French Wine to Enjoy this Summer

French Wine Staff Favorites

 

Nearly 8 billion bottles of French wine are made every year—using more than 50 varieties of grapes. French wines range from some of the most expensive in the world to very modest, everyday offerings. To help select from the wide array of French wines, we asked for suggestions from sales associates Erik Guzinski and Bambi Ray as well as head wine buyer Lorena Ascencios. Below are some of their favorite French wines.

Fleury, “Fleur de l’Europe” Brut – NV
This Champagne reminds me of Charles Heidsieck, Brut NV—and for good reason! Fleury uses a healthy proportion of older base wines in their blend, just like Champagne Charlie. This wine’s rich, creamy palate and tight, lean acidity are due to several years’ worth of lees aging and then even more in bottle. Don’t think twice on this one—dive right into this spectacularly-priced French wine. -EG

“La Démarrante” Rouge, Maxime Magnon – 2012
Sometimes you need a good reminder to try more of those unfamiliar wines that leave you thinking, “Why haven’t I been drinking this all the while?” This is one of those impressive French wines. It comes from energetic winemaker Maxime Magnon—whose estate is in the south of France. -LA

Lunatique, Dom. Rouge-Bleu – 2012
Any accountant would deem this wine a losing proposition in the books. The miniscule yield amount (14 hl/ha—a good 70% lower than the average) is the impetus behind its apt name, “Lunatic”. The concentration is phenomenal thanks to 108-year-old vines—yet there’s a balance that makes this very accessible for a full-bodied French wine. -LA

Ch. Barbeyrolles Blanc – 2013
An impressive French wine from Gassin—a Provencal village just minutes away from St. Tropez in the heart of the French Riviera. Elegant with floral, yellow plum aromas. Excellent minerality gives this white a solid backbone. Drink this French wine lightly chilled. -LA