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Vive le vin! While there’s no shortage of codified regions and names in this iconic country, there are endless incredible wines that shy away from the limelight.
From newer AOC’s to indigenous varietals that miss the headlines—check our staff’s picks for fabulous French wines that are worth going off the beaten path to procure.
It’s hard not to be jealous of this wine, which seems to have it all! It’s rich, owing to time on the lees; it’s bright, with sophisticated notes of lemon verbena and white peach. And zesty, with an edge of minerality. – Keyana Shaw, Wine & Spirits Consultant
This beautiful Vouvray has notes of honey, peaches, and white pepper with racy acidity and a touch of residual sugar. Grown on limestone soils from the oldest of Pinon’s vines, this wine is fermented in old wooden vats with native yeasts. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant
If you aren’t yet familiar with Saint-Aubin, you are missing out on one of Burgundy’s best values. Just a stone’s throw from Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet, the finest examples of the region (like this one) have a lush mouthfeel with a balancing streak of acidity from the limestone-rich soil. Look for notes of apple, quince, spice, and a touch of smoke. – Doug Yacka, Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
Cazin Cheverny $17.96
Established in 1991, Cheverny is a small and new-ish appellation in the Loire. If you aren’t familiar with the region, enter the wonderful wines of Francois Cazin. This blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Malbec is a lightly structured and fresh red from the area that will entice you into wanting more. – Bambi Ray, Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
Aubry, Brut $41.96
The Aubry brothers make stunning Champagne. Blending little-known native grapes, Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Fromenteau, along with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay, they have crafted a vibrant Champagne full of white floral aromas with honey and biscuit flavors on the palate. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer
Looking for an amazing value on delicious Bordeaux? Look no further than this wine from Peybonhomme, a family-run winery in the Côtes-de-Blaye. Smooth, dark fruit flavors and supple tannins make this a great match for steak, burgers, and BBQ. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer
Treat yourself to some stunning Chablis from Patrick Piuze. He focuses on terroir and makes several different wines from specific vineyards. The Vaulorent is a joy to drink today and would age gracefully given 10+ years in the cellar. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer