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, 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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  • 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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  • 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, 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

    “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: 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, 2015

    Product Code: BAJ315

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2015

    “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 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, 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, 2016

    Product Code: VIC216

    Les Hauts de Median, Petit Verdot, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2016

    “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 Majeur, 2014

    Product Code: DGA414

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rouge, En Sol Majeur, 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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  • 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, 2011

    Product Code: PID311

    Domaine Pichat, Côte Rôtie, Champons, 2011

    “Silky cherry and raspberry flavours, with very supple tannins. There’s a finesse to this which is immediately appealing, but it has taken on lovely...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Mas des Brousses, Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac, 2014

    Product Code: MAB214

    Mas des Brousses, Coteaux du Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac, 2014

    “Mourvedre grown from cuttings from the famed Domaine Tempier in Bandol, Syrah and Grenache.  Scents of cassis and blackberry with hints of...”

    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 de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2015

    Product Code: CHB315

    Domaine de la Chapelle des Bois, Chiroubles, 2015

    “"The highest of the 10 cru regions in Beaujolais, Chiroubles can be light - but not this exceptional 2015. Generously fruited but not...”

    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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  • René Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2014

    Product Code: LEQ614

    René Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2014

    “Ripe plum and blackberry scent. Definitely more black-fruited than usual, with plenty of stuffing.  Benchmark stuff, and this remains such...”

    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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