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

Maison Riche 2021  Haut-Médoc
95 points
$17
Best Buy
Quite delightful and a perfect table wine that will transport you back to memories of warm spring lunches along the Charente.
95 points $17 Best Buy
Domaine Gille 2020 Single Vineyard 1er Cru Nuits St. Georges "Les Cailles"
95 points
$160
A seriously good wine as poured today, but there is so much complexity here that a decade of aging and integration will only further improve this wine that has the potential to be outstanding.
Maison Riche 2022 Pays DOc IGP Cabernet Franc
94 points
$11
Best Buy
A lovely everyday wine on its own and a fantastic pairing with a beef roast.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Chateau De Gayon 2016 Dou Barrinquet Madiran
94 points
$29
A rich and robust red that is ideal for everyday drinking while complex enough to pair with roasted meats and weekend dinners.
Chateau Mayne Mazerolles 2021  Bordeaux AOC
94 points
$30
A classy sipper that will perform exceptionally well with food pairings.
La Croix de Beauliac 2021 Création Côtes-Du-Rhône Rouge
94 points
$20
Best Buy
A seductively savory and distinctive Cotes du Rhone with a lovely melange of meaty and fruity tones.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Château Sainte Eulalie 2019 La Cantilene Minervois La Livinier
94 points
$29
An appetizingly chewy and darkly fruited French red for pleasure now or later.
Domaine Raspail-Ay 2019  Gigondas
94 points
$49.99
A classic and exceedingly delicious wine highlighting the qualities of Gigondas; can be consumed alone or with foods such as a rack of lamb.
94 points $49.99
Chevalier Du Grand Robert 2020  Cabernet Franc
94 points
$11
Best Buy
This Cabernet Franc is dark, savory, and complex yet easy going enough to drink on any day of the week.
94 points $11 Best Buy
La Croix De Saint Jean 2018 Lo Paire Other Red
94 points
$24
A rich and chewy French red that will be great as a sipper or at foodie's table.
Awards: 2022 Best Southern French Red