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 Chantecotes Abelia Rouge

    Orange 2021 - Gold, Guide Hatchette - 1 Star

    The Abelia range from Cave de Cairanne is a fantastic value introduction to their delicious wines, all AC Cotes du Rhone.

    This is really good, full flavoured and smooth. Great value at this price!

     

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £10.00
  2. Cave de Cairanne Pas de la Baume Rouge

    Gold - Orange Wine Awards

    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., and the previous vintage won Gold in Paris.

    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.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £9.79

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