WINES : FRANCE - Page 7

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.

256 products in this category, displaying products 145 to 168.

Loire Valley

Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles Sec 2017 (750ml)

Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles Sec 2017 (750ml)

$34.99
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Aged on its lees in stainless steel until bottling in March

Loire Valley

Gauthier Domaine du Bel Air Jour de Soif Bourgueil 2018 (750ml)

Gauthier Domaine du Bel Air Jour de Soif Bourgueil 2018 (750ml)

$15.99
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Distributor Notes:
"The Jour de Soif (Thirsty Day) bottling from Pierre Gauthier is really a beautiful bottle of Bourgue...

Loire Valley

Guiberteau Saumur Rouge Les Arboises Monopole Breze 2013

Guiberteau Saumur Rouge Les Arboises Monopole Breze 2013

$45.97

When one has been at something for a long time, there is no greater gift than to find oneself as dumbstruck as a novice,...

Loire Valley

Le Sot de l'Ange Jardin à la Boulaudière Cot Aziaum Azay-le-Rideau Rouge Loire 2015 Biodynamic

Le Sot de l'Ange Jardin à la Boulaudière Cot Aziaum Azay-le-Rideau Rouge Loire 2015 Biodynamic

$29.99

100% Côt (destemmed) on Argil Silex from a single vineyard. Pressed into cement vats and finished in Terracotta Amphora...

Loire Valley

Les Tetes 'Tete Au Bois Dormant' Sparkling White NV  (750ML)

Loire Valley

Maison Foucher Chais St Laurent 'La Vigne en Veron' Chinon 2017 (750ml)

Maison Foucher Chais St Laurent 'La Vigne en Veron' Chinon 2017 (750ml)

$12.99

What: 100% Cabernet Franc

Where: Chinon, Loire Valley, France

Why: Because this is an amazing value for anyone looking...

Loire Valley

Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 2014 (750ML)

Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 2014 (750ML)

$26.99
$24.97
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94 pts John Gilman’s View From the Cellar, Issue #77
"...made from fifty-plus year-old vines in the heart of this exce...

Loire Valley

Olga Raffault Chinon Rose 2018 (1.5L)

Olga Raffault Chinon Rose 2018 (1.5L)

$44.99
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100% Cabernet Franc that is organically farmed. Direct-press rosé from estate vines on sandy, gravelly soils along the ...

Loire Valley

Olga Raffault Chinon Rose 2018 (750ML)

Olga Raffault Chinon Rose 2018 (750ML)

$21.99
$17.97
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Winery Notes:
This rose is tends to be dry and amplifies all its fruity on its fine lees to be tasted from its first you...

Loire Valley

Remy Pannier 'Vallee des Jardins' Vouvray 2016 (750ml)

Remy Pannier 'Vallee des Jardins' Vouvray 2016 (750ml)

$15.97

"Bright gold. Richly fragrant with hints of ripe pear, honey and brioche. Harmonious and delicately sweet, with flavors ...

Loire Valley - Muscadet

Domaine de l'Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2017 (750ML)

Domaine de l'Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2017 (750ML)

$21.99
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Winemaker Notes:
"An elegant nose with pronounced notes of mineral, flint, silex, citrus fruits and oyster shells. The a...

Loire Valley - Muscadet

Domaine de la Pepiere Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2017 (750ml)

Domaine de la Pepiere Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2017 (750ml)

$13.97

If we had our way, fish stores would include a bottle of Muscadet with every dozen oysters sold. But barring new regulat...

Loire Valley - Muscadet

Haut du Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2017 (750ml)

Haut du Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie 2017 (750ml)

$10.99

30-60 year old vines located north of the Lac de Grandlieu.
Traditional vinification: must settles for 48 hours and fer...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Blanc 2017 (750ml)

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Blanc 2017 (750ml)

$17.77

What: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Where: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France.

Why: Because this is on the money for classic Sance...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Rouge 2015 (.750ml)

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Rouge 2015 (.750ml)

$18.97

What: 100% Pinot Noir

Where: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France.

Why: Because what’s even rarer than red sancerre? Red s...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol 2018 (750ml)

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2017 (750ml)

Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2017 (750ml)

$25.99

Winemaker Notes:
The grapes for this basic cuvée of Sancerre are sourced from the vineyards in Bué, Vinon and Crézanc...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Sylvain Bailly Sancerre Terroirs 2017

Sylvain Bailly Sancerre Terroirs 2017

$19.99

Vineyard: 20+ year old vines from the village of Bue, but also extending into Sancerre, Amigny, Crezancy and Montigny. P...

Macon

Merlin Macon-La Roche Vineuse Chardonnay 2016 (750ml)

Merlin Macon-La Roche Vineuse Chardonnay 2016 (750ml)

$23.99
$19.97
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#61 on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2018!

92 pts Wine Spectator
Complex, exhibiting saline and mineral element...

Margaux

Chateau D'Issan Margaux 1986 (750ML)

Chateau D'Issan Margaux 1986 (750ML)

$179.97

"This wine is exhibiting considerable amber and orange at the edges of its uninspiring medium ruby/garnet color. The nos...

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