WINES : FRANCE

Ah, France. Thousands of years of experience can’t be wrong. And they certainly make for some epic, dramatic, exciting, and downright delicious stories (not to mention bottles—oh, the bottles!). Ma mére is the gold standard, the place where it all truly began (Mesopotamia, shmesopotamia!). The country from which most, if not all, other wine producing nations, for better or worse, find themselves making comparison. After all, France has kindly given us the crown jewels of Bordeaux; Burgundy, and Champagne. And if that weren’t enough (and, boy, wouldn’t it be??!), there’s so much more.

France has given us the delicious Rhone, both north and southerly in charm; it has given us the bountiful Loire, with its beauteous bounty of food-loving Muscadets, Chenins, Chinons, and Sancerres. It has given us the pretty pinks of Provence, the boot-strap bounty of Languedoc. The aromatic whites of Alsace, and the jaunty juice from Jura. France has given us so much venerable vin (not to mention the model of all models on how to classify it and show it at its very best), it boggles the mind and confounds the palate. How could so much stellar liquid sustenance come from one place?

Well, in large part because of its location, which is pretty magical when you think about just Chablis’ perfect chalky, limestone soils, or the heat-holding pudding stones of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wind-blocking pine forests of Bordeaux, the fossil-laden lands of Sancerre, or the perfect botrytis-loving storm of morning humidity and dry afternoons in Sauternes.

And for all its dusty old-world charm and pomp, France is full of surprises, too. Just when you think you know her so well, she’ll throw you a Minervois that turns your head, or a crémant that makes you cry with joy. Yup, that’s France—it’s charms are endless and thank goodness is bottles are, too.

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Domaine d'Alzipratu 'Calvi Pumonte' Blanc Corsica 2014 (750ML)

Domaine d'Alzipratu 'Calvi Pumonte' Blanc Corsica 2014 (750ML)

$21.47

"White Pumonte comes from two parcels totaling 3 hectares Vermentinu. The grapes harvested by hand, undergo a cold macer...

Domaine d'Alzipratu 'Calvi Pumonte' Rouge Corsica 2013 (750ML)

Domaine d'Alzipratu 'Calvi Pumonte' Rouge Corsica 2013 (750ML)

$22.99

"The red Pumonte from a selection of plots representing 4 hectares of old Sciacarellu and Niellucciu. These vines are pl...

Thierry Richoux Cremant de Bourgogne NV (750ml)

Thierry Richoux Cremant de Bourgogne NV (750ml)

$19.99

"Richoux feels these north-facing high-altitude parcels are ideal for Cremant as acidity is key! This Irancy Blancs de N...

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Chateau la Canorgue Luberon Rouge 2014 (750ML)

Chateau la Canorgue Luberon Rouge 2014 (750ML)

$16.99

"A truly transporting wine with beautiful dark, spicy fruits, classic garrigue aromas and flavors of wild Provencale her...

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Jean Yves Peron 'Roche Blanc' Jacquere  Vin de France 2012 (Natural) (750ml)

Jean Yves Peron 'Roche Blanc' Jacquere Vin de France 2012 (Natural) (750ml)

$39.97

What: 100% Jacquere, natural yeast ferment, no S02. None.

Where: Savoie (the Alps! the Alps!), France.

Why: Two things...

Alsace

Albert Boxler 'Brand' Grand Cru Pinot Gris Alsace 2011 (750ML)

Albert Boxler 'Brand' Grand Cru Pinot Gris Alsace 2011 (750ML)

$72.97

"Bright straw. White peach, honey, resin and flint on the nose. Rich and expansive, with pure mirabelle and delicate smo...

Alsace

Albert Boxler 'Sommerberg' Grand Cru Riesling Alsace 2011 - 91+pts Vinous  (750ML)

Albert Boxler 'Sommerberg' Grand Cru Riesling Alsace 2011 - 91+pts Vinous (750ML)

$72.97

"from 35-to-40-year-old vines planted in the mid-slope portion of this grand cru): Medium-deep yellow. Very deep, comple...

Alsace

Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc Alsace 2012 (750ML)

Albert Boxler Pinot Blanc Alsace 2012 (750ML)

$25.97

The small family domaine in France that works traditionally using techniques and savoir faire passed down across multipl...

Alsace

Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Alsace 2011 (750ml)

Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Alsace 2011 (750ml)

$34.97

"Gorgeous aromatics, palate-coating unctuous fruit that remains light on its feet, wonderful purity,
granitic freshness,...

Alsace

Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace 2012 (750ML)

Albert Boxler Riesling Alsace 2012 (750ML)

$36.97

"Sommerberg granite, sur lie aging in large cask, delivers a stunning expression of racy Alsatian Riesling. The very low...

Alsace

Albert Mann Muscat Dry White 2011 (750ML)

Albert Mann Muscat Dry White 2011 (750ML)

$19.97

"Bottle with a great expression of the grape variety. Fruity and brilliant, we crunch the grape. Well-balanced wine and ...

Alsace

Hugel 'Classic' Riesling Alsace 2014 - 90pts Vinous (750ml)

Hugel 'Classic' Riesling Alsace 2014 - 90pts Vinous (750ml)

$18.99

"Pale yellow-green. Nectarine, green apple and medicinal herbs on the nose. Juicy, spicy and energetic in the mouth, sho...

Alsace

Hugel 'Gentil' White Field Blend Alsace 2014 (750ML)

Hugel 'Gentil' White Field Blend Alsace 2014 (750ML)

$11.97

Hugel's "Gentil" (a field blend of just about every grape under the Alsatian sun with distinctly pinot gris profile) is ...

Ardeche

Caprice du Chameau 'La Vrille et Le Papillon' Viognier Ardeche 2012 (750ML)

Caprice du Chameau 'La Vrille et Le Papillon' Viognier Ardeche 2012 (750ML)

$18.99

"The grapes for Caprice du Chameau is the same as is used for Z Blanc - 100 % Viognier . This edition did not use wooden...

Bandol

Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2010 - 95pts WA (750ML)

Chateau de Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2010 - 95pts WA (750ML)

$44.97

Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate originally gave this wine 94pts but after re-tasting it Jeb gave it 95pts! This is an insta...

Bandol

Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen 'Longue Garde' Bandol 2010 - 91pts WS (750ML)

Chateau Jean-Pierre Gaussen 'Longue Garde' Bandol 2010 - 91pts WS (750ML)

$28.99

"This is starting to unwind, with bay leaf, lavender and rosemary notes emerging from the core of steeped plum, blackber...

Basque

Txopinondo Sagarnoa Basque Cider NV (750ML)

Txopinondo Sagarnoa Basque Cider NV (750ML)

$11.99

What: Unknown Apple Varieties from The French Basque Country.

Where: Pays Basque, Southwest France.

Why: Because this ...

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