French wines are lighter-bodied, lower in alcohol, and higher in acidity than warm-climate wines. Most French wines are named after the place they come from, such as “Bordeaux”, ” Provence”, “Loire Valley” or “Burgundy.” French wines can be confusing because they rarely put the name of the grape on the bottle but they give the greatest pleasure of any wine producing region. The quality of even the least expensive French wine has improved impressively.
The Barton & Guestier range represents the wonderful diversity of French wines from the main winegrowing regions. With almost three centuries of experience in the wine business, Barton & Guestier is the 1st French brand name, known to millions of consumers worldwide.
B & G Merlot Vin De Pays captures the essential fruit charm and structure of a French merlot without resorting to faux oak or sweetness.
B & G Pinot Noir Bistro ensured optimal grape flavors with low-yields, hand-tending and careful cluster selection maximized concentrated ripeness and complex flavor development. Grapes were gently crushed and destemmed before entering stainless steel tanks for a long, cool fermentation, focusing the intrinsic brightness and vibrant strawberry and plum flavors. B & G, Barton & Guestier is a winemaker of fine French wines and Bordeaux wines.
Bouzereau Meursault Grand Charrons is Meursault in its archetypal form. Floral notes, apple, peach, stone fruits and vanilla on the nose all lead towards a rich and opulent palate of stone fruits, hazlenuts and an alluring hint of vanilla. Medium bodied, spectacular acidity and balanced fruit.
Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree is deep, full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated. An opaque ruby/purple color in addition to a spectacular nose of grilled toast, cured olives, cassis, fried bacon, and smoke. As it sits in the glass, additional nuances emerge. -Rated 94, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Charles Bove AC Vouvray is steely and vivacious when young and ages magnificently for decades because of its dynamic balance between acidity and sweetness. The Charles Bove company was founded in the 19th century in Montrichard, in the Loire Valley. Its base of operations was, and is, an enormous rock quarry, abandoned after it had been quarried for building the Loire Chateaux.
Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape was one of the very first domaines to practise organic viticulture – namely no use of herbicides, insecticides or any other chemicals. Beaucastel is perhaps the most famous Chateauneuf du Pape wine. It’s also one of the oldest estates in the appellation dating all the way back to 1549, when the families first stake in the region came into being. Pierre de Beaucastel purchased the original parcel of vineyard land for the family which was located in the Coudoulet appellation.
In the 16th century, Château Bonnet’s vineyards in Grézillac, near Bordeaux, france were planted by the de Reynier family, rich merchants from Libourne. These dynamic négociants acquired the “maison noble de Bonnet” circa 1560 and consolidated the vineyards around the manor house. In order to do so, they exchanged numerous plots and bought others that were covered with trees. Attractive pale yellow color with green highlights. Good concentration with hints of white flowers.
Chateau Bonnet Rouge is bottled in the legendary “terroir” of Bordeaux, France by famed producer André Lurton. Château Bonnet’s vineyards in Grézillac were planted by the de Reynier family, rich merchants from Libourne, in the 16th century. André Lurton is one of the top three land holders in Bordeaux. Château Bonnet is the largest estate in the region, and André Lurton’s number one brand in the United States.
“Chateau Cheval Blanc 2011 is one of the more plump, opulent and sexy Cheval Blancs made over recent vintages, and its forwardness, lusciousness and complexity seemingly suggest this wine is on a fast evolutionary track.” – Rated 95, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Chateau Cheval Blanc is located between Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, the estate has established its identity through the gravel and clay soils which are closely interwoven over the 45 parcels that make up the estate.
Chateau La Grande Clotte is managed by Michel Rolland and Dany Rolland under a leasing agreement. Michel Rolland, born in Libourne, France, is a Bordeaux-based oenologist, with hundreds of clients across 13 countries and influencing wine style around the world. It is his consultancies outside France that have set him apart from all but a handful of his countrymen. Michel Rolland’s first clients included the Bordeaux Châteaux Troplong Mondot, Angélus, and Beau-Séjour Bécot. The red wine of Chateau La Grande Clotte is aged in a combination of one and two year old, used oak barrels and has a much larger production as it’s close to 4,000 cases per year.
Delas Frères cultivates vineyards on the steep granite slopes of the northern Rhône, in some of the region’s most prestigious appellations. Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange to epitomize finesse and elegance, recent Delas Frères vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have won renewed praise for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.
Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu 2013 results out of their steadfast commitment to biodynamic viticulture and classic winemaking, both hallmarks of the Domaine Huet story.
Round and fruity on the palate, this medium to full-bodied, very elegant and persistent wine shows ripe and concentrated fruit, a delicately yeasty texture with a very fine grip, and is followed by a long, intense finish packed with minerals.
Eric Chevalier Chardonnay is an un-oaked Chardonnay goodness that is seductive in its directness and easy simplicity. Exactly what Chardonnay grown in the Loire should taste like. The Loire Valley where it borders the Atlantic is among the most complex terroir in the world, but fortunately, this has never translated into high prices. Although Éric Chevalier works with a number of different grape varieties, his terroir leaves its distinctive mark on each of his delicious, price-worthy wines.
Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon was made from specially selected grapes of an ultra-ripe harvest, sourced from low-yielding vines grown in the foothills of Pézenas near the revered Minervois appellation in France. From the start, their aim was to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon with intense fruit flavor and real character utilizing quality grapes. Rich and powerful with a hint of licorice, smooth tannins with a robust and lively finish.
Fat Bastard Chardonnay has an elegant, pale golden color with aromas of vanilla, hazelnut and toast. A full-bodied Chardonnay with bright, fresh fruit flavors and a hint of oak. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness. On the palate, this wine has a full body with an eruption of tropical fruit flavors that develop into a long, toasty finish.
Fat Bastard Shiraz has deep crimson in color with flavors of fresh-picked, ripe red berries. Smooth oak combines with a touch of spice for a spectacular Shiraz. Fat bastard Shiraz is a fine example of our long term partnerships with our growers throughout the Occitaine region as well as their deep knowledge of the area's unique climate conditions. A perfect match with red meat, lamb, spicy foods and full-bodied cheeses.