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.
Domaine Dubost Jean-Paul 2019  Gamay
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Violet color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of ripe berries, banana pastry, toffee, and kiwi relish with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lipsmacking, wholly satisfying Beaujolais-Villages that won’t let you down.
92 points $19 Best Buy
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.
Pierre de Fontval 2018  Gigondas
91 points
$36
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of potpourri, black peppercorn, hints of bacon, and tea with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long dark chocolate ganache, sandalwood, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Gigondas that delivers sultry oak amid a sea of floral and herbal aromas
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2016 Bordeaux Bordeaux AOC
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cassis preserves, pomegranate, savory herbs, toffee, honeyed crushed nuts, espresso, flamed citrus, white flowers, and earth with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long finish displaying shades of ganache with moderate oak flavor. A very handsome Bordeaux with wide appeal; a great value that will be well-loved.
91 points $12 Best Buy