French wines

France is arguably the benchmark by which wines from anywhere else are judged. The diversity in climate and landscape makes wines of every conceivable style. There's the revered Bordeaux region, of course, setting the gold standard for Cabernet Sauvignon. Then there's the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of Burgundy, but which also go into some Champagne, further to the northeast. And we haven't even mentioned the Loire or Rhône valleys, or indeed Cabardes, surrounding Carcassonne, a region infused with Mediterranean and Atlantic grapes and styles.