French Wines

French Wines

The advance of the French wine industry stopped abruptly as first Mildew and then Phylloxera spread throughout the country, indeed across all of Europe, leaving vineyards  desolate. Then came  an economic downturn in Europe followed by two world wars, and the French wine industry didn't fully recover for decades. Meanwhile competition had arrived and threatened the treasured French "brands" such as Champagne and Bordeaux. This resulted in the establishment  in 1935 of the Appellation d'Origine  Contrôlée to protect French interests. Large investments, the economic upturn following World War II and a new generation of Vignerons yielded results in the 1970s and the following decades, creating the modern French wines we know   today.

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  • Bellefontaine Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl
    Rich, vibrant and aromatic fruit showing soft plummy flavours but with full jammy fruit too then quite dry tannic bite giving it structure and length in the mouth. The Bellefontaine range is made from Vins de Pays sourced from the Languedoc in the south. Every year Paul Boutinot selects only quality parcels of wine from different estates and producers, each contributing key component parts..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Bellefontaine Chardonnay 75cl
    Bellefontaine Chardonnay comes from the Languedoc Roussillon region. An unoaked Chardonnay that is clean, fresh and full of flavour. Ripe and aromatic pear with a touch of fresh peach, fresh and zingy in the mouth starting off with gummy mineral tones then getting fuller and peachier, quite concentrated fruit flavour but balanced by crisp acidity ..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Bellefontaine Merlot 75cl
    Rich, vibrant and aromatic fruit showing soft plummy flavours but with full jammy fruit too then quite dry tannic bite giving it structure and length in the mouth. Made from Vin de Pays sourced from the Languedoc region in the south of France, the Bellefontaine range has established an international reputation for consistent quality and value. Every year Paul Boutinot selects only quality par..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc 75cl
    Classic Sauvignon Blanc nose with herbaceous notes, yet with underlying ripeness. Rich citrus character on the palate is livened up by zesty acidity and a lingering finish. Made from Vin de Pays sourced from the Languedoc region in the south of France, the Bellefontaine range has established an international reputation for consistent quality and value. Every year Paul Boutinot selects only qu..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Bellefontaine Shiraz 75cl
    Bellefontaine Shiraz, Vins de Pays d`Oc, a delicious, full-bodied French red wine from the parched slopes of the Languedoc . This wine has plenty of spice and ripe damsoms with a farmy rustic edge, lovely rich dark fruits with 'meaty' concentration and style, full flavoured but reasonably soft and drinking well. Peppery, upfront red fruit, smooth tannins and a rounded finish. This red wine work..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Chat-Eu-Oeuf Red Wine 70cl
    The Story of Chat-en-Oeuf Our ever so talented winemakers have been handcrafting vinous masterpieces for over thirty years.  Our current crop of winemakers, Samantha and Eric know a good sniff and slurp when they come up with one and Chat-en-Oeuf was just that. In our opinion – if the wine doesn’t taste great and bring a smile to your face, then why bother! Wine is about d..
    £6.49 Ex Tax:£5.41
  • Chat-Eu-Oeuf White Wine 70cl (Cat on wall)
    The Story of Chat-en-Oeuf Our ever so talented winemakers have been handcrafting vinous masterpieces for over thirty years.  Our current crop of winemakers, Samantha and Eric know a good sniff and slurp when they come up with one and Chat-en-Oeuf was just that. In our opinion – if the wine doesn’t taste great and bring a smile to your face, then why bother! Wine is about d..
    £6.49 Ex Tax:£5.41
  • Chat-Eu-Oeuf-Rose-Wine-70cl
    The Story of Chat-en-Oeuf Our ever so talented winemakers have been handcrafting vinous masterpieces for over thirty years.  Our current crop of winemakers, Samantha and Eric know a good sniff and slurp when they come up with one and Chat-en-Oeuf was just that. In our opinion – if the wine doesn’t taste great and bring a smile to your face, then why bother! Wine is about d..
    £6.49 Ex Tax:£5.41
  • Chateau Bonnet Reserve Bordeaux 75cl
    From one of the most famous and respected Chateau owners in Bordeaux comes this great value wine from Andre Lurton. Stylish, bursting with attractive red berry and cherry notes together with some elegant smoky notes. It is ample and smooth and a great length oozes with fruits. ..
    £10.99 Ex Tax:£9.16
  • Chateau Du Caillau Cahors Malbec 75cl
    Chateau du Caillau’s 60 hectares are planted with 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot and the vineyard area is divided into parcels that are vinified separately and blended in the January following the vintage before maturing in oak for the Cahors appellation red. The estate spreads over a stretch of land on the alluvial floor of the valley amid the meanders of the river Lot and its soils, containing gra..
    £9.49 Ex Tax:£7.91
  • Chateau Saint Benoit de Ferrand Pomerol 75cl 2010
