Jura and Savoie: From the sun and surf of Provence and Corsica, the landscape of Jura and Savoie turns to Alps and lakes. Jura lies to the east, between Burgundy and Switzerland, and is home to some unusual wine styles, including Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille ("straw wine"), a rare, long-lived, sweet wine made from grapes dried on straw mats. The producers of Jura also like to punch up the Burgundian varietals Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with local grapes Trousseau and Poulsard. The vineyards of Savoie cling to the mountainside near Grenoble, and produce delicate whites and reds ranging from light to gutsy.
Muscadet: The eponymous wine of the region, Muscadet, is neutral in flavor, very dry, yet high in acid. It is also low in alcohol, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to the local oysters and shellfish. The one with the most character is Muscadet de Sevre et Maine. Look for the notation "sur lie" on the bottle, which means the wine has been left on its lees in the tank or barrel, creating flavor and richness.
Provence and Corsica
Provence & Corsica: Good producers striving for quality can be found in these areas which tend to be known more for tourism than fine winemaking. Look for appellations such as Cassis, Bandol, Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence, Cotes de Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence. On Corsica, good individual ACs include Patrimonio and Cateaux du Cap Corse.