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 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.
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.
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.
92 points $19 Best Buy
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
Volupie 2018  Buzet
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum and cherry, paprika, almond butter, clove, and honey graham with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish conveying elements of sandalwood with light oak flavor. A chewy and mouthfilling red with charming aromatics.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018  Pinot Noir
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of grilled cherries, strawberry fruit leather, raspberry tisane, gherkins, and forest mushrooms with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light body and a tingling, intriguing, fleeting cinnamon-dusted raisins and plum sauce finish with coating tannins. A solid French Pinot Noir for weeknight pairing.
90 points $14 Best Buy