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Italy commonly garners attention as the most fruitful of all wine producing countries (pun partially intended), but it could be argued that France is not far beyond it in terms of overall product value. In fact, France produces ten of the most expensive wines in the world.

But France’s wines are far more than just expensive; their high price tags tend to reflect bold flavors and a variety of satisfying pairing possibilities.

Here are a few of France’s best wines.


Chateau Latour

A fine cabernet sauvignon-based wine, Chateau Latour is known to last decades, and it is better consumed after such a period of time (most people consume this wine too young). However, the wine’s taste is well worth your patience, or your efforts in finding an older bottle. Bordeaux is said to owe a fair amount of its reputation to this brand alone.


Domaine Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne

Be warned — Domaine Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne is one expensive wine, ranking among France’s most expensive brands — a bottle will typically run you well over $2,000. Again, though, this price is justified, as most Domaine Coche Dury wines in general are heavily coveted for their quality. The wine is described as a “pure treat.”


Chateau Simone Palette Rouge

Commonly labeled as one of France’s most unique wine brands, Chateau Simone Palette Rouge provides tastes that are truly one of a kind. It is said to contain “deeply nuanced fruit, earth, and spice flavors” that are unmatched compared to wines all over the world. Additionally, unlike the previously mentioned Domaine Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne, this wine is a little bit more affordable to purchase on a whim.


Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon has developed a reputation over the years thanks to its presence in a variety of television shows and films. This wine’s popularity comes as no surprise, as it is said to have bold, unforgettable flavor. It is best to enjoy to just enjoy this wine rather than reading too much about it beforehand — simply partake in what everyone has been talking about and join initiated fanbase.


Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes

Made at nearly every vintage in France, Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes is a “golden nectar” that is sweet enough to leave a lasting impression on a drinker’s lips, while also keeping itself from becoming overpowering. This memorable wine is definitely affordable — by comparison — and though it is fairly rare, the search for a bottle is absolutely worth it.