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 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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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2017

    Product Code: BAJ317

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2017

    “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, 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

    “"50-year-old vines, destemmed and fermented and aged in stainless steel and old oak barrels. No fining, light filtration. Full, rounded, 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%
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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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  • Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016

    Product Code: LEQ616

    Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016

    “All the wine goes into barrel, 10% new. This is currently slightly reduced so do decant. Inviting red fruits scents, and a generous, well-textured...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rouge, 2017

    Product Code: ROS617

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rouge, 2017

    “The Cherrier’s Pinot is no thin and wan example, but a really fruity wine which looks good value in comparison with Burgundies from over the hills...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2015

    Product Code: BDU615

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2015

    “Gruff M. Perromat’s top wine, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Petit Verdot, well-oaked. First impression is of great mass; then it...”

    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 de la Ribotte, Bandol Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: RIB814

    Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rouge, 2014

    “Bandol, based largely on Mourvèdre, is usually backward, but this is already expressive, showing a nose of Asian spice on black fruit; with...”

    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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  • Château Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux, 2016

    Product Code: DEY116

    Château Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux, 2016

    “50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère, a splendid example from a small estate run by Jean Sorge with his...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Domaine La Barroche, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Signature, 2011

    Product Code: BAS211

    Domaine La Barroche, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Signature, 2011

    “Most of the Barrot family vines lie in the north and north east of the appellation, on the plateau near to Rayas and Beaucastel, on very meagre,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, 2015

    Product Code: CHA115

    Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, 2015

    “Deep colour, opaque with purple rim. Youthful nose of blackberry and blueberry. The same fruit character on the palate with a touch of chocolate as...”

    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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  • 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: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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