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Finest French wines

French wine is categorised by the Appellation system which controls the quality, and allows the consumer to determine which are the best French wines. It works like this, there are four basic classifications in two groups of two. First are the table wines:

Vin de Table: These wines have just the name of the producer and the fact it was produced in France on the label.

Vin du Pays: Slightly better quality and have the name of the region on the label as well. These wines have to be tested and tasted to ensure they match the character of the wine from the area in which they are produced.

Then come the quality wines, QWPSR (Quality Wine Produced in a Specific Region):

VDQS (“Délimité de Qualité Supérieure”): which is mainly used for wines from less well-known regions and producers. Also for wines that are awaiting the next classification:

AOC (“Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée”): This is the ultimate classification, there are numerous restrictions and rules that wines have to pass to achieve this level, but the ones that do are the finest of French wines.

Now that you know that the finest wines are the AOC classification, the next question is what region is the best? Since all the AOC wines are of the best quality it becomes a matter of taste whether you want something from Burgundy or Bordeaux, or any others of the wine producing areas of France, perhaps a Bordeaux Superiere Chateau Berthenon Bordeaux Blanc Moelleux.

Check out our page on French wine-producing regions.