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

  • 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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  • 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 Les Gravières de la Brandille, Bordeaux Rouge, 2015

    Product Code: GRC115

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Bordeaux Rouge, 2015

    “Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 2/3 Merlot with about equal portions of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, drinking beautifully, as ever a superb...”

    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, 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, 2016

    Product Code: BAJ316

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    “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 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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  • 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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  • Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    Product Code: CHB316

    Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    “Chiroubles is the highest of the ten Cru villages, with sandy vineyards on the slopes at 280-450 metres, so the wines tend to lightness and grace....”

    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 du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

    Product Code: JON215

    Domaine du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

    “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: 14.5%
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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    Product Code: JON114

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    “As Marine Roussel now has a separate bottling of Grenache for l’O, she has increased the Syrah element in the Classique, so this is about...”

    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 blackfruited 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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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2015

    Product Code: CLB615

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2015

    “"Cask sample. Really quite substantial on the nose with some hint of hazelnuts. Crunchy texture. Masses of acidity. Confident wine. Lots going...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine Depeyre, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tradition, 2015

    Product Code: DEP115

    Domaine Depeyre, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tradition, 2015

    “From about 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 25% Carignan, grown on black schist vineyards near the village of Cases-de-Pène. Deep purple. Slightly...”

    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 Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2015

    Product Code: GRC415

    Château Les Combes, Lussac-Saint-Emilion, 2015

    “From vineyards on well-drained, stony limestone soils, amongst the highest in the appellation. This unoaked Merlot-based wine always shows...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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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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