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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!

  • Amelie Malbec 2017

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Medium bodied with lovely floral and dark fruit aromas, fine tannins and a brooding intensity.
  • Menetou Salon Henry Pellé 'Les Bornes' Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Crisp and cleansing, with brilliantly pure lemon fruit, this is what the Loire is all about.
  • Pouilly-Fumé Petit Fumé 2017

    £18.50

    £18.50

    This wine is all about freshness. On the nose you get white fruits and fresh herb and floral notes, and on the palate you get the classic aromas of wet stone, citrus fruits and light floral notes.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Beaucastel 2011

    £70.00

    £70.00

    Powerful palate of black cherries, bramble, blackberries and garrigue, accompanied by well-integrated oak aromas of peppercorn and star anise. Despite feeling a little youthful, the tannins are silky, and the mouthfeel is luxuriously weighty.

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  • Château De Balan Bordeaux 2015

    Château De Balan Bordeaux Superieur 2016

    £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 ...
  • Rhonea Cotes du Rhone Rose 2018

    Rhonéa Côtes Du Rhône Rosé 2018 - *Web Exclusive*

    Now £9.60

    Was £12.00

    £9.60

    Sometimes, we feel rosé gets a hard rap, which may seem weird considering that during the summer months our stores requ...
  • Miraval Provence Rosé 2017- Magnum

    Miraval Provence Rosé 2017 - Magnum

    £42.00

    £42.00

    MAGNUM SIZE One of the most famous Rosé's in the world! An exclusive wine from the estate of Angelina J...
  • Famille Perrin Ventoux 2018 - Magnum

    Famille Perrin Ventoux 2018 - Magnum

    £18.00

    £18.00

    MAGNUM SIZE They say you can’t choose your family, unless of course you’re a Hollywood celebrity in which ...
  • Amelie Malbec 2017

    Amelie Malbec 2017

    £10.75

    £10.75

    We could say of Malbec grown in France; "the prodigal son returns!" However, we only recently learnt that 'prodigal,' is...
  • Rhonéa Ventoux Passe Colline Rosé

    Rhonéa Ventoux Passe Colline Rosé 2018

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Colline was a discerning woman, she'd tut when served caviar with anything other than a bone spoon, she would often send...
  • Rhonéa Les Mots du Vin Rosé

    Rhonéa Les Mots du Vin Rosé 2018

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Some wines just speak to you; some whisper sweet nothings, some tell you tales of their home and others are so complicat...
  • Le Meurger Coteaux Bourguignons 2018 - *Web Exclusive*

    Le Meurger Coteaux Bourguignons 2018 - *Web Exclusive*

    £13.00

    £13.00

    We're going to suggest something a little controversial here - this red wine is best served slightly chilled. Yes, you a...
  • Le Meurger Macon Villages 2017 - *Web Exclusive*

    Le Meurger Mâcon-Villages 2017 - *Web Exclusive*

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Chardonnay grapes for Le Meurger Mâcon-Villages are grown on the hillsides of Macon, around the Vire-Clesse area. T...
  • Badine de la Patache Pomerol 2015

    Badine de la Patache Pomerol 2015

    £28.00

    £28.00

    This cherry-red wine reveals pronounced notes of red berries with light, toasty aromas of oak that lend a touch of spice...
  • Maison Dousset Chablis 2018 - *Web Exclusive*

    Maison Dousset Chablis 2018 - *Web Exclusive*

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Chablis is a brilliantly versatile wine when it comes to pairing with foods, and Maison Dousset's Chablis is no exceptio...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Picpoul de Pinet Camp de Rousse 2013 white wine

    Picpoul de Pinet Camp de Rousse 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Get ready for a crashing tidal wave of people claiming they've known about Picpoul for years, have always known about...
  • Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc Wine France

    Château de la Roulerie Anjou Chenin Blanc 2018

    £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...
  • 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...
  • Château Gloria Saint Julien French Red Wine 2012

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2014

    £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 ...
  • 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...
  • Gewurztraminer Hunawihr French White Wine

    Gewurztraminer Hunawihr 2017

    £13.75

    £13.75

    You may have heard of tea picked by monkeys and coffee defecated by civets. Those are nothing, this is an exotically ...
  • Janeil Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

    Janeil Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £9.50

    £9.50

    We know 'Gros Manseng' isn't the nicest name for a grape. In fact it sounds like an unflattering description of a s...
  • 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...
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuiton-Beaunoy Red Wine

