French Red Wine

We don't place an emphasis on France (unlike many retailers) as we source our wines primarily on their own merits before appellation or region. The best French wines tend to be expensive as there is plenty of demand from traditional retailers. But there are plenty of good French wines at reasonable prices, particularly from the former Vin de Pays regions along the South coast.

The majority of our French offerings are natural, sulphite free wines from the Rhone and Languedoc regions. We're also listing some other good value French wines, and some Bordeaux and Burgundy which we've recently discovered tucked away in the warehouse.

When it comes to Bordeaux I personally prefer a good Bordeaux blend from warmer more reliable climates outside France. In fact a "Bordeaux blend" is my favourite wine so I'm always keen to find good ones. We have some great examples from Argentina, South Africa and Italy, and even some from New Zealand although the New Zealand ones in particular have a definite "new world" style to them. Give them a go - you would have to spend a lot more money to find anything anywhere near their equivalent from France!
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Excellence Pinot Noir 2010 75cl

Organically certified by Ecocert.

Limoux is one of the few French regions (after Burgundy) producing top class Pinot Noir. Perhaps it is coincidence that the region produces top Chardonnay, and top sparkling wines as well? I expect this reserve wine from Mayrac to be something special.

"Excellence" is a very apt name for this wine. It is velvet smooth, with good body. Fruit and oak in harmony, with excellent natural acidity.

Sorry, virtually all sold we have restricted this wine to 2 bottles per order.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £17.99


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90 Points
Gluten free
Vegetarian
Organic Certification
Sustainable Farming




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Domaine Mayrac Organic Excellence Pinot Noir 2010 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Enigma Syrah 2007 75cl

Organically certified by Ecocert.

Delicious! Big black cherry flavours with vanilla and a hint of white pepper. Perfectly balanced wine with good natural acidity. Superb.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £25.00


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Domaine Mayrac Organic Enigma Syrah 2007 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Caractere Pinot Noir 2014/15 75cl

Organically certified by Ecocert.

A delicious oak aged pinot noir with bags of fruit, very smooth and well balanced with some vanilla on the long finish. This wine is hand crafted, organically certified and very low in sulphites.

2015 vintage, Free SO2 16mg/l

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £10.99


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Free Sulphur
7 mg/l
Gluten free
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Domaine Mayrac Organic Caractere Pinot Noir 2014/15 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Fantastiqe Arinarnoa 2011/14 75cl

Milesime Bio - Silver Medal 2013

Organically certified by Ecocert.

Arinarnoa is a grape native to the Limoux region of France. For this wine it was oak aged. Ruby in colour with red and black fruit on the nose and a hint of mint. On the palate it is soft and mellow with light fruit flavours. Very smooth and well balanced (as there is no added tartaric acid).

2014 vintage, Free SO2 17mg/l

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £11.99


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11 mg/l
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Domaine Mayrac Organic Fantastiqe Arinarnoa 2011/14 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Identite 2010 75cl

Organically certified by Ecocert.

A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, matured in oak. Very deep colour. Lovely fruit flavours on the palate with noticeable oak. Great balance and very smooth with a big finish.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £10.99


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17 mg/l
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Domaine Mayrac Organic Identite 2010 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Milesime Rouge 2009 75cl

Organically certified by Ecocert.

Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon aged in oak.

Very deep ruby in colour, and you can pick up the Syrah on the nose. Dark savoury flavours with blackberries. Very very smooth.

2009 vintage, Free SO2 20mg/l. A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Franc - very similar in style to the 2008.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £13.99


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17 mg/l
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Domaine Mayrac Organic Milesime Rouge 2009 75cl
 
 

Montplaisir Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2014 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

New vintage and new blend - and new lower price too.

This vintage is a huge improvement on the previous one we stocked (2011). Grenache, Mourvedre and Merlot. It is much smoother, softer and less dry on the finish. Medium bodied and full of black fruits. It's a lovely wine and is now excellent value for money.



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Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Organic Certification
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Montplaisir Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2014 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Saint Cyr Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2012 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

2 stars Guide Hachette 2015

Deep opaque ruby in colour. Swirl it round in the glass and the nose really opens up. Big damson and plum flavours in the mouth. Very smooth and balanced.



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<5 mg/l
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Saint Cyr Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2012 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Chateau Costes Cirgues Organic 2012 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Decanter Commended

The 2010 received

Signature Bio 2013 - Gold Medal

Concours de Grands Vins de Languedoc Roussillon 2014 - Gold Medal

Please excuse the picture! Their wines are only made in tiny quantities and not commercially available so we had to photoshop the only available image we could get. The flagship wine.

80% Syrah, 20% Grenache hand harvested into small trays from another tiny 1.6 hectare vineyard. Gravity fed, concrete fermented then aged in French oak for 18 months prior to blending.

Black fruit from the Grenache with some pepper from the Syrah. Big, rich and opulent.



