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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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  • Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    A surprising amount of man power goes towards making a wine as refreshing, light and sumptuously fruity as this...
  • Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé 2016

    Now £14.40

    Was £16.00

    £14.40

    Don't let the colour deceive you. This dark yet refreshing rosé offers delicate cranberry, grapefruit and white blossom flavours.

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  • Alain Chavy Chassagne-Montrachet, 'Les Chenes' 2013 Chardonnay White Wine
    While Patsy and Eddie (our old pals off of Ab Fab) may not think so, many people think that simplicity is the ultimat...
  • Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £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 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The family Bougrier were, by tradition, agricultural scientists. Their incredible achievements include the invention ...
  • Cotes Du Rhone 'Blason' Esterzagues French Red Wine 2015
    No matter how rugged someone thinks they are- everyone wants to hide under a favourite blanket at some point. This C&...
  • Cabaret Rose 2016

    Cabaret Rosé 2017

    £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 2017 - 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...
  • Cave de Fleurie Beaujolais 2015

    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 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...
  • Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château Carignan Cadillac 2012

    £15.50

    £15.50

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they ...
  • Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac French Red Wine 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 2017

    Château Coussin Rosé 2017

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Human lives are full of eureka moments. These run the gamut from the earth-shattering "the world is not flat" or "he/...
  • Château De Balan Bordeaux 2015

    Château De Balan Bordeaux Superieur 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Balan is a character in Arthurian legend. In black armour, he was cursed to guard a castle and let none pass... this ...
  • Chateau De Ciffre St Chinian 2016

    Château De Ciffre St Chinian 2017

    £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 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The head Abbot of Haut-Médoc was utterly fed up. The vow of silence and bowl hair cuts was getting very tediou...
  • Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion Merlot 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 Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red 2015 Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Red 2015

    £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...
  • Chateau Mouleyre Blanc 2016

    Château Haut-Mouleyre Blanc 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Remember when you were a child and you discovered there was such a thing as white chocolate. You thought in your susp...
  • Chateau Jalousie 2015 Half Bottle Vegan Red Wine

    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...
  • Château La Garde 2005

    Château La Garde Pessac Leognan 2013

    £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...
  • Château La Grande Clotte Lussac Merlot 2015

    Château La Grande Clotte Lussac Merlot 2015

    £14.75

    £14.75

    With Bordeaux it's all about getting off the beaten track. No doubt you could find a fine Michelin star restaurant ju...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    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 Laroque St-Emilion Grand Cru French Red Wine Magnum
    Chateau Laroque in St-Emilion is regarded by many as "Little Versailles." We feel this might be a slight disservice; ...
  • Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2017

    £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 2015 - Magnum

    Château Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2015 - Magnum

    £22.50

    £22.50

    The property of Château Méaume has been a historically significant building in France for many Centuries. I...
  • Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe

    Château Meyney St Estèphe 2010

    £42.00

    £42.00

    It's starting to feel like 2010 was quite a long time ago; David Cameron got his first shot at Prime Ministerhood, bo...
  • Chateau Montlandrie 2011

    Château Montlandrie 2011

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Possibly the most renowned wine critique in the world, Robert Parker made his name declaring the quality of Bordeaux ...
  • 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...
  • Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 20116

    Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    '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 2010

    £27.00

    £27.00

    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 2013

    £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

    Now £11.70

    Was £13.00

    £11.70

    We reckon this wine ticks what we consider to be two pretty major boxes: Firstly, it's tasty: it speaks eloquently of...
  • Chateau Unang La Source Rouge French Red Wine 2014

    Château Unang La Source Rouge 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    This wine features violets, cherries and white tobacco on the nose. On the palate it is filled with smoke, black frui...
  • Château Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2015

    Château Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    We like to think of the wines of Canon-Fronsac as the Samwise Gamgee of Bordeaux. Sure, it might not have the glamour...
  • Chablis Jules Billaud Chardonnay Wine

    Chablis Jules Billaud Chardonnay 2016

    £22.00

    £22.00

    There's a lot of fuss in Chablis about a precocious new talent called Samuel Billaud, of Billaud-Simon fame. He's reg...
  • Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier Sauvignon Blanc 2017 White Wine

    Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The grape vines in the Loire Valley had taken a hiding the last few years. When Mother Nature finished flinging harro...
  • Crozes-Hermitage Etienne Pouchon 2015 - Half Bottle
    We don't do that many half-bottles of wine, as they don't always offer as much value for money as we'd like. However,...
  • Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2012

    Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2012

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothne...
  • Domaine Alain Geoffroy Chablis 2016 Vegetarian White Wine

    Domaine Alain Geoffroy Chablis 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Far and away the most successful Chablis in our range over the past few years, this white wine is loved and adored by...
  • Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2016

    Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2016

    £20.00

    £20.00

    St Joseph Domaine Amphores, that's the domain of vases to us 21st Century folk. In ancient Greece, Amphora were often...
  • Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Red Wine

    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Gigondas speaks to our heart. With consistently high standards and a charmingly rustic flair, their wines have qualit...
  • Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2016

    Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2016

    £18.00

    £18.00

    We've all experienced something atypical that totally paid off: in a fancy restaurant when you ordered the chef's las...
  • Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme Fine French Red Wine 2015
    This wine comes from vines perched on top of a hill that is nothing much to look at, which is routinely battered by t...
  • Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge

    Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge 2014

    Now £13.05

    Was £14.50

    £13.05

    Not one, not two, not... actually we'll just tell you: no less than seven generations of the Gardies family have made...
  • Domaine Joël Delaunay 'L'esprit des Dames' Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014 Vegan Red Wine
    Thierry was often saddened when he saw the ladies in the winery. They looked so drab and miserable, as if their work ...
  • Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2017 Vegan Red Wine

    Domaine Joël Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2017

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Years ago, Touraine wine was transported from vineyard to market on barges, pulled along the river Loire by patient, ...
  • Domaine of the Bee Carignan 2016

    Domaine of the Bee Carignan 2016

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Many say that for all the limitations of getting older, age has its compensations. Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger; in ...
  • Domaine Schistes Cuvée Tradition French Red Wine 2011

    Domaine Schistes Cuvée Tradition 2011 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Addressing ourselves to the obscure Lledoner Pelut grape that makes up most of this wine* In the words of David Bowie...

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