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France’s Unsung Heroes: The Lesser-Known Varieties

We love Bordeaux and Burgundy, but sometimes the forgotten grapes of France need a little love, too. From Caladoc to Braucol to Grolleau, we are offering up some of our rarest varieties from some overlooked—and undervalued—regions. This is a wild, untamed, and fresh look at France, and one we’re excited to share with you. Take home some of these special wines for a new approach to an old favorite.

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Cellier du Boulez, Rouge - 2012

Red | France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Coteaux de Peyriac | (750 )mL
A wine to drink if you're in the mood for a rich, tannic red with plenty of black fruit aromas. A tasty match alongside grilled meats. Unoaked and made from a blend based mostly on Malbec and Alicante.

Item #28784
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    $14.96 $9.96
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    $179.52 $107.57
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Vin de Savoie "Abymes," Dom. Labbé - 2013

White | France, Savoie | (750 )mL
A clean, dry white made from the Jacquère grape variety. With tangy, chalky minerals and floral fruit flavors, it is a natural match for shellfish.

Item #13499
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    $143.88 $129.49
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Merlot-Caladoc, Dom. du Grapillon d'Or - 2011

Red | France, Rhône | (750 )mL
This rare Caladoc grape is a crossing of Grenache and Malbec and makes soft, fragrant wines. The wine expresses ripe plum and black spice flavors, with silky texture on the palate. Good with most pork dishes, or rich, mature cheeses.

Item #29473
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    $107.88 $97.09
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Dom. des Cassagnoles Blanc, Côte de Gascogne - 2013

White | France, Southwest | (750 )mL
If you like Sauvignon Blanc then this wine will certainly appeal to you. It’s aromatic, herbal and luscious with white pineapple and grassy notes. A perfect pair with a light salad.

Item #49000
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    $143.52 $129.17
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Marcillac “Lo Sang del Pais”, Domaine du Cros - 2012

Red | France, Southwest, Marcillac | (750 )mL
Mansois, which is the local name for Fer Servadou is the only grape variety used in the A.O.C. of Marcillac. Its rustic wines show characteristic aromas of blackberries, raspberries, cassis and pepper with an iron minerality attributed to the local terroir.

Item #22879
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    $167.88 $151.09
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Clairette de Die "Cuvée Impériale," Jaillance - NV

White | France, Rhône, Côtes du Rhône | (750 )mL
This off-dry sparkling white wine has terrific quince and wild honey aromas. For those seeking a sparkler with a hint of sweetness, this is great for toasts or with dessert. From southern France and based on Muscat with a little added Clairette.

Item #12532
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    $203.52 $193.34
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Dom. de l'Enclos, Sweet Gros Manseng - 2012

White | France, Southwest, Jurançon | (750 )mL
An off-dry wine that teases and tantalizes with pear confit and a soft texture. A balanced streak of citrus acidity keeps it all together. A perfect foil for spicy, hot foods with weight. Try with hot Asian curries, Thai soup with coconut milk and chicken, or fish spiced with a tamarind sauce.

Item #26712
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    $12.96 $8.96
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    $155.52 $96.77
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Bugey "Mataret," Thierry Tissot - 2010

Red | France, Bugey | (750 )mL
Violets growing among white riverbed stones are the primary aromas which are compounded with a fine blood orange, citrus peel acidity. The slight tannins signal a frank compatibility for simple steamed potatoes coated in funky raclette.

Item #25981
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    $215.88 $194.29
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Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes, Tissot - 2012

Red | France, Jura, Arbois | (750 )mL
Pale cherry color in glass with a whiff of turbity tell you this is wild Jura. A note of musk dissapates into classic, crisp cherry and pink peppercorns on the palate.Thoroughly enjoyable to experience, share with like-minded Jura fans.

Item #27121
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    $27.96 $24.96
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    $335.52 $269.57
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Chasselas, "Vieilles Vignes", Schoffit - 2012

White | France, Alsace | (750 )mL
Chasselas is certainly not a principal grape in Alsace, but in the hands of top winemaker Schoffit, comes an intriguing floral-peachy-minerally white with lemon blossom aromas and a rich, dense texture. It complements chicken, scallops or cream sauced pastas.

Item #25524
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    $239.88 $215.89
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