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

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
Chateau De Roques 2018 Chateau De Roques Puisseguin St. Emilion
94 points
$20
Best Buy
While youthful, this Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion promises a rich, satisfying and layered experience after some cellar time; if drinking now, be sure to decant.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Chateau de Gayon 2015 Dou Barrinquet Madiran
94 points
$29
A generous Madiran red with big fruit, well-managed tannins and effortlessly drinkable style.
Kirkland Signature 2019  St. Julien
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Good Bordeaux and good Merlot continue to be something special in the world of wine.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2020  Côtes-Du-Rhône Villages Rouge
93 points
$6
Best Buy
Notes of fruit and earthy flavors on the palate combined with a well balanced body make this an ideal pairing for lamb or a fancy grilled burger.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $8 and Under' Exceptional Value 2022 Best Rhone Red Cotes Du Rhone
93 points $6 Best Buy
Astarté 2020  Merlot
93 points
$19
Best Buy
A lean and bright Merlot. Bright fruit and well integrated tannins makes this wine very drinkable.
93 points $19 Best Buy
La du Pere Michel 2020  Other Red
93 points
$11
Best Buy
A full throttle, chewy, and appetizing Southern French red that will be fun to pair with.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Rhone to the Bone 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Spicy fruit and oak flavors keep this festive French red engaging and quenching.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
93 points
$15
Best Buy
A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.
93 points $15 Best Buy