Six Stellar French Reds

Take a break from chilled whites and crisp rosés with these six French reds our staff loves for summer.

Half-Bottle of Chinon “Les Picasses,” Olga Raffault $16.96

Cabernet Franc is a wine that can reveal itself spectacularly with age. Few wineries make Cab Franc as age-worthy as Olga Raffault’s. This little guy, sized for an intimate dinner for two, has kept its core of dark, silky fruit but shed its youth to reveal leather, dried herbs, and pure mineral aromas. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Côtes du Rhône “Chat Fou”, Eric Texier $21.96

A softer rendition of Côtes du Rhône that blends 20% white grapes (Clairette and Viogner) to the Grenache and Cinsault base. The wine shows a garnet color and has a velvety mouthfeel. There are hints of herbs and spice while the fruit displays a dry, elegant restraint. A fun quaffer for a meal in the sun. – Chung Park, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Pinot Noir, Les Deux Moulins $14.96

Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley might not be your first thought, but considering how the prices of Burgundy have gone through the roof, maybe it should be. Les Deux Moulins has all the charm and ease of a Bourgogne-level Pinot Noir at about half the price. What’s not to like? – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Divin Poison, Rouge $23.96

Poison, you say? Well, when I drank this dark and juicy elixir made from old vines, I smiled until my face hurt. If that’s how this poison affects people, I’d take a case of it. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Anjou Rouge “La Cerisaie,” Dom. de la Bergerie $21.96

A great Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. You get the crispy, vegetal notes from Cabernet Franc and body and dark fruit flavors from Cabernet Sauvignon. Gentle herbal notes complete this wine. Medium-bodied and fresh, rustic and elegant at the same time. – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Morgon “Vieilles Vignes Corcelette,” Daniel Bouland $34.96

Frankly, I’m very surprised we still have this wine on our shelves. Finding Morgon with a few years of bottle age is not the easy task it used to be. This has ample freshness and depth, it’s great to drink now and will only get better with time. – Sam Davies, Senior Wines & Spirits Consultant