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

  • Château La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2015

    Product Code: GRV115

    Château La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2015

    “This, from halves of Syrah and Grenache, is even more of a bargain than usual, from a vintage hailed by the owners, the Orosquette family, as the...”

    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 Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2013

    Product Code: BEL313

    Domaine Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2013

    “"Deep crimson. Ripe fruit but not overripe, dried fruits as well as fresh red fruit, fragrant and inviting on the nose. On the palate, rounded...”

    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, 2014

    Product Code: BAJ114

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2014

    “From 60% Tannat, with 20% Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, unoaked, this is an honest, mildly rustic wine, always a perfect foil for sausages,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Côtes du Rhône, Terra Vitis, 2015

    Product Code: ESZ215

    Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Côtes du Rhône, Terra Vitis, 2015

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

    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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  • Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2015

    Product Code: MAB115

    Mas des Brousses, Chasseur des Brousses, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2015

    “From 50% Merlot, 30% Grenache with some Syrah; and a surprisingly successful marriage of Bordeaux and the Rhône. Over the years this wine has become...”

    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, 2012

    Product Code: FAJ612

    Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, La Framboisiere, 2012

    “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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  • Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Fleurie, Grand Pré, 2014

    Product Code: CHB114

    Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Fleurie, Grand Pré, 2014

    “The Coudert-Appert’s Fleurie is now firmly established as a favourite among our customers. Eric Coudert works in the vineyards and organises the...”

    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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  • Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Bordeaux Rouge, 2012

    Product Code: GRC112

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Bordeaux Rouge, 2012

    “Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 2/3 Merlot with about equal portions of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, basically unoaked (a couple of 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%
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  • Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2014

    Product Code: PLA114

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2014

    “From  Frédéric Naud, a fifth generation vigneron, a blend of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. We have followed...”

    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 des Espiers, Gigondas, Cuvée des Blaches, 2013

    Product Code: ESP213

    Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Cuvée des Blaches, 2013

    “Both the aromas and the palate indicate this appears less richly oaked than usual. Instead it’s all lush black fruit, very concentrated and ripe,...”

    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 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: 13%
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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2014

    Product Code: BAJ314

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2014

    “Old vines indeed - over 80 years old: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, a splendid, traditionally framed and ageworthy example. 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: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Begude, Pinot Noir, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2016

    Product Code: BEG616

    Domaine Begude, Pinot Noir, IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, 2016

    “We always like this wine, but it really is superb this year: it compares favourably with many, more expensive, 2015 Bourgogne Pinot Noirs. A pretty...”

    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, 2013

    Product Code: MET113

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Leonides, 2013

    “"Deep cherry red. A little smokily reductive for now but underneath there’s sweet cassis and red-cherry fruit. Sweet-fruited and almost meaty...”

    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, 2014

    Product Code: DGA214

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2014

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

    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 Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Orionides, 2012

    Product Code: MET312

    Domaine du Meteore, Faugeres Rouge, Les Orionides, 2012

    “An old favourite here - we first shipped the 2001 vintage - Les Orionides is based on about 55% Syrah with 30% Mourvèdre and 15% Grenache,...”

    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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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2014

    Product Code: JON514

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2014

    “About 60% Grenache with Syrah, Cinsaut and Carignan. Ripe Blackberries on the nose and a melange of blackberry, raspberry and cassis, very...”

    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, 2012

    Product Code: GRC312

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Cuvée Prestige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2012

    “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, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    Product Code: AMB314

    Domaine des Amadieu, Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Vieilles Vignes, 2014

    “"Sweet, suave and leathery on the nose and then sweetly fruited with dried herbs on the palate with lifted lavender notes on the nose. This...”

    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, 2015

    Product Code: VIC215

    Les Hauts de Median, Petit Verdot, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2015

    “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, 2014

    Product Code: DGA314

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, Cuvée des Quarante, 2014

    “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%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, En Sol Majeure, 2014

    Product Code: DGA414

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, En Sol Majeure, 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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