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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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Cour Cheverny "La Porte Dorée," Tessier - 2010

White | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
This taut golden wine will surely surprise. Philippe Tessier is one of the stars of the region, producing artisanally made wines from 60- to 80-year-old vines. He ages the wine in old Burgundy barrels, yielding a rounded, raw natural appeal for all fans of Loire wines.

Item #27847
  • Single Bottle:
    $21.99
  • Case of 12:
    $263.88 $237.49
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Le Cousin Rouge "Le Grolle" Cousin-Leduc - 2012

Red | France, Loire | (750 )mL
Try out the little-known Grolleau grape from the Loire valley, which here has produced a pale wine redolent of wild berries and earth. It's just a bit gamey and sanguine on the palate, with great acidity and soft tannins that make it a perfect match for wild game birds.

Item #14898
  • Single Bottle:
    $23.99
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    $287.88 $259.09
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Paring Avaliable Staff Pick

Gaillac "Initiales," Dom. Rotier - 2009

Red | France, Southwest, Gaillac | (750 )mL
A tasty and fruit-forward blend of southwest native grapes, Duras and Braucol, this wine comes together easily with cherries and delicate, dusty tannins. A wine for any occasion. Try with cold meats, picnic lamb, or roasted poultry. This red wine is especially good with a lively chill.

Item #29688
  • Single Bottle:
    $11.96
  • Case of 12:
    $143.52 $129.17
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Gaillac "Vieilles Vignes," Dom. du Moulin - 2011

Red | France, Southwest, Gaillac | (750 )mL
A blend of Merlot and Braucol is an inky, deep purple in the glass. This is a dark and tannic wine, with bitter chocolate and herb flavors. Ideal for charred meat, grilled peppers, caramelized onions, or a slow-cooked stew.

Item #28616
  • Single Bottle:
    $18.96
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    $227.52 $204.77
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Moutard "Cuvée des 6 Cépages" Brut - 2006

White | France, Champagne, Côte des Bar | (750 )mL
A rich, full-bodied style of Champagne that has been aged to our delight, and is drinking very well at the moment. A blend of six varietals, many of which are hardly heard of these days, like Petit Arbanne and Petit Meslier. More importantly, there has been some bottle age to this wine and that makes for a fine companion to meals not just canapés.

Item #29169
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    $54.99
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    $659.88 $626.89
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VdP Val de Cesse "Les Trois P'tits C", Le Loup Blanc - 2008

Red | France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Minervois | (750 )mL
From the Minervois of southern France. Since the atypical grape variety of Tempranillo is in the blend, they can technically not call it a Minervois. Instead, they've chosen "Trois Petits C", or, the 3 little pigs.

Item #19616
  • Single Bottle:
    $14.99
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    $179.88 $161.89
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Staff Pick

Champ Levat, Jean Yves Péron - 2011

Red | France, Savoie | (750 )mL
This dark and chewy Mondeuse comes from a mere two hectares of vineyards. Floral and sauvage herbs present on the nose. Fruit-forward, with tight, chewy tannins, this is a firm selection for grilled meats, pork, and oily fish, like salmon.

Item #29808
  • Single Bottle:
    $29.99
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    $359.88 $323.89
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Arbois Blanc, Melon à Rouge Queue, Dom. de St. Pierre - 2011

White | France, Jura, Arbois | (750 )mL
Dom. de St. Pierre's first vintage of Melon à Rouge Queue. This grape is essentially Chardonnay from the Arbois region of eastern France. Full of character, and a spritz, too.

Item #30602
  • Single Bottle:
    $30.99
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    $371.88 $334.69
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Grolleau "Le Gué de Mûriers," Dom. Mirebeau - 2012

Red | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
There is a depth of personality on this tasty Grolleau. Tart currants, foresty undergrowth and mineraled structure dominate. Great for stews of game or pork, lamb or chicken.

Item #28529
  • Single Bottle:
    $17.96
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    $215.52 $193.97
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Arbois Pupillin, Melon "Le Rouge Queue", Bornard - 2008

White | France, Jura, Arbois | (750 )mL
The Melon grape variety is essentially Arboisian Chardonnay - a grape that's been cultivated here for centuries. This is a pure, dry white wine that's incredibly floral (think pollen) with fruit and minerals. The finish has mild citrus notes and roasted chestnuts.

Item #20161
  • Single Bottle:
    $39.99
  • Case of 12:
    $479.88 $431.89
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