    Classic Pomerol flavours of violets and fleshy red fruits. Powerful and moreish. ..
    £26.99 Ex Tax:£22.49
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Galets Roules 75cl
    A great youthful mouthful of Châteauneuf. The grapes for Les Galets Roulés ,Châteauneuf du Pape, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, are carefully selected and undergo a traditional long cuvaison at high temperature and extended maceration on the skins in order to extract plenty of colour, fruit and tannins. This results in a complex wine that has warm, red, spicy fruit and damson aromas. ..
    £17.99 Ex Tax:£14.99
  • Claret Chevalier Lassalle 75cl
    This is a straight-forward and well balanced wine which offers aromas of green pepper and red and black fruits, firm in the mouth but very pleasant.Enjoy it  with red meat, pizza, and hard cheeses. ..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Cotes du Rhone Chemin Des Papes 75cl
    A delicious blend of  Grenache, Shiraz and  Mourvedre, soft and juicy red berry  fruit flavours are  enhanced by spicy notes.  Finishing dry and long for a wine of this price, it's a perfect match  for your f avourite  BBQ  meats. ..
    £6.99 Ex Tax:£5.82
  • Fat Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl
    FAT BASTARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON All fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness and gently pressed to retain aroma and flavour. The wine was aged in small oak barrels, which added greater weight and complexity. This wine’s intense aromas of blackcurrant and brambly wild fruit lead promisingly to rich flavours of ripe cassis and chocolate with a hint of earthiness. Balanced tannins and acidity..
    £8.99 Ex Tax:£7.49
  • Fat Bastard Chardonnay 75cl
    FAT BASTARD CHARDONNAY From the start, our aim was to produce a Chardonnay with intense fruit flavour and real character utilising quality grapes. All fruit was harvested in the early hours and the juice pressed while the grapes were still cool to help retain aroma and flavour. The wine was tank fermented with an element of quercus fragmentus which added greater weight and complexity. The win..
    £8.99 Ex Tax:£7.49
  • Fat Bastard merlot 75cl
    rape variety: 100% Merlot Vinification: To make the Fat bastard Merlot we source fruit from all over the Languedoc area known for its stony soil, which naturally limits yields giving the Merlot ripe, fruity character and mature tannins. Tasting notes: Rich and dense, the complexity of the flavors plays out progressively, beginning with blackberry and plum and finishing with toasty cedar..
    £8.99 Ex Tax:£7.49
  • Fat Bastard Sauvignon Blanc 75cl 2011
    FAT BASTARD SAUVIGNON BLANC From the start, our aim was to produce a Sauvignon Blanc of real character with intense fruit flavours, utilising our best quality grapes. All fruit was harvested in the early hours and the juice pressed while the grapes were still cool to help retain aroma and flavour. This powerfully balanced white wine shows good fruit texture with layers of tropical fruit. A fr..
    £8.99 Ex Tax:£7.49
  • Fat Bastard Shiraz 75cl
    FAT BASTARD SHIRAZ This Shiraz was made from specially selected grapes from the ultra-ripe harvest. From the start, our aim was to produce a Shiraz with intense fruit flavour and real character utilising quality grapes. All fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness and gently pressed to retain aroma and flavour. The wine was aged in small new oak barrels, which added greater weight and com..
    £8.99 Ex Tax:£7.49
  • Fleurie La Madone La Reine de l'Arenite 75cl
     Fleurie, La Reine de l'Arenite, La Madone - A classic Fleurie, perfumed, aromatic and with a notable floral twist of violets. Silky and elegant throughout the palate with an abundance of blackcurrant and red berry fruits. 'Arenite' is the terroir of pinky, crumbly sandstone of the La Madone vineyards, rated as one of the best vineyards in Fleurie. The East / South East facing vineyard..
    £11.99 Ex Tax:£9.99
  • JP Chenet  Cabernet Syrah 75cl
    JP Chenet Cabernet Syrah comes from carefully chosen vineyards in the Languedoc region of Southern France.  It presents a soft, easy to drink red wine with bright red fruit flavours and spicy notes. The perfect partner for red meats, simply grilled - Superb with a flavoursome cheese. ..
    £5.49 Ex Tax:£4.57
  • JP Chenet Colombard Chardonnay 75cl
    Fresh and funky with pear and lime flavours, this dry white is a party in a box. This delicate-looking, pale amber beauty is just bursting with fruity flavours to tickle your tastebuds. Pair it up with canapes and nibbles. ..
    £5.49 Ex Tax:£4.57
  • JP Chenet Grenache Cinsault  75cl
    Soft, light and fresh fruit with a supple red berry palate and pleasing acidity. Perfect on its own as an aperitif - Superb with grilled or roasted foods at any time of the year. ..
    £5.49 Ex Tax:£4.57
  • JP Chenet Merlot 75cl
    JP Chenet is the most popular French wine in the UK. A smooth and mellow red wine with aromas of red fruit, blackcurrants, cherries and raspberry jam. This red wine is a classic and has lots of jammy and fruity aromas. JP Chenet has only been in the UK since 2000. In just a few years, it has become the most popular French wine brand in the UK thanks to the good quality of its wines. JP Chen..
    £5.99 Ex Tax:£4.99