French Wines Under $20

If you’re not sure where to start when exploring our collection of over 1,000 French wines, use this list as a guide. Our staff’s favorites under $20 are guaranteed to please your palate and your wallet.

Cuvée Laurent, Brut Rosé “Prestige” $8.96

Here is a sparkling rosé to order by the case. Made from 100% Grenache in the region of France best known for rosé: Provence. Cuvée Laurent Brut Rosé “Prestige” is made in the Charmant/tank method, which is less expensive than the traditional Champagne method. Less processing means more straightforward grape flavor. Nothing here will muddle your enjoyment or weigh down your palate. Crisp, clean, and light; all the boxes are checked, and this is ready to go. This is a wine that makes party planning easy! – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Mont Gravet, Côtes de Gascogne $9.96

The tariffs have taken away a lot of the value to be found in French wine. When I say value, I mean a wine under $10 a bottle that outperforms your expectations. Here is a very nice example of Côtes de Gascgogne Blanc, made from the wonderfully aromatic Colombard grape. Bright, fresh, and floral, this is a very pleasant wine that is more balanced than the acidic citrus fruit bombs that are typically found in Southwest France. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Dom. de la Bastide Rosé “Figue,” Côtes du Rhône $12.96

The days are getting longer, we’re springing forward, and the first of the season’s rosés are starting to hit the shelves at Astor. It’s official. #SummerIsComing. The Domaine de la Bastide “Figue” Rosé seems to be a winner and crowd favorite year after year. It’s a beautiful pale salmon pink hue, similar to what you’d find in Provence, but with a rich depth of flavor, brimming with ripe strawberries, peaches and watermelon. Very dry with vibrant acidity, this is a great rosé for ringing in the new season. – Tekla Israelson, Sales Manager

L’Effet Papillon Blanc, Dom. Le Roc des Anges $13.96

This wine is as beautifully magical as the butterfly gracing its label. A blend of Grenache Blanc and Macabeo from the warm and sunny Roussillon, its aromatics flutter across the palate with joyous wonder. Especially at this price! – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Pinot Blanc “Rayon de Lune”, Charles Frey $14.96

Alsace is well-loved for its many white wines, and when you’re looking for dry style Pinot Blanc never disappoints. This wine from Charles Frey, a biodynamic estate, is bright, zippy, and full of ripe citrus on the nose, with softer orchard fruits and alpine flowers coming in on the finish. Try opening it with a creamy garden risotto–it pairs beautifully with all manner of fresh vegetables and harder cheeses like parmesan. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Chasseur des Brousses, Mas des Brousses $15.96

This wine, in my opinion, is the perfect everyday wine. First, it is affordable. Second, it’s full of flavors but not too complex. You can drink it with food or simply sip it. It’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Merlot. It’s medium-bodied with a lot of red fruit notes, followed by spice and minerality. – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Beaujolais-Villages “La Roche”, Michel Tête $17.96

Domaine du Clos du Fief Beaujolais-Villages is a wine with a comforting nature. Ripe, fresh strawberries, raspberry cordial, tropical fruits, fresh violets, and roses balance notes of freshly-turned potting soil and wet rock. Vivid freshness and firm, approachable tannins leave this wine ready to be drunk young or, incredibly for a Villages level, prepared to lay down for a few years. – Matthew Goodyear, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Mas de Gourgonnier, Baux de Provence $17.99

Fresh wine from Provence. It’s a blend from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. An enjoyable and smooth wine. Red berry flavors followed by spicy notes and fine tannins create together a pleasurable drinking experience.To be paired with fresh, not over aged cheeses or to be drunk by itself! – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Aligoté, Goisot $19.99

As Burgundy’s other white grape, Aligoté has long been overshadowed by Chardonnay’s megawatt star power. In recent years, winemakers have been giving the grape more attention and care, letting its finer nature shine through. Goisot is just one example. This is a racy, energetic wine with aromas of lemon custard and peppermint. It’s deliciously refreshing, the kind of wine to sip on a hot summer day. – Amy Miller, Wines & Spirits Consultant

FRV100 “Terres Dorées”, Jean-Paul Brun $19.99

A sparkling rosé of Gamay made in an off-dry style? Before you scoff at this description and say you don’t like sweet wines, I highly recommend a taste test. Jean-Paul Brun, a wine making renegade and master of vinifying still Gamay in Beaujolais, makes this delicious, fruity beverage in the méthode ancestrale, where fermentation finishes in the bottle, creating the bubbles. The style recalls the wines of Cerdon du Bugey. If you can’t find Cacio di Langa (a young, soft blend of cow/goat/sheep’s milk with candied strawberries) shoot for a milder chèvre and serve it with a fresh fruit jam. The tang of the cheese and the combo of fruit flavors are a natural match with this wine. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

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