French Red Wines

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 red wines tend to be expensive as there is plenty of demand from traditional retailers. But there are plenty of good French red 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. 

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!

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  1. Cave de Cairanne Organic L'Insouciante AC Cotes Du Rhone

     A very pleasant warming red. At first it's a little tight with earthy aromas. Give it a bit of time to open up and it becomes very moreish in a natural style.

     

    Free sulphur: 15

    Organic: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  2. Cave de Cairanne Organic Le Bete de Don Dieu

     

    A good quality organic Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu.

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  3. Cave de Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Sans Soufre

     

    A good entry level Cotes Du Rhone without added sulphites. Great value.

     

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  4. Cave de Cairanne Secret de Campane Rouge
    The Secret de Campane from Cave de Cairanne is a Rhone blend with a drop of Merlot. Designed to be fresh and fruity for everyday drinking. Very tasty and enjoyable on its own or with a whole range of foods, but please be aware this a volume wine for Cave de Cairanne and the free sulphite level is too high for anybody with an allergy.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £8.50
  5. Cave de Cairanne Pas de la Baume Rouge

    Concours Generale Paris 2019 - Gold

    The Pas de la Baume range from Cave de Cairanne are great wines for everyday drinking. Well made, well priced and low in sulphites too, so no hangover or muzzy head. This soft and fruity red blend won Gold at the Orange Wine Awards.

    I'm impressed by this one as it is great value for money. Big black fruit with some oak and a little pepper. More traditional Rhone style at an affordable price.

    Free sulphur: 32

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £9.79
  6. Cave de Cairanne Plan de Dieu La Reserve

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 1 Star

    Cave de Cairanne La Reserve Plan de Dieu (meaning the plan of God) is one of the 17 designated villages which make up the Rhone's Cotes du Rhone Villages. For this appellation the wine can come from one of four villages in the Vaucluse area. Due to the nature of the soils these wines tend to be dense and concentrated with vivid colour. The 2016 won Gold at the Orange Wine Fair 2017 and Silver at Decanter 2017.

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £11.50
  7. Domaine D'Anglas Farigoulette Rouge Organic sulphite free wine

     

    This Farigoulette is made for every day drinking. Carignan, Aramon & Cinsault all from a single two hectare vineyard.

    Hand picked of course and fermented with the grapes own yeast. The grapes are crushed by carbonic maceration under their own weight to extract the juice with only a light amount of tannin. Aged in tank for six months.

    It's a perfectly enjoyable easy drinking red, light and fruity. Good sulphite free option at this price point.

    Free sulphur: <5

    Organic: Yes

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  8. Domaine Mayrac Organic Le Precieux Pinot Noir

    A great organic Pinot Noir from this family owned winery.

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99

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