France

French Wines


The three classic red wine regions of France are: Bordeaux, home to the most famous wines on the planet, blends made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, plus small quantities of Petit Verdot and Malbec; Burgundy, where the reds are all 100% Pinot Noir; and the Rhône Valley, which is divided into the north, where reds are from Syrah; and the south where reds are based on Grenache Noir.


At SVS we are strong in all three of these classic zones, but we also always offer one of the best selections in the whole country of Languedoc-Roussillon reds, plus reds from Beaujolais, the Loire and south-west France, notably Madiran.


As a general rule, wines from northern France (e.g. the Loire) tend to be lighter and fresher than those made in the south.

France

  • Domaine Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: BEL314

    Domaine Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2014

    “About half Syrah, a third Grenache with Mourvèdre, all in old barrel. Ripe and brambly fruit, crunchy, and slightly wild and spicy. Splendid...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2015

    Product Code: BAJ115

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2015

    “One of our favourite reds, a deeply hued and concentrated blend of local grape Tannat with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc. In the 2015 vintage it’s...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Côtes du Rhône, Terra Vitis, 2016

    Product Code: ESZ216

    Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Côtes du Rhône, Terra Vitis, 2016

    “Terra Vitis is a sustainable, minimal intervention farming discipline, half way to organic viticulture, practiced by five members of the ten grower...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2016

    Product Code: MAB116

    Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2016

    “From about 50% Merlot, 30% Grenache with some Syrah; and a surprisingly successful marriage of Bordeaux and the Rhône. A luxurious mouthful of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, La Framboisiere, 2015

    Product Code: FAJ615

    Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, La Framboisiere, 2015

    “Just south of Clos Rochette on argilo-calcaire soils, this is another of the domaine’s wholly owned (monopole) vineyards. Some whole bunch...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    Product Code: PLA115

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    “From vineyards on the slopes above the river Dordogne owned by Frédéric Naud, a fifth generation vigneron; a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: MOP514

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    Product Code: MOP114

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2015

    Product Code: BAJ315

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2015

    “Old vines indeed, some over 80 years and some genuinely planted before the phylloxera louse destroyed almost all of Europe’s vineyards: 80% Tannat...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Begude, Pinot Noir, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2017

    Product Code: BEG617

    Domaine Begude, Pinot Noir, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2017

    “A long term favourite here (so it’s a real shame it’s been rationed to us in this frost and drought affected vintage), a fresh and pure Pinot....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Leonides, 2015

    Product Code: MET115

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Leonides, 2015

    “About 30% each of Syrah and Grenache, and 20% of Mourvèdre and Carignan, unoaked. Red fruited nose with hints of spice. Lively and refreshing, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2015

    Product Code: DGA215

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2015

    “One of our staples at SVS, about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache and 15 % Mourvedre, a splendid barrel-aged wine which can be drunk young or kept....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2014

    Product Code: JON514

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2014

    “Organic and Biodynamic. A mélange of blackberry, raspberry and cassis, very ripe with a lovely texture. Très gourmand indeed! Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Cuvée Prestige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    Product Code: GRC315

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Cuvée Prestige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    “From 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a selection of older vines on prime gravel and clay soils, this has spent 12 months in oak barrels,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2015

    Product Code: AMB315

    Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2015

    “"Full-bodied, richly concentrated fresh juice, with remarkable intensity and length. Perfectly balanced acidity, fruit and alcohol, all in a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Les Hauts de Median, Petit Verdot, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2016 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: VIC216

    Les Hauts de Median, Petit Verdot, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2016 [Screwcap]

    “Petit Verdot ripens late even in the Languedoc: the grapes for this wine are always the last to be harvested from the vineyards near Beziers. Deeply...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Cuvée des Quarante, 2015

    Product Code: DGA315

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Cuvée des Quarante, 2015

    “Based on 45% Carignan with 35% Grenache and 20% Syrah, all in barrel, about 20% new. Deep purple. Strong aromas of raspberry coulis. Dense, old-viney...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, En Sol Majeur, 2014

    Product Code: DGA414

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, En Sol Majeur, 2014

    “"Deep cherry colour and a fine herbal aroma of garrigue alongside the lively dark fruit. Cassis and blackberry on the nose and then a delicious...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine Roger Perrin, Côtes du Rhône, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    Product Code: PES214

    Domaine Roger Perrin, Côtes du Rhône, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    “About 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, from 60 year old vines just outside the boundary of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Black...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Jean Guiton, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2014

    Product Code: GUI114

    Jean Guiton, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2014

    “From four parcels, two in Bligny and two between Bligny and Pommard and given 12 months in barrel, second or third fill. Pleasingly ripe scent. This...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, medium bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Jean Guiton, Volnay, Les Petits Poisots, 2014

    Product Code: GUI714

    Jean Guiton, Volnay, Les Petits Poisots, 2014

    “On soil with a high proportion of clay, this is always rich and opulent. Ripe nose with a touch of blackberry and a hint of development. Ripe red...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, Medium bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Pichat, Côte Rôtie, Champons, 2012

    Product Code: PID312

    Domaine Pichat, Côte Rôtie, Champons, 2012

    “Stéphane’s principal Côte Rôtie, Champon’s (sic), is 85% from two parcels in the vineyard of that name in the northern, schistous sector of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Mas des Brousses, Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac, 2014

    Product Code: MAB214

    Mas des Brousses, Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac, 2014

    “Mourvèdre grown from cuttings from the famed Domaine Tempier in Bandol, with Syrah and Grenache, grown on the edge of the Cevennes. Dense but also...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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