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

  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2015

    Product Code: MOP115

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2015

    “A wine of such finesse, melding vanilla and clove oak aromas with silky layers of blackberry and blackcurrant. Great purity, length and perfume....”

    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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  • Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016

    Product Code: LEQ616

    Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016

    “All the wine goes into barrel, 10% new. More sophisticated than usual in this vintage, fresh and zesty …”

    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...”

    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

    “The low yielding old vines clearly performed as well as ever in 2014,with perhaps a little more freshness and softer tannins than usual. Sweet black...”

    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, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    Product Code: JON114

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Classique, 2014

    “Juicy black fruit, developing hints of spice, leather and chocolate – this is nicely ready now, a classic southern Rhône. As usual this has the...”

    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, 2017

    Product Code: CLB616

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2017

    “From 35 year old vines on clay soils above Maranges, unoaked, a pure wine for lovers of old-fashioned fresh Burgundy. Charmingly ripe fruit, silky...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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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 Cherriers’ pure Pinot Noir, half aged in old barrels, is a bold and ripe wine which looks good value in comparison to Burgundies from over the...”

    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

    “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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  • 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, 2016

    Product Code: CHA116

    Yann Chave, Crozes-Hermitage, 2016

    “Youthful nose of blackberry and blueberry. The same fruit character on the palate with a touch of chocolate as well; and an appetising fresh finish...”

    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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  • Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2015

    Product Code: GUI215

    Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2015

    “"Fresh, sappy, aromatic and floral. Slightly bitter, oaky finish, but savoury and complex with good underlying concentration. 89/100", Tim...”

    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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  • Mas d’Amile, Languedoc-Montpeyroux, 2016

    Product Code: MDA316

    Mas d’Amile, Languedoc-Montpeyroux, 2016

    “From very low-yielding old vines, between 40 and 60 years old; 60% Grenache with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, raised in a mix of old Burgundy...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75CL
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Wilfrid Rousse, Chinon, Les Bois de Beaumont, 2014

    Product Code: ROT114

    Wilfrid Rousse, Chinon, Les Bois de Beaumont, 2014

    “40 year old vines; into old barrels. Good weight and flesh, archetypal Loire Cabernet Franc. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 2012

    Product Code: AIG112

    Chateau d'Aiguilhe, Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 2012

    “Styled in the modern Saint-Emilion Grand Cru idiom, low-cropped 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, blackcurranty, lush and polished. …”

    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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  • 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 Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvée Classique, 2014

    Product Code: COW114

    Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras, Cuvée Classique, 2014

    “About 60% Grenache, with Syrah and Mourvedre. Red-fruited nose, but more black fruit on the palate with a pinch of pepper.  Silky 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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  • 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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  • Château Rocher-Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2015

    Product Code: ROG115

    Château Rocher-Gardat, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2015

    “90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, grown on thinly-soiled, argilo-calcaire slopes, into 30% new barrels. Perfect ripeness: vibrant raspberries and...”

    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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  • 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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