France is the most famous and leading wine country in the world. For centuries, wine has been made in large quantities, high quality and unique versatility. In France there are three quality groups where you can divide wine. The first group is "Vin de France". These are simple wines, also known as table wines. The second group is "Indication Géographique Protégée". This means that a wine comes from a certain region and this protects it against counterfeiting. Third, France was the first country to introduce a system of controlled designations of origin, and thus the law on appellations d’origine contrôlée (AOC) came into force in 1935. AOCs define the boundaries of a region of origin and the way in which the wine should be made. The wines in this group must meet strict requirements such as a certain age of the vines, harvesting techniques, certain grape varieties, the yield of grapes and the production area.
From the north to the south and the east to the west, there is no area in France without vines. It has a diversity of climates and very complex soils (terroirs). As a result, it offers a wide variety of quality wines, from many regions, made from various grape varieties. The most common grape varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Le Connaisseur sells a wide range of French wines from all famous French wine regions as Bourgogne, Rhone, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Alsace, Provence, Jura, Loire and Languedoc Roussillon.