Despite challenges from wine regions from all-comers of the world, France is still far and away the finest wine producing nation in the world. Its famous regions – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Rhône (Northern Rhône and Southern Rhône), Alsace and increasingly Languedoc Roussillon – produce what many consider to be the finest wines of their type in the world.
Numerous grape varieties are cultivated in France, including both internationally well-known and obscure local varieties. Most of the so-called "international varieties" are of French origin.
Most varieties of grape are primarily associated with a certain region, such as Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and Syrah in Rhône, although there are some varieties that are found in two or more regions, such as Chardonnay in Burgundy (including Chablis) and Champagne, and Sauvignon Blanc in Loire and Bordeaux.
Bancroft has direct relationships with some of the finest producers from the classic regions of France with Burgundy and Rhone the real spine of our portfolio. In Bordeaux, we have recently become the exclusive importer for The Rolland collection, world renowned oenologist Michel Rolland’s portfolio of family owned estates including the iconic Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol and Fontenil in Fronsac. Languedoc Roussillon continues to produce some fantastic wines which delivery superb value-for-money, with Chateau de la Negly leading the way with an astonishing range of wines.