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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!

  • Cabaret Rosé 2017

    £10.50

    £10.50

    A classic Provencal rose feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.
  • Chablis Jules Billaud Chardonnay 2016

    £22.00

    £22.00

    This Chablis is one of the finest unoaked Chardonnays available. It is made exclusively for Oddbins by one of the finest winemakers in the region.
  • Grenaschista Cotes Catalanes 2016

    Now £14.03

    Was £16.50

    £14.03

    Lush, voluptuous red, with notes of ripe strawberries and red cherries with a kirsch-like concentration, and notes of fennel and rosemary.

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  • Albert Bichot Chablis French Wine 2015

    Albert Bichot Chablis 2015

    £17.75

    £17.75

    Albert Bichot's family wine business goes back a whopping six generations. That means that they were making wine when...
  • 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...
  • Chateau Cesseras 'Cuvee Olric' Minervois 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Château Cesseras 'Cuvée Olric' Minervois 2015

    £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 Ciffre Terroirs Faugeres 2015

    Château Ciffre Terroirs Faugères 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    The French find it hard to explain the concept of terroir to Brits as there is no natural English translation. It's one ...
  • 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

    £9.50

    £9.50

    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 la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc Wine France

    Château de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc 2017

    Now £9.90

    Was £11.00

    £9.90

    Steeped in exciting history, this wine is like a really good Brontë novel, or maybe a Dan Brown. Dating way back...
  • Château Gloria Saint Julien French Red Wine 2012

    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 ...
  • Chateau Mouleyre Blanc 2017

    Château Haut-Mouleyre Blanc 2017

    Now £8.50

    Was £10.00

    £8.50

    Remember when you were a child and you discovered there was such a thing as white chocolate. You thought in your susp...
  • Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 French Red Wine - 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...
  • Chateau Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon French Red Wine 2007

    Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Hugh Johnson notably said of Pauillac, "if one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there woul...
  • Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe

    Château Meyney St Estèphe 2012

    £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 Rouget Pomerol 2012

    Château Rouget Pomerol 2012

    £69.00

    £69.00

    We don’t want to be considered apologists for the Roman Empire; what they did to Maximus Decimus Meridius was bang out...
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Chateau de Beaucastel 2011

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel 2011

    £70.00

    £70.00

    It’s great being in an exclusive club, recognised by your peers that you belong among the elite of your industry, we s...
  • 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...
  • Clos La Gaffeliere St Emilion Grand Cru 2014

    Clos La Gaffeliere St Emilion Grand Cru 2014

    £34.00

    £34.00

    It doesn’t take a group of Doctor Who fans or ‘Whotenanny,’ we believe is the correct collective noun, to tell you...
  • Collovray & Terrier St Veran Chardonnay 2016

    Collovray & Terrier St Veran Chardonnay 2016

    Now £14.40

    Was £18.00

    £14.40

    It's a common plot line in films, or probably literature and history, that allies will marry into one another's famil...
  • Collovray Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016

    Collovray Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The story of Collovray & Terrier seems like a classic rom-com such as Wedding Crashers, just without Vince Vaughan's ...
  • 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 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-sec 2015

    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2016

    £34.00

    £34.00

    Limestone isn't just good for building things with, it can also be great for growing stuff in too! Especially grapes....
  • Domaine of the Bee Carignan 2016

    Domaine of the Bee Carignan 2016

    Now £17.60

    Was £22.00

    £17.60

    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...
  • Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves 2015 White Wine

    Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves Blanc 2016

    Now £10.20

    Was £12.00

    £10.20

    Nobody thought Pierre could actually tell which grapes had gone into any given wine just by using his nose. But that ...
  • Famille Cattin Dry Riesling 2016 French White Wine

    Famille Cattin Dry Riesling 2017

    £11.50

    £11.50

    We bet Voegtlinshoffen wasn't exactly the first place the Wright brothers considered when conquering the airplane. Ho...
  • Famille Perrin Cairanne 2016

    Famille Perrin Cairanne 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    What we love about the wines of Cairanne is most people have no idea what the heck it is. “Is that a Gaelic female nam...
  • Fleur du Thénac Rouge French Red Wine

    Fleur de Thénac Rouge 2014

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Weirdly Thénac is famous for the Lascaux Caves (faded graffiti of fat horses), truffles (a fungus that is a fa...
  • Fleurie Henry Fessy French Red Wine

