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, 2016

    Product Code: GRC116

    Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2016

    “Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, showing very ripe red fruit with some correct...”

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    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, 2017

    Product Code: PLA117

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2017

    “Charmingly labelled wine - which we have shipped many times before. It's a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. 2017 …”

    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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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2018

    Product Code: BAJ318

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2018

    “Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera, so perhaps over 150 years old: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple....”

    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, 2018

    Product Code: DGA218

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2018

    “This is the latest vintage of one of our staples at SVS: about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, aged in two to four year old...”

    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 Faiveley, Beaune, 1er Cru Clos de l’Ecu, 2016

    Product Code: FAJ716B

    Domaine Faiveley, Beaune, 1er Cru Clos de l’Ecu, 2016

    “A south-facing monopole vineyard above Les Cents Vignes. Silkily textured, strawberry and redcurrant fruit; now really coming into its own. Super...”

    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 Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2017

    Product Code: FON117

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2017

    “From Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on schist near Maury, unoaked, this is a classic Roussillon red: youthful, vivid, brambly perfumes 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 Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Tautavel, Cistes, 2016

    Product Code: FON216

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Tautavel, Cistes, 2016

    “Named after the Cistus, the spring-flowering rock roses growing wild in the scrub. 60% Syrah with 40% Grenache, the former mainly raised in old...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

    Product Code: BDU616

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

    “Gruff M. Perromat’s top wine, from about 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, well-oaked. Is this the best vintage we have...”

    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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  • Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

    Product Code: BEA116

    Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

    “85% Merlot,10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc,handled by top consultant Stéphane   Derenoncourt;delivering ripeness but...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: RIB814

    Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rouge, 2014

    “Red Bandol is usually backward, but this is already expressive, showing a nose of Asian spice on black fruit; with impressive, inky concentration,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bandol
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Yann Chave, Hermitage, 2014

    Product Code: CHA314

    Yann Chave, Hermitage, 2014

    “Yann’s Hermitage, all in new demi-muids, comes from plots in Beaumes (granitic) and Péléat (stony, galets) on the great hill. Ripe blackberry and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2016

    Product Code: GUI216

    Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2016

    “Aged in oak for 12 months, 20% new. Black cherry, riper and silky fruit. The tannins are well integrated and the finish is fresh and appetising....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Le Coteau, Margaux, 2016

    Product Code: CLC116

    Château Le Coteau, Margaux, 2016

    “Eric Leglise works one of the last family owned estates in Margaux, his parcels of vines in the commune of Arsac surrounded by vineyards belonging to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, 2015 Magnum

    Product Code: ESP915

    Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, 2015 Magnum

    “This cuvée is now named after the "lieu dit" on which his 1.5 hectares of vines is situated. Black fruited, intense, with a lovely silky...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Chateau Beauregard Ducasse, Graves 2016

    Product Code: BDU816

    Chateau Beauregard Ducasse, Graves 2016

    “"Another classic claret, with the freshness of Graves and tannins that will see it through for another three or four 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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  • Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vignes, 2016

    Product Code: FUR116

    Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vignes, 2016

    “From vines planted in 1928 to the north of the village. Dense with cherry and spice, plenty of flesh and …”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Fourrier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos Solon, 2016

    Product Code: FUR816

    Domaine Fourrier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos Solon, 2016

    “From half an hectare of 40 year old vines, close to the centre of the village.This always shows lifted and pure fruit, almost jellied cherry and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine de la Pigeade, Ventoux, Les Sables, 2017

    Product Code: PIG617

    Domaine de la Pigeade, Ventoux, Les Sables, 2017

    “From 40% Grenache, 40% Carignan and 20% Syrah grown on sandy soils, this exemplifies Ventoux: different to Côtes du Rhône in its freshness and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Faiveley, Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

    Product Code: FAJ516

    Faiveley, Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

    “Black cherries dominate the textured palate backed by ripe tannins. Typical Gevrey intensity, fleshy, supple and well balanced. Now-2025”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Clos des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2011

    Product Code: CDP111

    Clos des Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2011

    “Wonderfully suave example, always one of the top wines of the appellation, from the master Paul Avril. "A wine to spend the evening with....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • MAGNUM Château Rocher-Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, France, 2015

    Product Code: ROG915

    MAGNUM Château Rocher-Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion, France, 2015

    “90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, grown on thinly-soiled, argilo-calcaire slopes, into barrel, 30% new. Vibrant raspberries and black cherries,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Chateau de Marsan, Cadillac, Cotes de Bordeaux, Cuvee Moulin Pasquier, 2016

    Product Code: MAR116

    Chateau de Marsan, Cadillac, Cotes de Bordeaux, Cuvee Moulin Pasquier, 2016

    “From about 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is very open - delivering a fragrance of vanilla, cinnamon and heated strawberries; totally...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Montangeron, Beaujolais Villages, 2019

    Product Code: MON119

    Domaine Montangeron, Beaujolais Villages, 2019

    “Juicy, red and black-fruited, supple but also mildly rustic. Spot on. Now-2022”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light-Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Beaujolais
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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