Our Top French Wines of 2022


Our Top French Wines of 2022

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Seeking some inspiration for the rest of your 2023 wine endeavors? Whether you’re curating your collection, hunting for the perfect gift bottle, or simply in pursuit of your next most memorable wine experience, Sotheby’s Retail Wine Team has put together a list of our top-performing French Wines from 2022 as an illuminating guide for the busier months ahead. Reflective of our discerning enthusiasts’ keen eye and well-rounded taste, we are confident the perfect match awaits your discovery in our latest collection of noteworthy favorites.

Champagne performed well on our list of top French wines last year, with sparkling blends like Krug's ‘Grande Cuvée’ 169th Edition claiming spots alongside Piper-Hiedsick’s value-forward prestige cuvée ‘Rare’ from 2007. The acclaimed, terroir-expressive grower Frédéric Savart rounds out the list with his 100% Pinot Noir ‘Ouverture.’ If you enjoyed Krug's ‘Grande Cuvée’ 169th Edition, we suspect you will also love the 170th Edition. Composed around a base of the 2014 harvest, this cuvée sees a slightly higher percentage of Pinot Noir, though just as irresistible.


Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin’s collection of Chablis was one of our enthusiasts’ favorites amongst still whites. Those who appreciate classic, steely Chablis in all its mineral splendor delight in Droin’s vast and extremely well-priced portfolio of top Premiers and Grands Crus sites. Our current selection covers the 2019 to 2021 vintages, including last year’s best-seller – 2019 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 'Vaillons' 1er Cru.

Also from Burgundy, moving further south to the reds of the Côte de Nuits, another top performer well deserving of recognition was Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier’s 'Clos de la Maréchale'. In this famed cuvée, Mugnier brings the sheen of Chambolle to his northernly Nuit-Saint-Georges Monopole. While the 2018 vintage saw the highest demand of 2022, don’t miss our current selection – an exciting array of vintages that span 2014 to 2019 in both standard and magnum formats.

As one may expect, the great First Growths of Bordeaux manage to find their way on our list every year. The iconic 2010 vintage from Château Haut-Brion was no exception for our collectors in 2022, with 2016 Château Margaux and the 2005 Château Mouton Rothschild following in familiar suit. We expect 2010 Château Haut-Brion will continue as a leading contender for 2023, alongside our current offerings of 2005 and 2009.

Curious to learn about the rest of the wines that made our Top French Wines of 2022 List? Peruse our top ten performers and our current recommendations for such in the collection below, or reach out to one of our specialists here at Sotheby’s Wine. We’ll be here, ready and eager to hear which selections make your very own top wine list for 2023!

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