    Fleurie Henry Fessy Gamay 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Fleurie with a bit more... This is a little fuller than you might expect from this traditional styled wine and a fail...
  • Guerrin Pouilly Fuisse Vielles Vignes Chardonnay 2015

    Guerrin Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes Chardonnay 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    As well as being thoroughly winsome and peachy, Domaine Guerrin's Pouilly-Fuissé also serves as a history less...
  • Jean-Luc Colombo Amour de Dieu Condrieu 2014

    Jean-Luc Colombo Amour de Dieu Condrieu 2014

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Condrieu is a classic rag-to-riches story, like J K Rowling just with less wizards, wands and plots holes. "The Philo...
  • Jean-Luc Colombo Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles White Wine

    Jean-Luc Colombo Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles 2017

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Usually a fresh, dry, lemony white; this Picpoul de Pinet ticks all of those boxes and then some. Add to that a hint ...
  • La Folle Noir D'Ambat Red Wine France 2016

    La Folle Noire d'Ambat 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Remember the Tim Burton films? From Beetle Juice (clearly the best) to Willy Wonka and Corpse Bride, Mr Burton is the...
  • Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge 2016 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge 2016

    Now £6.98

    Was £7.75

    £6.98

    Marianne le Pétale was, without question, the most beautiful girl in La Vicomté. There was no doubt. On...
  • Mâcon Rouge Terres Secrètes 2016

    Mâcon Rouge Terres Secrètes 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We all have secrets, for example nobody knows that Keyser Söze is really Kevin Spacey, seriously he just made up his wh...
  • Mâcon-Villages Cave de Lugny 2016 French Wine

    Mâcon-Villages Cave de Lugny 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Incredibly high standards of winemaking for the price. This is an astonishingly well-loved Oddbins favourite and one ...
  • Marchand Tawse Cote De Nuits Villages Pinot Noir French Wine 2013

    Marchand Tawse Côte De Nuits Villages 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    The winemaker wiped paranoid perspiration from his forehead as he typed the final words: 'So, I've decided to...
  • Marchand Tawse Clos Vougeot Burgundy Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Clos Vougeot 2011

    £110.00

    £110.00

    The source of this great wine comes from within the unique, walled vineyard of Clos Vougeot. The Cistercian monks enc...
  • Marchand Tawse Corton French Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2013

    £65.00

    £65.00

    With a cellar potential of up to 20 years this wine must look a bit like a young Bob Dylan-expressive yet possessing ...
  • Marchand Tawse Gevrey 1er Burgundy
    The Marchand Tawse Gevrey is a vivacious and pure red wine. The Perrière delights the palate with notes of buc...
  • Menetou Salon Henry Pellé 'Les Bornés' Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Vegetarian White Wine
    From the producer who almost single-handedly put Menetou-Salon on the map as a serious competitor to its big-name nei...
  • Nuiton-Beaunoy Hautes-Côtes de Beaune

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Like a big warm hug around the hills of the Côtes d'Or, the Nuiton-Beanoy cooperative sources grapes from all a...
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuiton-Beaunoy Red Wine

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Sometimes tasting notes can seem so far-fetched you wonder whether the writer is actually taking you for a ride. If w...
  • Nuiton-Beaunoy Santenay 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Santenay 2015

    £21.00

    £21.00

    There's an admirable note of distinction to this fine red Santenay that's hard to pin down. While it's light and quit...
  • Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    'Less is more', the saying goes. But we're not so sure. Is one scoop really better than two? Would we rather a two da...
  • Hunawihr Pinot Blanc French White Wine

    Pinot Blanc Hunawihr 2017

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Interesting Fact Number 1: Did you know that historically Pinot Blanc was used in both Burgundy and Champagne and sti...
  • Potel-Aviron Mâcon Villages Chardonnay VV 2015

    Potel-Aviron Mâcon Villages Chardonnay VV 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Macon Villages wine displays richness and depth that is signature to the wineries traditional methods. Weeks of ferme...
  • Pouilly Fume 'Pierre Louis' Guyollot Sauvignon Blanc 2015 White Wine
    Sports fans worldwide are familiar with the Gallic cockerel, but few know its significance. Nowadays, this national s...
  • Remoissenet 'Renommee' Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine

    Remoissenet 'Renommee' Pinot Noir 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    The Renommee is a Burgundy red wine produced solely from Pinot Noir grapes, giving its medium cherry red colour. On t...

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