About Red Wines from France

About Red Wines from France
Where does one start when discussing wine and France? As well as being one of the two leading wine-producing countries in the world (along with Italy - the numbers are extremely close every year), it is the spiritual birthplace of so many famous wines, from the great red and white Burgundies to the esteemed red wines of Bordeaux as well as the world's finest sparkling wine, Champagne. While these wines have been celebrated and praised for many decades and can be found on the finest wine lists around the world, there have been problems for French wines in overall sales - the belief that French wines are necessarily expensive does not help. This is especially true with younger buyers, as strict French wine laws have meant that the country's producers are limited regarding innovation. Thus France has lost market share to numerous New World Countries such as the US, Chile and Argentina and even to its neighbor, Italy. Still, French wines are undisputed as far as respect around the world and there have been some marketing campaigns lately that have driven sales for wines such as Cotes-du-Rhone and those from Provence. It is obvious that French wines will always be held in great regard by consumers and critics alike.

Top Picks for France

Red Wines

Chateau Chantelune 2015 Jose Sanfins Margaux
95 points
$50
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled raspberry, roasted beets, suede, and apple cider with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a very long finish with touches of chestnut and mocha yogurt. An unctuous, seductive Bordeaux; fantastic concentration and length.
Domaine de Pradas 2016  Gigondas
93 points
$45
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted berries on a cedar plank, peppercorns and pickling spices, fruit salad and sesame, and blossoms with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish that shows accents of cherry with medium, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A ripe and rewarding Gigondas with a lot of flavor, personality, and sense of place.
Maison de Grand Esprit 2015 La Mystèriale Lussac St. Emilion
93 points
$45
Garnet color. Aromas of crushed raspberries, plum preserves, flaky pastry crust, acacia honey, and cocoa powder with a dryish full body and a medium-long black tea, leather, and earth finish. An earthy Bordeaux with brooding dark fruit.
Maison de Grand Esprit 2015 Grand Esprit Saint-Estèphe Bordeaux
93 points
$100
Indigo color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of rose tea, rosehip jam, cherry relish, cedar, licorice, sweet buns, and spearmint with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a nuanced, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Layers and layers of flavor to explore in this delicious and elegant Saint-Estephe.
Chateau La Fleur 2016  Montagne St. Emilion
92 points
$40
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pan sauce, savory herb melange, and chocolate dipped candied orange peel with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long finish. A grippy Bordeaux for rich steaks now or later; drink through 2030
Château Tuilerie de Plaisance 2015  Montagne St. Emilion
92 points
$50
Dusty black garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cranberry, black toast, cardamom, and cinnamon with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish revealing notes of geranium, roasted beets, and thyme with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, high-impact Bordeaux that’s delicious now and will cellar well.
Château Rastouillet Lescure 2015  Saint-Emilion
92 points
$55
Dusty black garnet color. Aromas of blackberry coulis, sage, and toasted caraway rye with a round, vibrant, dry medium body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length black tea, fresh scone, earth, and cinnamon finish. A rich Bordeaux layered with intriguing spices and concentrated fruit.
Chateau Gemeillan 2014  Médoc Cru Bourgeois
92 points
$52
Dark dusty garnet color. Meaty aromas of liver pate, cherry mostarda, char-grilled bread with butter, and cedar plank with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long lingonberry, salted herbs, and coriander finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy and savory Medoc to write home about.
Chateau Chantelune 2015  Margaux
92 points
$123
Dark violet color. Inviting aromas of peony petals, dark chocolate, menthol, and sugared plums with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cranberry, spearmint, salty prosciutto, ginger, and rootbeer finish with medium tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious Bordeaux that highlights fruit and spice.
Maison Deux-Fleurs 2017  Coteaux Bourguignons
91 points
$30
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry pie, chocolate and vanilla wafers, and beet with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with touches of pencil shavings and blackberries with well-integrated, dusty tannins and no oak flavor. A bright and pure, gamay-led French red that is a pleasure to drink with or without food.