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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.

Explore the South of France!

  • 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 2015

    £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

    £22.00

    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 Macon Pierreclos 2015 Red Burgundy

    Albert Bichot Mâcon Pierreclos 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Albert Bichot's family wine business goes back so far that it coincided with Beethoven composing his Fifth Symphony, ...
  • Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012

    £26.00

    £26.00

    And very saintly it is too! It is incredibly approachable, with a natural grace that seems to shine down from above. ...
  • Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé 2015

    Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé 2015

    £16.00

    £16.00

    The first traces of the Bichot family track back to 1214. They settled in Burgundy in 1350, in their fief of Châ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 2014 - Magnum - Rosé Wine

    Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum

    £24.00

    £24.00

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014*** It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite ano...
  • 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...
  • 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 Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010 Red Wine
    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be...
  • Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £23.00

    £23.00

    The marvellous thing about good Saint-Estèphe is the flood of minerality that can streak through it and the am...
  • 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 D'Armailhac Pauillac 2006 - Magnum

    Château D'Armailhac Pauillac 2006 - Magnum

    £145.00

    £145.00

    Wind, rain, hail, frost and firey heat. Many elements throw themselves against the vines and grapes as they grow duri...
  • 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 tedious. ...
  • Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Blanc Wine France

    Château de la Roulerie Anjou Blanc 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Steeped in exciting history, this wine is like a really good Brontë novel, or maybe a Dan Brown. Dating way back...
  • Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013 White Wine

    Château de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux Du Layon shows a beautiful golden colour, it is elegant, delicate and filled to the brim ...
  • 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 Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Red 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We love Hannah Leadbeater. Upon being asked to write a tasting note for the wine that she discovered and fell in love...
  • 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...
  • Château Haut Courneau Graves Red Wine France

    Château Haut Courneau Graves 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With a beautiful garnet robe and appealing aromatic aromas, it follows up on the palate expressive red fruits (strawb...
  • 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

    £55.00

    £55.00

    This red wine has the musician Tom Waits written all over it. Apparently, some of his instruments enjoy a nice claret...
  • Château La Garde 2005

    Château La Garde Pessac Leognan 2008

    £30.00

    £30.00

    So beautiful is this wine, that grown men and women have been known to drop to their knees and weep, not quite knowin...
  • 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 ...
  • Chateau le Meynieu Haut Medoc 2004

    Château le Meynieu Haut Medoc 2004

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Once upon a time, you could trade a baguette, 6 cloves of garlic and a small goose for a Grand Cru Bordeaux. Sure, ev...
  • 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 2015

    £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 Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    Château Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    £21.00

    £21.00

    The property of Château Méaume has been a historically significant building in France for many Centuries. I...
  • Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2008 - Magnum Red Wine

    Château Pey La Tour Réserve 2011 - Magnum

    £26.50

    £26.50

    This is one for Tony. No not Tony Montana. Nooo, not Tony Benn. Tony Robinson! Time Team Tony! Yes this one hails fro...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    We reckon this wine ticks what we consider to be two pretty major boxes: Firstly, it's tasty: it speaks eloquently of...
  • Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssier i...
  • Chateau Unang Blanc White Wine

    Château Unang Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    James King, the genius behind this delicate white wine, should change his name to James, King of Elegance. Of course,...
  • Chateau Unang Rosé Wine

    Château Unang Rosé 2015

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    A cool glass of rosé is fast becoming the go-to summer wine and this pale coloured drop from Château Una...
  • Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux Red Wine

    Châteauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    If this Chateauneuf Du Pape was a mythical beast it would be the Panther, a mighty cat from greek folk lore. With it'...
  • Chablis Jules Billaud Burgundy Wine

    Chablis Jules Billaud 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    There's a lot of fuss in Chablis about a precocious new talent called Samuel Billaud, of Billaud-Simon fame. He's reg...

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