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 Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: BEL314

    Domaine Belles Pierres, Languedoc, Les Clauzes de Jo Rouge, 2014

    “About half Syrah, a third Grenache with Mourvèdre, all in old barrel. Ripe and brambly fruit, crunchy, and slightly wild and spicy. Splendid...”

    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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  • Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, C0tes du Rhone, Terra Vitis, 2016

    Product Code: ESZ216

    Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, C0tes du Rhone, Terra Vitis, 2016

    “Terra Vitis is a sustainable, minimal intervention farming discipline. As opposed to the Galets above this has Carignan and Mourvèdre in the blend...”

    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, 2016

    Product Code: FAJ615

    Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, La Framboisiere, 2016

    “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 Superieur, 2015

    Product Code: GRC115

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2015

    “Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 2/3 Merlot with about equal portions of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, drinking beautifully (and for 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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  • Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    Product Code: PLA115

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    “Charmingly labelled blend of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, supple, aromatic, red and black-fruited with a proper claret...”

    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 Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    Product Code: ESP213

    Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    “Extravagantly flavoured, well-oaked example of tiny volume: Turkish delight - vivid red fruit and chocolate. 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: 14.5%
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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: 12.5%
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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, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple. Flamboyant flavours of cherry, plum...”

    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, 2015

    Product Code: DGA215

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres 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, 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, Cotes du Rhone, Cairanne, Vieilles Vignes, 2015

    Product Code: AMB315

    Domaine des Amadieu, Cotes du Rhone, 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. Pretty cherry and crunchy...”

    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 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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  • Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    Product Code: CHB316

    Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2016

    “From the highest of the Cru Villages, this is brightly refreshing, with red fruit just dancing over lovely, almost floral, aromatics and just a...”

    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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  • Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2015

    Product Code: LEQ615

    Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2015

    “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

    “A bright and vital unoaked bottle of Syrah and Grenache: red and black fruit, fresh and juicy, with black olive and savoury notes in the background....”

    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 du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2016

    Product Code: JON216

    Domaine du Joncier, l’O, Côtes du Rhône, 2016

    “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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  • 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 black-fruited 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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