WINES : FRANCE - Page 5

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.

191 products in this category, displaying products 97 to 120.

Loire Valley

Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2018 (750ML)

Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2018 (750ML)

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If you hear your swirly, sniffy friends discussing the topic of minerality in wine and find yourself wondering what rock...

Loire Valley

Francois Cazin 'Le Petit Chambord' Cheverny Blanc 2018 (750ml)

Francois Cazin 'Le Petit Chambord' Cheverny Blanc 2018 (750ml)

$15.97

"A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, the Cazin Cheverny features bright citrus aromas and complex mineral...

Loire Valley

Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles Sec 2017 (750ml)

Francois Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles Sec 2017 (750ml)

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Aged on its lees in stainless steel until bottling in March

Loire Valley

Maison Foucher Chais St Laurent 'La Vigne en Veron' Chinon 2018 (750ml)

Maison Foucher Chais St Laurent 'La Vigne en Veron' Chinon 2018 (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)

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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 2019 (750ML)

Olga Raffault Chinon Rose 2019 (750ML)

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Organic

Review is on the 2018 vintage.
91 pts Vinous
Limpid orange. Lively and sharply focused on the nose, displaying ...

Loire Valley

Remy Pannier 'Vallee des Jardins' Vouvray 2017 (750ml)

Remy Pannier 'Vallee des Jardins' Vouvray 2017 (750ml)

$15.97

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

Loire Valley

Thierry Chardon Les Chardons Touraine, Gamay 2019 (750ml)

Thierry Chardon Les Chardons Touraine, Gamay 2019 (750ml)

$14.99

Organic

100% hand harvested, native yeast, certified organic gamay from Touraine (Loire Valley). A fresh, crunchy littl...

Loire Valley - Muscadet

Domaine de l'Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2018 (750ML)

Domaine de l'Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2018 (750ML)

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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 2018 (750ml)

Domaine de la Pepiere Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2018 (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

Domaine Luneau Papin Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Allees Vieilles Vignes 2018 (750ml)

Domaine Luneau Papin Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Allees Vieilles Vignes 2018 (750ml)

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#71 on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2019!
91 pts Wine Spectator
Very pure, showing a bit of richness, with a si...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Blanc 2019 (750ml)

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Blanc 2019 (750ml)

$17.97

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 2017 (.750ml)

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Rouge 2017 (.750ml)

$21.97

What: 100% Pinot Noir

Where: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France.

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

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Domaine Michel Girault Les Beaux Regards Sancerre 2017 (750ML)

Domaine Michel Girault Les Beaux Regards Sancerre 2017 (750ML)

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"Clear pale gold color. Concentrated nose with notes of citrus and exotic fruits. Aromas full of finesse in the mouth. F...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol 2019 (750ml)

Gerard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol 2019 (750ml)

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Organic

A clear, pure, well defined, and concentrated example of Sancerre. Stunningly aromatic bouquet that comes along...

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2018 (750ml)

Lucien Crochet Sancerre 2018 (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

Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose 2018 (750ml)

Loire Valley - Sancerre

Sylvain Bailly Sancerre La Croix Saint Ursin  2018 (750ml)

Sylvain Bailly Sancerre La Croix Saint Ursin 2018 (750ml)

$21.99

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

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...

Margaux

Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2009 (750ML)

Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2009 (750ML)

$104.99
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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 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

Chateau Prieure Lichine Margaux 2015 (750ml)

Chateau Prieure Lichine Margaux 2015 (750ml)

$54.99
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95 pts Vinous
The 2015 Prieuré-Lichine has really come together over the last two years. Sumptuous, bold and racy, with...

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