WINES : FRANCE - Page 6

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.

237 products in this category, displaying products 121 to 144.

Loire Valley

Domaine aux Moines Savennieres-Roche aux Moines 2015 (750ML)

Domaine aux Moines Savennieres-Roche aux Moines 2015 (750ML)

$29.99

Organic

9.6 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on hillsides along the Loire River. South and southwest facing. The Soil is ...

Loire Valley

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2016 (750ml)

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2016 (750ml)

$34.99
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93 pts Wine Spectator
Piercing and pure, with pear, green apple and green almond notes carried by a sleek, minerally edg...

Loire Valley

Domaine du Pas St. Martin La Pierre Frite Saumur Rouge 2017 (750ml)

Domaine du Pas St. Martin La Pierre Frite Saumur Rouge 2017 (750ml)

$18.99
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Domaine du Pas Saint Martin is located in primarily in Saumur, Loire Valley with vineyards primarily in Saumur, but also...

Loire Valley

Domaine Gibault Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc 2018 (750ML)

Domaine Gibault Touraine Chenonceaux Blanc 2018 (750ML)

$13.99

"Touraine Chenonceaux, from the Sauvignon blanc are of great aromatic intensity. They reveal ripe fruit aromas (citrus, ...

Loire Valley

Domaine Gibault Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (750ML)

Domaine Gibault Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (750ML)

$9.99

"Touraine Chenonceaux, from the Sauvignon blanc are of great aromatic intensity. They reveal ripe fruit aromas (citrus, ...

Loire Valley

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Sec 2018 (750ml)

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Sec 2018 (750ml)

$43.99
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93 pts Wine Spectator
Pure and expressive, with cardamom and verbena notes framing the core of yellow apple and quince f...

Loire Valley

Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Demi Sec 2017 (750ml)

Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Demi Sec 2017 (750ml)

$39.99

93 pts John Gilman
The 2017 Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec from Domaine Huët is excellent on both the nose and palate, offering ...

Loire Valley

Domaine la Grange Tiphaine Clef de Sol Blanc 2016 (750ml)

Domaine la Grange Tiphaine Clef de Sol Blanc 2016 (750ml)

$24.99
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Organic / Natural

100% Chenin Blanc from 80 year old vines.
Beautiful pale golden yellow. Notes of honeysuckle with pea...

Loire Valley

Domaine Philippe Tessier Cheverny Blanc 2018 (750ML)

Domaine Philippe Tessier Cheverny Blanc 2018 (750ML)

$19.99

ORGANIC / NATURAL

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Orbois

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

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

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 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 2012 (375ML)

Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 2012 (375ML)

$19.99

What: 100% Cabernet Franc.

Where: Chinon, Loire Valley, France.

Why: Because this is THE benchmark for Loire Valley Ca...

Loire Valley

Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 2013 (375ML)

Olga Raffault 'Les Picasses' Chinon 2013 (375ML)

$16.99

What: 100% Cabernet Franc.

Where: Chinon, Loire Valley, France.

Why: Because this is THE benchmark for Loire Valley Ca...

Loire Valley

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

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

$26.99
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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

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 - Muscadet

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

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

$18.99
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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 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 2016 (.750ml)

Domaine Jean-Paul Balland Sancerre Rouge 2016 (.750ml)

$18.97

What: 100% Pinot Noir

Where: Sancerre, Loire Valley, France.

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

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