest quality sparkling wine and it is a benchmark for all sparkling wine producers in France and around the world.

Looking at the list of Champagne houses, you will find a list of names that make you think of luxury and perfection. Some of the most famous are Louis Roederer, Möet Chandon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Ruinart...

Other sparkling wines from France

Not all high-quality sparkling wines are made in Champagne. There are many others that have been produced with this same method and that come from other protected regions (AOC Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). These other sparkling wines are called Crémants. They tend to be cheaper than Champagne and their aging potential is also generally lower.

There are a total of six AOC Crémant. The top production region, accounting for almost half of all production, is the AOC Crémant d'Alsace. The most commonly used grapes here are Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Auxerrois and Chardonnay. Then there is Crémant de Bourgogne, a smaller region, where most of the sparkling wine comes from Côte Chalonnaise and is made mostly using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Then we have the Crémant de Loire made with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Finally, and produced in smaller amounts, is the Crémant de Limoux, du Jura, Bordeaux, de Die and de Savoie.

There are some great Crémant makers like Kreydenweiss in Alsace, Beaufort Frères in Burgundy, and Domaine de la Taille aux Loups in the Loire Valley.

French sparkling wines can also be classified by production method, by sugar content and by the level of pressure from the carbon dioxide in the wine.

Classifications

The Traditional or Champenoise Method: for this method, the wine is first vinified in tanks and then undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle. This second fermentation and the time the wine spends aging on lees and stacked make these wines creamier and give them a well integrated bubble. Finally it is disgorged, the sediment is removed, and then expedition liqueur (mixture of wine and sugar) can be added, or not, and this will make it more or less sweet. The make up of the expedition liqueur is usually a closely guarded secret that gives the wines from each producer a unique touch. All champagne and Crémants are made in this way. It is considered the highest quality method. The Charmat or Granvas Method: for this method, the second fermentation takes place in closed tanks. It is not as delicate as the Champenoise method but it is cheaper.

The Ancient Method: this was the first method ever used to make sparkling wines. It involves bottling the must before it finishes alcoholic fermentation, allowing the process to finish in the bottle. Many producers, especially those dedicated to producing natural wines, are now reviving this method. These wines are usually made unfiltered, so they contain sediments and must be served carefully to keep them out of the glass.

Classification by amount of sugar added in the expedition liqueur:

-Brut nature: no expedition liqueur added.

-Extra-brut: contains up to 6 gr of sugar / litre.

-Brut: contains up to 15 gr of sugar / litre.

-Extra-sec: contains 12 gr to 20 gr of sugar / litre.

-Sec: contains 17 g to 35 gr of sugar / litre.

-Demi-sec: contains 33 gr to 50 gr of sugar / litre.

-Doux: contains more than 50 gr of sugar / litre.

By level of pressure from the carbon dioxide in the wine:

-Vin perlant: this is a very lightly sparkling wine. It contains more than one gram of carbon dioxide gas per litre of wine.

-Vin pétillant: the pressure of the CO2 in these wines is between 1 and 2.5 bars. This pressure is obtained by using the Ancient Method. This category also includes some cremants.

-Vin mousseux: sparkling wine. The pressure of the dissolved carbon dioxide gas is greater than 3 bars. This group of French sparkling wines is home to the most prestigious and high-quality wines: Champagne and Cremant.

As you can see, there is a wide range of French sparkling wines that are classified by production method or where they come from, from the glamorous champagne, through to the sharp crémant from Alsace to the curious ancient wines from small producers. Did you already know all about them? Which would you choose?