WINES : FRANCE - Page 8

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 169 to 192.

Margaux

Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2009 (750ML)

Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2009 (750ML)

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"The 2009, which is inky blue/purple to the rim, is a final blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Ver...

Margaux

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery Margaux 2010 (750ML)

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery Margaux 2010 (750ML)

$112.97

"Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak,...

Margaux

Chateau Margaux Margaux 2010 (750ML)

Chateau Margaux Margaux 2010 (750ML)

$1,049.97

Paul Pontallier was rattling off some interesting statistics about Chateau Margaux. The 2000 (a great, great wine) was 1...

Margaux

Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux 2010 (750ml)

Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux Margaux 2010 (750ml)

$199.97

(Originally 90-92pts WA) "The second wine, the 2010 Pavillon Rouge (essentially two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the re...

Medoc

Chateau Sociando Mallet Medoc 1986 (750ML)

Chateau Sociando Mallet Medoc 1986 (750ML)

$179.97

"A powerful, rich wine as good as many cru classés. Inky color and intense vanilla, violet and cassis aromas; full-bodi...

Meursault

Faiveley Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 2015 (750ml) Vinous Media 90pts

Faiveley Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 2015 (750ml) Vinous Media 90pts

$79.99

Vinous Media 90 pts - Stephen Tanzer
Light, bright yellow. Brisk aromas of lemon, lime, ginger and crushed stone. Juicy,...

Minervois

Chateau Maris La Combes Grenache 2016 (750ML)

Chateau Maris La Combes Grenache 2016 (750ML)

$24.99

Certified Biodynamic - 100% Grenache

92 pts Wine Advocate
The Grenache-based 2016 Minervois Las Combes was bottled too ...

Minervois

Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2016 (750ML)

Chateau Maris Les Planels Syrah 2016 (750ML)

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Certified Biodynamic

91-93 pts Wine Advocate
A blend of Syrah and Grenache, the 2016 Minervois La Liviniere Les Planel...

Minervois

Chateau Maris Minervois La Touge 2017 (750ML)

Chateau Maris Minervois La Touge 2017 (750ML)

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88-90 pts Wine Advocate:
The 2017 Minervois la Liviniere La Touge is an approachable, medium-bodied blend of 70% Syrah a...

Minervois

Chateau Maris Oeuf Neuf Minervois La Liviniere Biodynamic 2010 (750ml)

Chateau Maris Oeuf Neuf Minervois La Liviniere Biodynamic 2010 (750ml)

$39.97

WA 90 - Jeb Dunnuck

Made from 100% Grenache that spent 999 days in concrete eggs, the just-bottled 2010 Minervois la Li...

Morey St. Denis

Forey Pere et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis 2013 (750ML)

Forey Pere et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis 2013 (750ML)

$49.99

"A discreet touch of wood sets off notes of more complex and more deeply pitched aromas of dark berries, humus and plum ...

Morey St. Denis

Forey Pere et Fils Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru 'Morey-St-Denis 1er' 2013 (750ML)

Forey Pere et Fils Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru 'Morey-St-Denis 1er' 2013 (750ML)

$79.97

"A deft touch of wood does not detract from the relatively elegant and complex aromas of both red and dark currant aroma...

Morey St. Denis

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2011 (750ml)

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte 2011 (750ml)

$139.97

"The 2011 Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte, a tiny parcel of 0.10-hectares at the foot of the incline that yields a pal...

Morey St. Denis

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Les Chaffots 2015 (750ml) 91-93pts VM

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Les Chaffots 2015 (750ml) 91-93pts VM

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91-93 pts Vinous Media
(vinified with 20% whole clusters; this vineyard is situated above Clos Saint-Denis, but tilted t...

Morey St. Denis

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Trilogie 2015 (750ml) 89-91pts VM

Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Trilogie 2015 (750ml) 89-91pts VM

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89-91 pts Vinous Media
(60% from 50+-year-old millerandé vines in Les Chenevery, the rest from Clos Solon and Les Porro...

Morey St. Denis

Lignier Michelot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru  'Les Chenevery' 2012 (750ml)

Lignier Michelot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru 'Les Chenevery' 2012 (750ml)

$112.97

Planted from 1952 to 1957. 50% de-stemmed, short cold pre-fermentation maceration, rapid de-vatting. 12 months aging in ...

Northern Rhone

Etienne Guigal 'La Turque' Cote-Rotie 2007 (750ML)

Etienne Guigal 'La Turque' Cote-Rotie 2007 (750ML)

$380.97

"The 2007 Cote Rotie La Turque’s inky/blue/purple color is followed by aromas of asphalt, charcoal, graphite, barbecue...

Northern Rhone

Etienne Guigal Cote Rotie "La Mouline" 2006 - 92-95pts WA  (750ML)

Etienne Guigal Cote Rotie "La Mouline" 2006 - 92-95pts WA (750ML)

$366.99

The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Cote Rotie La Mouline exhibits gorgeous notes of plum pudding, espresso roast, black ch...

Northern Rhone

Etienne Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline 2007 (750ML)

Etienne Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline 2007 (750ML)

$380.97

"A big step up, the 2007 Cote Rotie la Mouline boasts serious richness and depth, with a still tight, focused and youthf...

Northern Rhone

Jeanne Gaillard Syrah Vin de Pays Terres de Mandrin 2013

Jeanne Gaillard Syrah Vin de Pays Terres de Mandrin 2013

$12.99

Tasting Notes: Named for the French Robin Hood known as Louis Mandrin, and grown nearby the northern Rhone Valley appell...

Northern Rhone

Michel Chapoutier Les Greffieux Hermitage Red 2005 (750ML)

Michel Chapoutier Les Greffieux Hermitage Red 2005 (750ML)

$172.97

"The 2005 Ermitage Les Greffieux is a beauty, but it has to take a backseat to the 2006. It has an admirable creme de ca...

Nuits St. Georges

Forey Pere et Fils Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres' 2013 (750ml)

Forey Pere et Fils Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Perrieres' 2013 (750ml)

$86.97

From vines planted between 1937 and 1942.

This small but outstanding domaine was created in 1840 by the great-grandfath...

Nuits St. Georges

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Les Vaucrains' 2011 (750ml)

Henri Gouges Nuits St Georges 1er Cru 'Les Vaucrains' 2011 (750ml)

$119.99

A 1 ha mix of younger and older vines that average about 50+ years of age. The harvest is entirely destemmed and vinific...

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