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French Wines

Whatever those pesky historians may tell you, France will always be considered the home of wine. Wine is so engrained in this country that we are surprised that their motto has not been updated to “Liberté, egalité, fraternité, vinosité”. It was l’Hexagone that introduced the world to terroir (the sense of place of wine), which gave birth to wine laws and wine regions as we now know them today. And they didn’t stop there; they are the biggest wine producing nation on the planet, offering a diversity of wine that is unparalleled...From the glamour of Champagne to the almost Germanic Alsace, from the elegance of Burgundy to the power of the Rhône and the south, from the delicacy of Provence rose to the richness of their dessert wines, from the famous reds of Bordeaux to the equally famous whites of the Loire, it may sound clichéd, but there is something for everyone “en France”.

And who is the biggest importer of French wine? Us, the UK, that’s who. So although they may give the impression that they don’t care what you think (with their aloofness and their “bof!”), deep down they do.  But if asked what our favourite thing about France and its wine is, we’d have to say their hand gesture to suggest that someone else is maybe a little drunk (this is done by making a fist and holding it to the centre of your face, as if singing into a microphone with your nose, and then twisting clockwise). Everything about French wine is cool.

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  • Château Coussin Rosé 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Delicate, poised and flawlessly elegant this rose carries the complexion of Grace Kelly.
  • Domaine Condamine Syrah/Mourvèdre 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    This Syrah/Mourvèdres has mouth-watering fruit purity, balanced out by savoury complexity, decent acidity and smooth tannins.
  • Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Made entirely organically, this is an all-natural southern French rosé with aromas of rose hip, wild strawberries and white peaches.
  • César à Sumeire Rosé 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    César is thrilling and vivacious, with elegant notes of jasmine and wild rose. This is Provençal rosé at the top of its game.
  • Domaine de Coudoulet Pinot Noir 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    No goblins were harmed in the making or drinking of this wine. Some facts(if any), have been somewhat playfully distorted.

  • Domaine de Coudoulet Viognier 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    This silky white wine gives you everything you want from a Viognier - without having to sell an organ to afford it.
  • Libre Cours Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Balance, fruitiness and drinkability, just some of the words to describe this truly delightful pink!

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  • Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    £22.00

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    Domaine Alain Geoffroy have let Oddbins in on a little-known secret about a certain singer-songwriter and this Chabli...
  • Alain Geoffroy Petite Chablis White Wine France

    Alain Geoffroy Petite Chablis 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Imagine (insert here your favourite actor) dressed in white linen emerging from an orchard swinging a basket of fresh...
  • Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose

    Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Brouilly, one of the most well-known and geographically widespread vineyards in the Beaujolais region, is home to a s...
  • Albert Bichot Chablis french wine

    Albert Bichot Chablis 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Albert Bichot's family wine business goes back a whopping six generations. That means that they were making wine when...
  • Albert Bichot Meursault 2013 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Meursault 2013

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Meursault is the silk-clad Prince Charming of Burgundy; it is an idyllic village, known to wine lovers everywhere for...
  • Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    From a region that cannot and will not be ignored, this Beaujolais...hang on a minute, don't be like that. Stick arou...
  • Bougrier Anjou Chenin Blanc White Wine

    Bougrier Anjou Chenin 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Like the Clan MacLeod in epic 1980s sci-fi/fantasy, Highlander, the Bougrier family have been around for a long time....
  • Bougrier Muscadet 2016

    Bougrier Muscadet 2016

    £8.25

    £8.25

    Sometimes in life you just want to keep things simple. Your furniture minimalist, your walls whitewashed, your white...
  • Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2016

    Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Ah, summertime, when the living is easy, fish are jumping and it's time for rose wine - or something along those line...
  • Sancerre Bougrier 2015 white wine

    Bougrier Sancerre 2016

    £16.00

    £16.00

    This wine is so fist-thumpingly fresh, so buttock-clenchingly minerally, so eye-poppingly citrusy that, if you try it...
  • Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Vintage White Wine

    Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that you have to go to the New World to get really good value in the classic F...
  • Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The family Bougrier were, by tradition, agricultural scientists. Their incredible achievements include the invention ...
  • Bourgogne Blanc Posanges 2015

    Bourgogne Blanc Posanges 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    You might think that Burgundy is a bit stuck in its ways. There's often coats-of-arms on the bottles and wine making ...
  • Bourgogne Rouge Posanges 2015

    Bourgogne Rouge Posanges 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    One of Burgundy's charms is it's so difficult to get right, it's an unforgiving climate and Pinot Noir is a fragile h...
  • Cesar a Sumeire Rosé Wine France

    César à Sumeire Rosé 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    In the world of Provencal rosés, as with Victorian make-up, the general rule is the paler the better. This doe...
  • Cotes Du Rhone 'Blason' Esterzagues French Red Wine
    No matter how rugged someone thinks they are- everyone wants to hide under a favourite blanket at some point. This C&...
  • Cabaret Rosé 2016

