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France is without doubt the spiritual home of wine, and still ranks as number two in worldwide production. Whilst it could be said that French wine rested on its laurels and its reputation for too long following the initial growth of New World wines some 10-15 years ago, it can also be argued that winemakers in France have since come out fighting and are producing many wines to match those from the New World.

The dichotomy for France, as it also is for Italy, is that its Appellation system is based on regional names, which in the modern world of wine being labelled as varietals is confusing for newcomers to wine. This fairly rigid system whilst safeguarding and enhancing the reputation and standards of its wines, has the counter effect of restricting experimentation by winemakers. Thank goodness for the Vin de Pays system which enables winemakers to make wines from previously unallowed varietals. However some of the major Appellations have taken this problem on board, and now you will find the words “Pinot Noir or “Chardonnay”, for example, listed on many Burgundy labels.

French wine though is synonymous with its Appellations, and wines such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chablis, Champagne, Côtes du Rhône, Sancerre, etc etc are quite rightly known and respected throughout the world. The new exciting wines however are those produced under the Vin de Pays banner, though yet again here there are restrictions on varietals, and many top-quality single estate wines have to be labelled with the lowest classification, such as Vin de Pays d’Oc for example. Forward thinking French wine makers are also producing wines from many of the less well-known grape varieties, and this fits in with binendwines’ philosophy of finding slightly different wines.

If you’ve been put off French wines by confusing labelling, or stuffy wines, then look again. Check out some of these wines listed below, read my reviews, and enjoy.


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Smooth and refined with an underlying twist of freshness and supple, soft, ripe, fruit flavours on the palate, finishing with a squeeze of pithy citrus and candied pineapple.

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£8.00
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A stunning Champagne that delivers on all fronts! Fresh floral aromas combine with characteristic sweet brioche overtones, balanced by peach skin and baked biscuit flavours with a crisp citrus finish

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Red fruits with notes of white flowers, strawberry, peach, grapefruit and hawthorn shining through on the nose. On the palate it is dry, fresh and smooth with a deliciously fruity strawberry flavour on the finish. A fresh and full Provence Rose!

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£16.99
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Deep garnet/purple in hue. Dark fruit aromas on the nose – blackberries, plums. Full bodied, well-rounded on the palate, firm structure. Chewy texture, with a mineral and long, satisfying finish.

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A dry Corbiere with a nice round, lightly tannic & acidic palate, dark cherry & leather nose. Intense notes of raspberry and redcurrant, earthy 'burnt cherry' continue with hints of oak & pepper.

 

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£15.95
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Dry Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit & citrus on the nose, lively acidity and a lovely fresh, balanced finish.

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Dark purple and dark berries on the nose, full bodied lovely palate with a hint of liquorice. Great value as this was nearly £27 a bottle in Centre Parcs!

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£9.75
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Easy drinking French white with spicy, floral, citrus and pink grapefruit aromas. On the palate this wine is light with nice minerality and delicate acidity.

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