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Price: £24.95


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92 Points
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Chateau Costes Cirgues Organic 2012 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Chemin des Moutons Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2010 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

This is the flagship red wine from Domaine D'Anglas. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache aged for two years in oak. A big warming wine, seriously good in it's own right. Being completely sulphite free is a major bonus of course.

Domaine D'Anglas Website



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93 Points
Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Gluten free
Organic Certification
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Chemin des Moutons Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2010 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Esprit de la Garrigue Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2009 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

We're getting into seriously good wines now. From a tiny 2 hectare vineyard, this wine consists of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache. All work is done manually including hand picking and destalking. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in wooden vats. Roger recommends opening this wine 12 hours before consuming for best results. That's pretty unrealistic here in the UK but I'd recommend decanting or pouring into a jug to aerate it and leaving it for as long as you comfortably can because it does change significantly as it aerates. Great with red meats like lamb or game such as duck.

Domaine D'Anglas Website



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Price: £14.99


Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

91 Points
Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Gluten free
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Esprit de la Garrigue Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2009 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Le Petit Roy Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2013 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

New vintage just arrived.

Domaine D'Anglas Website



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Price: £11.99


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Le Petit Roy Organic Domaine D'Anglas 2013 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Emergence Domaine Viret 2011 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Appellation Cotes du Rhone Villages St Maurice Controlee.

Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, from old vines, aged in barriques for 24 months. This is a big wine which really benefits from decanting and leaving for half an hour. It's deep purple in colour with a 'eucalyptus' nose. There are intense fruit flavours on the palate with a little spice. It's full bodied with noticeable alcohol, though still mellow, and very very smooth, with a very long finish. It's a very impressive wine.

Due to their unique composition of natural anti oxidants rather than sulphur, these Domain Viret wines will all benefit from decanting or aerating before drinking (preferably for 30 minutes) to get the best out of them. They all open up remarkably once given the chance to react with the air.

Domaine Viret Website

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Price: £23.99


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93 Points
Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Vegan
Sustainable Farming

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Emergence Domaine Viret 2011 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Colonnades Domaine Viret 2009 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Appellation Cotes du Rhone Villages St Maurice Controlee.

Grenache, Mouverdre and Carignan, aged in barriques for 24 months. Deep ruby in colour with a big nose of white chocolate and mint. Swirl it in the glass and you'll see it has great legs. I commented 'it even smells smooth'! Again there's apparent alcohol, but this is very well balanced by strong fruit flavours and just the right acidity. It's big and rich, full bodied, with a little smokey pepper. It's very smooth with a long finish. We had a handful of the 2006, then a few dozen of the 2007, and now we're onto the 2008 as Philippe makes this wine in very small quantities each vintage.

Due to their unique composition of natural anti oxidants rather than sulphur, these Domain Viret wines will all benefit from decanting or aerating before drinking (preferably for 30 minutes) to get the best out of them. They all open up remarkably once given the chance to react with the air.

Domaine Viret Website

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Price: £21.48


Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

92 Points
Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
No wood used
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Colonnades Domaine Viret 2009 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Mareotis Domaine Viret 2011 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Appellation Cotes du Rhone Villages St Maurice Controlee.

We're now getting into some seriously good wine. Mareotis is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, aged in barriques for 24 months. Purple in colour with ruby edges. Stewed fruits on the nose. Big dark fruit flavours with a savoury edge. It's a big powerful, full bodied wine. Again supremely balanced flavour, alcohol and acidity, very smooth. Dark chocolate flavours on the very long finish.

Due to their unique composition of natural anti oxidants rather than sulphur, these Domain Viret wines will all benefit from decanting or aerating before drinking (preferably for 30 minutes) to get the best out of them. They all open up remarkably once given the chance to react with the air.

Domaine Viret Website

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Price: £21.48


Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

92 Points
Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Mareotis Domaine Viret 2011 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Natural Wine Energie Yang 2014 Domaine Viret 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Energie Yang is a delicious, natural Cotes du Rhone blend. Deep ruby in colour with red fruits on the nose. Soft and warm, very smooth, with strong fruit flavours and a slight mineral edge. This wine is far more than organic or even biodynamic, it's made without the addition of any sulphur whatsoever, which is frankly remarkable. When we first tried it, as well as being a lovely wine in it's own right, we found it had a positive tonic effect on us which we can't really explain. Is it just a coincidence that Alain and Philippe have called it 'Energie'? I don't pretend to understand their 'cosmoculture' system, as we only had time to experience a little while we were out there, but it certainly works. Their wines are unlike any other I have ever tasted, and this Yang is a great introduction to them before splashing out on their premium wines - which I'm sure you will once you experience the joys of drinking wine with no added sulphur.

Due to their unique composition of natural anti oxidants rather than sulphur, these Domain Viret wines will all benefit from decanting or aerating before drinking (preferably for 30 minutes) to get the best out of them. They all open up remarkably once given the chance to react with the air.

Domaine Viret Website



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Price: £11.99


Sulphite Content:
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Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
No wood used
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Natural Wine Energie Yang 2014 Domaine Viret 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Cloitre des Dames AC Margaux 75cl


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Cloitre des Dames AC Margaux 75cl