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Sometimes tasting notes can seem so far-fetched you wonder whether the writer is actually taking you for a ride. If w...
  • Colombo Côtes du Rhône Le Vent Rouge French Red Wine 2016

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône 'Le Vent Rouge' 2017

    £10.50

    £10.50

    If you're considering a career winemaking, as with many things in life, there are many ways to skin a cat. But a good...
  • Ségla Margaux French Wine

    Ségla Margaux 2012

    £44.00

    £44.00

    Château Rauzan-Ségla has an incredibly long and colourful history, dating back to 1661 and featuring Very I...
  • Mas Las Cabes Rouge 2017 Red Wine France

    Mas las Cabes Rouge 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A wine that Mother Earth herself would be happy to promote. Your conscience can enjoy bonus points, as every last dro...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before ...
  • Chatons du Cèdre Malbec 2016 Red Wine

    Chatons du Cèdre Malbec 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Winemaker Pascal Léon Verhaeghe is a man who fell back in love with wine, after inheriting his family's mixed-cul...
  • Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage 'La Tuiliere' French Red Wine 2016

    Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage 'La Tuiliere' 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We'd really like to talk about this wine. But we'd prefer to do it à la Jean-Luc Picard, of the Star Ship Ente...
  • Jean Luc Colombo Le Vent Blanc France

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côte du Rhône 'Le Vent Blanc' 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Jean-Luc Colombo's wines provide exceptional quality for every day Rhône drinking. The affectionate nickname for...
  • Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Fine French Red Wine 2016

    Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

    £24.00

    £24.00

    70 hectares. That's 175 acres, or about two thirds of Liverpool's resplendent Sefton Park. Only it's in Châteaun...
  • Tydy Sauvignon Blanc French White Wine

    Tydy Sauvignon Blanc 2018

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Winemaker Thierry Delaunay exemplifies the best of the new generation of French wine makers and, while appreciating t...
  • 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...
  • Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux Chardonnay 2015

    Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux Chardonnay 2015

    £32.00

    £32.00

    So Chablis. Right, it's bone dry, no oak, you might even say steely. Fetch it from a posh Premier Cru vineyard and th...
  • Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2012 Red Wine
    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be...
  • Miraval Provence Rosé 2017 Vegetarian Wine

    Miraval Provence Rosé 2017

    £20.00

    £20.00

    One of the most famous Rosé's in the world! An exclusive wine from the estate of Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt, t...
  • Justin Girardin Pommard Red Wine Burgundy France

    Justin Girardin Pommard 2016

    £36.00

    £36.00

    A great Burgundy worthy of its reputation. An intense bright red colour , a powerful nose. The mouth is round and ample ...
  • 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 hug...
  • Marchand Tawse Nuits Saint Georges 2013 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Nuits Saint Georges 2013

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Want to revisit the 60s? If this wine was transposed into a song- it'd be the Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. 'L...
  • 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...
  • Potel-Aviron Bourgogne Aligote 2017 Vegetarian White Wine

    Potel-Aviron Bourgogne Aligote 2018

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Bourgogne Aligote is a white wine from the well known Burgundy region in France. The grapes are mechanically harveste...
  • Potel Aviron CoBo French Red Wine

    Potel-Aviron CoBo 2018

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A truly refreshing and fruity Gamay based wine from master winemaker's Stephanie Aviron and Nicolas Potel. Through us...
  • Remoissenet Chablis 2016 French White Wine Chardonnay

    Remoissenet Chablis 2016

    £21.00

    £21.00

    Some wine and food pairings are so quintessential that it borders on culinary treason to let certain meals go unaccom...
  • Remoissenet Vosne Romanee Red Wine

    Remoissenet Vosne Romanee 2014

    £55.00

    £55.00

    The Vosne Romanee red wine from Burgundy offers a robust and sweetness for a still very young wine. Red fruits and sp...
  • Remoissenet Givry Pinot Noir Red Wine

    Remoissenet Givry Pinot Noir 2016

    £23.00

    £23.00

    The givry offers notes of cassis buds, red berries and spice on the nose and palate with very pure, fresh finish. The...
  • Justin Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

    Justin Girardin Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016

    £15.75

    £15.75

    A classical Burgundy white wine from vineyards in Santenay showcasing consistence and finesse in abundance. The Bour...
  • Chateau Cesseras 'Cuvee Olric' Minervois 2016 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Château Cesseras 'Cuvée Olric' Minervois 2016

    £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 ...

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