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. 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.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £17.99



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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 Dilettante Rouge 2012 75cl

Decanter 2015 - Bronze Medal

Organically certified by Ecocert.

A complex Syrah with flavours of dark chocolate followed by mint. Vey smooth and balanced. This wine is lovely.

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Price: £16.00



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Domaine Mayrac Organic Dilettante Rouge 2012 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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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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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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Domaine Mayrac Organic Milesime Rouge 2009 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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Domaine Mayrac Organic Milesime Rouge 2009 75cl
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic No SO2 Rouge 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Organically certified by Ecocert.

A sulphite free blend of Syrah and Merlot from this excellent small French organic winery.

Deep opaque colour with a purple rim. A very natural nose. Deep red fruit flavours on the palate, very smooth with a typical dry finish. Good wine despite the label!

The Mayrac reds are fined with egg white so vegetarian (but not vegan).

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Domaine Mayrac Organic No SO2 Rouge 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Domaine Mayrac Organic Esprit Nature 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Organically certified by Ecocert.

Another sulphite free wine from Domaine Mayrac. This time a blend of Syrah and Merlot.

Deep opaque colour with a purple rim. A hint of mint and eucalyptus on the nose. Plenty of fruit flavours on the palate, again very smooth with balanced natural acidity and again a dry finish. Very similar to their Syrah Merlot blend but with a little more spice. Good wine and a much better label!

The Mayrac reds are fined with egg white so vegetarian (but not vegan).

Domaine Mayrac Website

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Domaine Mayrac Organic Esprit Nature 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

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

Bois du Roi Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2012 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

Challenge Millésime Bio 2015 - Gold medal for 2011

Deep opaque purple in colour. This is a big wine and is best decanted as it really opens up given some time to breathe. Big black fruit flavours, velvet mouth feel and soft tannins.



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Bois du Roi Rouge Organic Domaine Costes Cirgues 2012 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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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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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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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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Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
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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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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: £25.00



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<5 mg/l
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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: £22.99



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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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Mareotis Domaine Viret 2011 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Renaissance Domaine Viret 2013 Sulphite free natural wine

This is the latest vintage of Philippe's Renaissance. This is now Viret's most popular wine and demand outstrips supply. I will say though, this 2013 is bursting with fruit and is drinking beautifully. In my opinion the best vintage yet.

Master Sommelier and wine writer John Szabo wrote June 2012 in the Toronto Evening Standard:

"When I brought the first glass up to my nose, the 'entry level' Renaissance cuvee, a typical southern

Rhône blend of Grenache, syrah and mourvèdre, I was struck immediately by how fresh, how pure, how

vital this 2009 vintage wine smelled. It was an essence of fresh, crushed black fruit, black licorice,

violets, lavender and savoury herbs. And what was even more amazing was how 15 per cent alcohol went

completely unnoticed – long time readers of my reviews know how much I dislike over ripe, raisined

wines. But not here, the acidity (all natural, naturally) was incredibly vibrant and fresh. Astonishing."

Please note this wine has to say "contains sulphites" on the back label as the amount of naturally occurring sulphites produced during fermentation exceeded 10mg/l. Philippe did not add any sulphites when he made it. The TOTAL sulphites of this wine are actually 14mg/l. This is completely harmless and it can be regarded as a completely sulphite free wine for health reasons and is actively very good for you.

Domaine Viret Website



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Renaissance Domaine Viret 2013 Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Sylibre Domaine Viret 2009 Sulphite free natural wine

Sylibre Syrah. This is a big meaty wine, very "Amarone" in style!

Big aromas on the nose - all Philippe's wines have a particular smell that we just love. You could swirl it round the glass for half an hour just smelling it as it begins to aerate and the fruit really starts to come out. We couldn't wait that long though and had to get stuck in to get these tasting notes posted.

Strong fruit flavours with some raisin, reminiscent of one of my favourite wines, Amarone, which is made by the appassimento method of pre-drying the grapes to concentrate the sugars. Well this has big sweet fruit and big alcohol too at`15%. Super smooth, full bodied and all the components fully integrated. This wine was aged in the cellar for 60 months before release, so this is a very rare opportunity to get your hands on some aged Viret!

Domaine Viret Website



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Sylibre Domaine Viret 2009 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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Natural Wine Energie Yang 2014 Domaine Viret 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Domaine Viret MPN Rouge 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

A brand new wine from Philippe made from a blend of various indigenous Rhone grape varieties. These were only lighlty pressed with a short maceration on the skins to extract the best juice and leave most of the tannin.

This has produced a light and fruity wine, very much in the Beaujolais style, which can be drunk chilled. It's very pleasant!

Please note it does say "contains sulphites" on the label as it is just over the legal minimum of ten parts per million, so has to state it by law. It does in fact contain 11 parts per million Total SO2 and 5 parts per million Free SO2. These amounts are so miniscule it can be treated as completely sulphite free.

Excuse the poor image!

Domaine Viret Website



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Domaine Viret MPN Rouge 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Domaine Viret Solstice Rouge 2014 75cl Sulphite free natural wine

This is a sulphite free blend from Philippe, designed to be drunk young.

It's fairly dark and inky in appearance, as it is unfined and unfiltered retaining the natural flavour and natural goodness of the wine.

Domaine Viret Website

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Domaine Viret Solstice Rouge 2014 75cl Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Cloitre des Dames AC Margaux 75cl


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Cloitre des Dames AC Margaux 75cl