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Famous French wines

There are perhaps three wines that are most famous in France:
The Château Margaux began wine production in 1750 and covers about 100 hectares (250 acres) producing about 300,000 bottles per year. The quality of the Château’s wine is always exceptional.

Château Pétrus produces one of the finest wines in France due to its exceptional soil. It is a very small producer with only 11.5 hectares (slightly less than 30 acres). It was virtually unknown before the Second World War but since then has risen to fame being favoured by the rich and discerning.

On just 1.8 hectares (5 acres) in Burgundy lies Romanée-Conti which produces the best Pinot Noir in the world. Apart from the tiny area the vines are treated in such a way as to produce the best possible grapes, at the cost of very low yield. With quantity sacrificed for quality you get a superb wine.

Another wine, famous for its age – or lack of it – is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is a very lightweight red wine which is fermented for only a few weeks and then released, officially, on the third Thursday of November. Poor vintages don’t last past Christmas though good ones might continue to be drinkable for a year. From time to time there is a fad for getting hold of and drinking a Beaujolais Nouveau as fast as possible. A good Beaujolais costs less and tastes better.

We should probably mention the most famous French wine of all time: sparkling Champagne used to celebrate every event that’s worth celebrating. The big question is usually: How do they get the bubbles into champagne? The traditional method is to ferment the wine a second time in the bottle itself. The method used for Asti-type champagnes is to do the second fermentation in tanks and then bottled.