Tour de France 6-Pack
Whoever said you can’t find good, inexpensive French wine was wrong! There are mind-blowing values all over the country, even in coveted regions like Bordeaux. In addition to two stunning selections from that most prestigious of wine regions, you’ll also get to taste a Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc that’s half the price of a neighboring Sancerre; a delicate rose from the Loire Valley; a juicy Pinot Noir from Languedoc; and a crowd-pleasing Cotes-du-Rhone – all for under $13 a bottle!
- Domaine du Haut Perron Sauvignon Blanc – Sancerre is considered to be the benchmark for great Sauvignon Blanc, but constant increases in demand and price have made it difficult to find a good one for under $30. However, it’s still possible to find incredible values from the greater Loire Valley, like this stunner from Touraine. Haut Perron is vivacious and fresh, with flavors of white flowers, lemon, lime, and gooseberry underpinned by subtle minerality.
- Chateau le Prieur Bordeaux Blanc – White Bordeaux may not have the fame of red Bordeaux or the pizazz of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but if you enjoy elegant whites this is the wine for you. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and a little Muscadelle for spice, this medium-bodied bottle offers flavors of honeysuckle, lemon, dried apricot, and pear.
- Atlantique Rose – A unique 100% Cabernet Franc Rose from the Loire Valley. Fragrant aromas of strawberry and cherry are underpinned by notes of peppery spice. Crisp and fresh, with a well-balanced finish.
- Fontaniels Pinot Noir – Some of the world’s most expensive Pinot Noirs come from Burgundy, but thankfully you can still find affordable yet delicious options in the up-and-coming Languedoc-Roussillon region to the south. Fontaniels is expressive and elegant, bursting with flavors of ripe cherry, cranberry, and subtle earth, complemented by delicate pepper and floral notes and balanced acidity.
- Bastide de Beauvert Cotes-du-Rhone – Finding a good Cotes-du-Rhone under $15 is getting harder, but that’s where Bastide de Beauvert comes in. This Grenache-based blend is packed with lively flavors of raspberry, black cherry, and spice. The addition of 30% Syrah adds powerful, savory nuances.
- Chateau Haut-Maco ‘Les Bascauts’ Cotes-de-Bourg – Unless you’re looking for a bottle of Petrus or Cheval Blanc, the Right Bank of Bordeaux is a lot more famous for its affordability than the Left Bank. This Bordeaux comes from the Cotes-de-Bourg appellation, an area known for high quality and low prices. It offers red cherry, currant, and raspberry flavors, with well-integrated tannins and a dusty finish.