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

  • Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2015

    Product Code: GRC115

    Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2015

    “"And one from the right bank, a sort of baby Pomerol with a medicinal hint and great richness. Drink over the next few years. …”

    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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  • Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016

    Product Code: PLA116

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016

    “Charmingly labelled wine - which we have shipped many times before. It's a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in the superb 2016...”

    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 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: 12.5%
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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, 2016

    Product Code: BAJ316

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    “Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple. Flamboyant flavours of cherry, plum...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2016

    Product Code: DGA216

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2016

    “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, 2015

    Product Code: JON615

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2015

    “Organic and Biodynamic. A mélange of blackberry, raspberry and cassis, very ripe with a lovely texture. Très gourmand indeed! Now-2021”

    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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  • 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: 14%
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  • Domaine des Amadieu,Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

    Product Code: AMB316

    Domaine des Amadieu,Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

    “"A touch of mint leaf on the nose, savoury redcurrant fruit on the palate, finishing with spice and black cherry, and perhaps a hint of...”

    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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  • 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 red fruit, concentrated and slightly gamey with a good acidity and soft...”

    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

    “Champon’s lies in the northern, schistous sector of the appellation. Silky cherry and raspberry flavours, with very supple tannins. There’s a...”

    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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  • Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    Product Code: CHB316

    Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    “"Gentle and light. Very perky and fruity. Just the ticket. 16/20", Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, 5th November 2018”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, medium bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Beaujolais
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2016

    Product Code: FON116

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2016

    “From Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on schist near Maury, unoaked and a classic Roussillon red, with those characteristic notes of spice, tar and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    Product Code: COW314

    Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    “Guy Ricard’s Vieilles Vignes bottling is a very special Vacqueyras, just 8,000 bottles, about two-thirds 60 year old Grenache and one third Syrah,...”

    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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  • Domaine du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2017

    Product Code: JON217

    Domaine du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2017

    “L’O not for water but purity in this unoaked, organically and biodynamically farmed and hand-harvested Grenache from 45 year old vines. All...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    Product Code: JON114

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    “About 55% Syrah with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan and, all from older vines and best parcels on the galets terraces. Black fruit and a hint of...”

    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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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Les Muses, 2013

    Product Code: JON313

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Les Muses, 2013

    “80% Mourvèdre, so akin to a Bandol: powerful, savoury and intensely black-fruited with herb and tobacco hints. Now-2022”

    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 Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2015

    Product Code: GRC415

    Château Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2015

    “From one 4.8 hectare plot with thin soils over limestone, among the highest in the appellation. 100% Merlot. Frederic Borderie saluted the terrific...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Château Gouprie, Pomerol, 2012

    Product Code: GOU112

    Château Gouprie, Pomerol, 2012

    “This Pomerol is from the Moze-Berthon’s holdings on one gentle, east-facing plot where the clay and gravelly soils also contain iron oxide. 75%...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Vieux Château Palon, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2012

    Product Code: VCP112

    Vieux Château Palon, Montagne Saint-Emilion, 2012

    “Gregory Naulet, a viticulturalist by training, bought a 5 hectare estate, built a tiny, spotless, air-conditioned cellar and began bottling his own...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint-Aubin, 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou, 2014

    Product Code: CLB814

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint-Aubin, 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou, 2014

    “From 45 years old vines on a south facing slope. Lovely cherry fruit, quite a big mouthful, plenty of texture and a tad of grip on the finish. Very...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Roger Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014

    Product Code: PES414

    Domaine Roger Perrin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014

    “About 65% Grenache, with Syrah and Mourvèdre and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarese and Cinsault; and about 15% in a mix of oak barrels....”

    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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