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

La Croix De Saint Jean 2018 Lo Paire Other Red
94 points
$24
Indigo color. Aromas of figs and fruit leather, sandalwood, honey butter and kirsch, and leather and licorice with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a smooth, complex, long blackberry compote, creme brulee, and incense finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and chewy French red that will be great as a sipper or at foodie’s table.
Chateau De Roques 2018 Chateau De Roques Puisseguin St. Emilion
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of rosehips, orange peel, tobacco, mocha mousse, caramelized onion, and hints of apricot with a tannic, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long finish with notes of spiced latte and plum with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. 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
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, berry tea, hints of candied ginger, herbs de Provence, bay, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish imparting notes of orange peel with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A generous Madiran red with big fruit, well-managed tannins and effortlessly drinkable style.
La du Pere Michel 2020  Other Red
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of ground nuts, herbal honey and speck on sunflower toast, dried fruits, and potato flour with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long asian spiced plums, yams, and caramelized nuts finish with light oak flavor. 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
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of schmaltz, berry cookie, ghee, hot cocoa, and dried peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with shades of dried berry compote and pencil shavings with chewy, crunchy tannins. 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
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of herbs de provence, blueberry-orange muffin with candied lavender, fresh honey butter with cascara, and honeycomb with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of peach-berry pie, tres leches cake, spiced toffee, and pencil shavings with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau Haut Gravet 2018 Grand Chemin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
93 points
$65
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of mocha, bay, dried raspberry, sandalwood, and black tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried figs, caramel-drizzled cherries, and pencil shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Saint Emilion with a generous flavor profile; a joy to drink now and may continue to develop with time.
Kirkland Signature 2019  Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, red plum, sun dried tomatoes, leather, and grilled meat with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, brisk finish that presents touches of ripe strawberry, crushed rock, dried leaves, kalamata olives, and sandalwood with well-integrated, gritty tannins and no oak flavor. A spot-on Chateauneuf-du-Pape that shows classic savory flavors and bright red fruit.
Awards: 2021 Best Value Chateauneuf-du-Pape
92 points $19 Best Buy
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.
Awards: 2021 Best Beaujolais
92 points $19 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2020  Other Red
91 points
$15.50
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of artisanal chocolate berry bar, craisins and goji berries, spicy tomato chutney, and floral tea with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of berries in cream and butter praline with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. Super silky and tasty Grenache-led French red that glides across the palate with poise.
91 points $15.50 Best Buy