The 25m-euro Hermione, whose namesake took troops and cash to aid revolt against English rule, set sail for Boston from France on Saturday.
The leader of France’s far-right Front National said it was 'malicious' to interpret her comments in a TV interview that way.
High-end English-language programming with French backers has quietly become de rigueur in Hollywood.
Hermione, a replica of the ship that took General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting British troops, takes to the waves on Sunday.
American consumers bought 29.1 million hectolitres of wine in 2013, while French consumption fell nearly 7 percent to 28.1 million hectolitres.