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Types of French White Wines

France is a country that is known for its wide array of wines, both red and white varieties. French wines come in a variety of styles such as dry and sweet and those which are sparkling and non-sparkling. There are a number of wonderful French white wines which are favored not only in the country itself but around the world. Some of these more famous varieties will be discussed.

Chardonnay

A popular white wine variety which many are familiar with is Chardonnay. Chardonnay wine from France is especially exceptional as a rule. Chardonnay comes in a variety of tastes and body style which provides one with a wealth of options when it comes to selecting the Chardonnay which pleases them the most. Many of the Chardonnay types produced in France are crisp and clean in nature. Some have a fruity overtone while others have woodsy attributes. If one is looking to pair a French white wine with a meal, Chardonnay is an excellent choice as it goes nicely with many different entrée selections.

Sauvignon Blanc

Another type of French white wine is Sauvignon Blanc. This type of wine is similar in certain aspects to Chardonnay yet may tend to be more on the drier side when compared with its white wine counterparts. Many of the Sauvignon Blanc varieties of the French region have the essence of fruit and floral components to them. This too is a wonderful white wine choice for a variety of meal selections.

Chablis

A less dry variety of French white wine which may appeal to those who prefer a sweeter tasting wine is Chablis. This wine is produced in the Burgundy region and is quite popular in the area and around the world as well. Chablis is produced by using Chardonnay grapes and the finished product is one which is fruity and slightly dry, although not nearly as dry as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a wonderful wine to pair with food items such as fish, poultry, shellfish and pork.

Champagne

When individuals discuss the topic of Champagne, the country of France automatically comes to mind. France is a premier producer of Champagne and there are many different varieties produced in the Champagne region. There are often three different types of grapes included in Champagne production which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This sparkling wine is perfect for any type of celebration or simply to have as an accompaniment to a meal entrée such as shellfish and fish as well as a great wine to drink while tasting cheeses.

France is definitely a front-runner when it comes to white wine production and one is certain to find a French white wine which strikes their fancy.

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