Another affordable Bordeaux find at Trader Joe's, we review the Chateau Roudier Montagne Saint-Emilion. The label doesn't specify the blend but Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are the only varieties permitted in the appellation. It is likely … [Read more...]
French Wine! The Best Wines From France
For many people wine is synonymous with France. After all, it's been a part of the French way of life for hundreds of years. France is also home to some of the world's most expensive wines (in places like Bordeaux and Burgundy for example); however, that doesn't mean there aren't bargains to be had!
In our list of the Best Wines from France under $20 we make it easy. All of the good and none of the bad.
If you asked people to list what comes to mind when they think of the country of France, French wine would, without a doubt, be near the top of the list. But there is so much wine that comes from this place (and some of it is so incredibly expensive) that it can be dizzyingly complex to navigate your way around vino from this country.
With 15+ major wine regions in France (like the Rhone Valley and Languedoc), each with their own unique set of rules, it’s no wonder consumers find French wine so confusing. It also doesn't help that most French wines begin with the word "Château" or "Domaine" and have rather similar, old-fashioned looking labels!
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In this section, I offer a number of recommendations of my favorite, inexpensive wines from all over France, all offering tremendous quality. Let's get started on a lifelong journey of exploring the wine of France!
Read on for our list of The Best French Wines Under $20!
Kirkland Signature Cotes de Provence Rosé – Lip-Smackingly Good Stuff
This one never lasts long at Costco so stock up now! The highly refreshing and delicious Kirkland Signature Cotes de Provence Rosé is here. A rosé blend of 37% Grenache, 29% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 7% Carignan, 7% Tibouren, 6% Vermentino and 4% Ugni Blanc wine from Cotes de … [Read more...]
Baron De Taste Reserve Margaux From Trader Joe's
Another Trader Joe's find from a prestigious area of Bordeaux, but does it measure up? We review the Baron De Taste Reserve Margaux. No details are given but given the Left Bank location this wine is likely a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon but could also contain … [Read more...]
Trader Joe's Diamond Reserve Pauillac Review
A true Diamond Reserve or just a big name? We review the new Trader Joe's Diamond Reserve Pauillac Lot #04. Today we're checking out the fourth wine in Trader Joe's top of the line Diamond Reserves series. … [Read more...]
Chateau de Marsan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Review
A smooth, dense and delicious $8 find from Costco, we review the Chateau de Marsan Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux. 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Lestiac-sur-Garonne district in Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux, France. The wine is aged 12 months in French oak … [Read more...]
Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres - Deliciously Dark and Chewy
A splurgeworthy find from an estate dating back to 1150, the Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres. A GSM blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from a single block of 50+ year-old vines in Vinsobres in the southern Rhone Valley of France. The wine is aged in cement … [Read more...]
B by Fonbadet Bordeaux - What A Find!
Trader Joe's slashes the price on an expensive, high scoring Bordeaux. We review the B by Fonbadet Bordeaux. OK, we're not quite sure how Trader Joe's managed this one. Unlike a lot of the wines they stock, there have been a few big-name sellers of this wine. Wine Access … [Read more...]
Miraval Provence Rosé - Tasty Stuff
Does it live up to the hype? We review the Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé. A dry rosé blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Syrah from vineyards close to the village of Correns in Provence, France. … [Read more...]
Pontificis GSM - A GSM Blend for the Masses
Another consistently good Trader Joe's pick, the Pontificis GSM. 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre from several different areas in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. This includes Tautavel (Grenache and Syrah), the Herault Plain (Syrah), Puicheric which … [Read more...]
Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc - Quite The Deal
A $7 steal from Trader Joe's, Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France. … [Read more...]
E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge - A Classic Rhone Value
A great wine for the price that is widely available, including at some Costco locations. We review the E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from vines with an average age of 35 years throughout the southern Rhone Valley of France. The … [Read more...]
Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur - A Bordeaux Bargain From Costco
Is it still quite the find at only $6.99? We check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot from Bordeaux, France. It is aged in French oak for 12 months. … [Read more...]
Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé - Strawberry Fields Forever
Bubbly makes everything better, especially if it's the Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé. 100% Pinot Noir Rosé from Alsace, France. This sparkling wine is made in the methode traditionnelle (the same as Champagne) where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation … [Read more...]
Kirkland Signature Gigondas - Authentically Good
A solidly satisfying Southern Rhone bargain from Costco, we check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Gigondas, now a Bulk Buy! 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre from Gigondas, Southern Rhone Valley, France. … [Read more...]
Faire La Fete Brut - Crisp and Tasty
Pair it with salty snacks and a good football game! A tasty sparkling wine at a great Costco price, the Faire La Fete Brut. Sparkling wine made from 60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin Blanc, 15% Pinot Noir from Limoux, France. … [Read more...]
Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah – Full-Blown Delicious
A simply satisfying and super ripe table wine that will have you dreaming of your next European vacation, the Trader Joe's Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah from the Languedoc in the South of France. The wine is fermented in concrete … [Read more...]
Department 66 D66 Others - Dark, Inky, Delicious Grenache Goodness
A beautiful, but high alcohol blend (at an great Costco price) from the Cotes Catalanes appellation in Southern France near Spain, the Department 66 Wines "D66" Others from Dave Phinney. Primarily Grenache along with Syrah and Carignan from vines up to 65 years of age in … [Read more...]
Le Fat Bastard Pinot Noir - Simple But Good
Smooth, fresh and fruity, we review the Le Fat Bastard Pinot Noir from southern France. Pinot Noir primarily from from select vineyards in the foothills of Massif Central near the communes of Pézenas and Narbonne, France. … [Read more...]
Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages - A Whole Lot of Complexity For $7
The best value in all of the Costco Kirkland Signature wines? We check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from Cotes du Rhone Villages, France. … [Read more...]
Loudenotte Cuvée Réservée Pinot Noir From Trader Joe's
Drinkable $6.99 French Pinot Noir from Trader Joe's? We review the Loudenotte Cuvée Réservée Pays d'Oc Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from Languedoc-Roussillon, France. … [Read more...]
Laurent Dublanc Tradition et Terroir Cotes du Rhone from Trader Joe's
A solid little GSM blend, we review the Laurent Dublanc Tradition et Terroir Cotes du Rhone from Trader Joe's. While the label doesn't specify, the wine is a blend of predominantly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (aka GSM) from the Rhone Valley of France. … [Read more...]
Hampton Water Rosé - Good Medicine
Bon Jovi plus Gerard Bertrand equals a delicious dry rosé? We review the Hampton Water Rosé, available widely including at many Costco locations. A rosé blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from Languedoc, France. A portion of the wine is aged … [Read more...]
Le Fat Bastard Chardonnay - Just Right
Surprisingly balanced and light on its feet, we review Le Fat Bastard Chardonnay. 100% Chardonnay from Languedoc, France. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation and just a portion is aged in oak. It has just 0.39 g/L residual sugar and is vegan friendly. … [Read more...]
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