    Cabaret Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014*** It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite ano...
  • Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum - Rosé Wine

    Cabaret Rosé 2016 - Magnum

    Now £20.00

    Was £24.00

    £20.00

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014*** It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite ano...
  • 'Fleurie' Cave de Fleurie Beaujolais 2015 French Red Wine

    Cave de Fleurie Beaujolais 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    When the people of Fleurie want good, powerful and complex wine there is only one place they will go: Cave de Fleurie...
  • Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013 Red Wine

    Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Like the teacher at school who really understood how to get the best out of you, this Bordeaux is both serious and st...
  • Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £30.00

    £30.00

    The marvellous thing about good Saint-Estèphe is the flood of minerality that can streak through it and the am...
  • Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château Carignan Cadillac 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they ...
  • Château Cesseras 'Cuvée Olric' Minervois 2014

    Château Cesseras 'Cuvée Olric' Minervois 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Minervois is a region that has been making wine as far back as the Romans and beyond. In fact, the name derives from ...
  • Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    Château Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    £130.00

    £130.00

    Baron Phillippe De Rothschild is not just a name on a fancy Bordeaux bottle. Along with his global success as a wine...
  • Château Coussin Rosé 2016 Vintage Wine

    Château Coussin Rosé 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Human lives are full of eureka moments. These run the gamut from the earth-shattering "the world is not flat" or "he/...
  • Chateau De Ciffre St Chinian 2016

    Château De Ciffre St Chinian 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    It can be demanding work being vegan; people are constantly trying to feed you stuffed peppers, Mo Farah is always on...
  • Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc Red Wine

    Château de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    The head Abbot of Haut-Médoc was utterly fed up. The vow of silence and bowl hair cuts was getting very tediou...
  • Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013 White Wine

    Château de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Did you know that Geoffrey Chaucer came from a long line of Vintners, based in Ipswich and London? In fact, his famil...
  • Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac Red Wine

    Château de Ricaud Cadillac 2012

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Cadillac luxury car became so popular in America that the term 'The Cadillac of...' meant the best thing in that ...
  • Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Believe it or not, this Chateau was once owned by Benedictine monks. Shocking we know, it's almost as if not owning p...
  • Château Gloria Saint Julien

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2012

    £45.00

    £45.00

    Balanced. Firm. Smoky. Heady. Herby. Fruit-forward. Subtle. These are just words. Or are they? What is a word? Can a ...
  • Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2014

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    This wine is a serendipitous find for Oddbins and a lovely drop it is too. It is the sister wine to Château Gui...
  • Chateau Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur

    Château Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    The Chateau de Haute-Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Malbec is very dark in colour, with highlights of crimson. This excepti...
  • Chateau Jalousie 2015

    Château Jalousie 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Château Jalousie have just gone straight to the to the top of our popularity list for lightening up our day wit...
  • Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Château La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Now £52.00

    Was £55.00

    £52.00

    This red wine has the musician Tom Waits written all over it. Apparently, some of his instruments enjoy a nice claret...
  • Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    £26.00

    £26.00

    What does this lovely Bordeaux and the brilliant electronic artist Aphex Twin have in common? They both use Rollands ...
  • Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre Cahors

    Château Lafleur de Haute Serre-Cahors 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Chateau Lafleur de Haute-Serre is gives such pleasure to the consumer, much like a fine novel it is a wine that you w...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before ...
  • Château Le Virou Carmel d'Aiguevives Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye 2012
    We say the following with the utmost affection for Château le Virou, as they are clearly very capable winemaker...
  • Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Oh spare us the "better when it was rough-and-ready" nostalgia. We remember city centres where, once upon a time, it ...
  • Chateau Mont Redon
    In these frenetic, gadget-crazed times, a day without an iPhone can be considered an utter disaster. However, we say nay...
  • Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Chateau Citran say of their old and noble house "as soon as you pass the porch, you can feel calm and harmony all ove...
  • Chateau Peyrabon Haut-Medoc Red Wine

    Château Peyrabon Haut-Medoc 2002

    £18.50

    £18.50

    A bit like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during his WWE days - a big, round and powerful palate with plenty of grip. But ...
  • Château Placelière Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
    Muscadet is a gentle soul; kind of like the Joni Mitchell of the wine world; and its playful floral, citrusy charm ha...
  • Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2011

    Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    'Plaisance' means 'pleasure' in English, and boy, is that a fitting name for this Bordeaux beauty. Smooth as silk, wi...
  • Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    £25.00

    £25.00

    From the sunny southern slopes of St. Emilion Grand Cru, how appetisingly alliterative. Grown in a coveted part of Bo...
  • Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

    Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Don't just reserve your decanter for special occasions; nearly all wines will benefit from the special treatment. How...
  • Chateau Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion Red Wine France

    Château Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Have you seen the film Searching for Sugarman? If not, then we recommend you do; it's a masterpiece, but it means thi...

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