French Wines

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: French Wines | WineTransit.com

We assembled a collection of top wines and spirits for gift-giving and entertaining in our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide. Here are some of our favorite French wines from the past year. When buying wine gifts for people who enjoy wine, it's never a bad idea to start in France. These French wines are terrific, with prices that can't be beat.

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Terres de Galets Côtes-du-Rhône

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 31090

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France | Rhone | Cotes du Rhone

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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Domaine Lafage Nicolas

Vieilles Vignes de Grenache
2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 39886

RP88+88–90 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Sep 2021
The dark-fruited 2020 IGP Côtes Catalanes Nicolas is 100% Grenache and made from vines averaging 65 years of age. Black cherries, with hints of strawberries, garrigue and crushed stone, appear on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is concentrated, framed by dusty tannins and bright acids. (Joe Czerwinski)
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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JD95+95–97 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/14/2020
Also pure Southern Rhône goodness, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes has classy notes of red and blue fruits, candied orange, flowers, peppery garrigue, and loads of Asian spices. Beautifully textured, silky, and elegant on the palate, it has wonderful tannins, a notable sense of freshness, and a great, great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Feb 28, 2022
Ripe and expressive, with a lovely display of warmed plum, raspberry and blackberry puree flavors infused with red tea and anise notes. Features a solid mineral note that chimes on the finish, while a roasted apple wood frame keeps it all in line as the fruit takes an encore. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Best from 2023 through 2036. 650 cases made, 200 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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Château Poitevin Médoc

Cru Bourgeois Supérieur
2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 34921

VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2022
The 2019 Poitevin has a perfumed, floral bouquet with more red fruit than I observed from barrel, showing fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very cohesive and harmonious. There’s just a touch of graphite on the finish. Stylish, top-notch Poitevin. (Neal Martin)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2022
The 2019 Poitevin is performing better than it did when I tasted it earlier this year, when I suspect it was still shut down after bottling. Opening in the glass with attractive aromas of orange zest, sweet red berries, petals and spices, it’s medium-bodied, lively and elegant, with lovely purity of fruit and nicely integrated structure. (William Kelley)
JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, February 20, 2022
Ripe blackberries, crushed raspberries, dried thyme and mocha on the nose. Medium body with lightly chewy tannins. Firm and compact with savory tea-leaf character. Drink from 2023.

France | Bordeaux | Medoc

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Primary Grape: Merlot

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Nuiton-Beaunoy Volnay

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 57876

WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2022
This violet-scented Pinot Noir is marked by plump, mouth-drenching black-cherry and plum flavors edged by licks of sweet spice and vanilla. Framed by fine, glossy tannins and a juicy spine of acidity, this immediately welcoming wine is particularly joyous young but will likely hold well through 2027. (Anna Lee C. Iijima)

France | Burgundy | Cote de Beaune | Volnay

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Primary Grape: Pinot Noir

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Lafage Narassa

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 43111

RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Sep 2021
A blend of 82% Grenache and 18% Syrah, the 2019 IGP Cotes Catalanes Narassa spent 15 months in a 50-50 mix of tank and demi-muids (15% new). Black cherries and blueberries mingle easily on the nose, joined by hints of maple syrup and licorice. Full-bodied, velvety and super-ripe, it comes across as almost sweet on the lingering finish. Personally, I’d serve it late in the meal, perhaps alongside a well-aged Parmiggiano or similar cheese.
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Primary Grape: Grenache

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JD9292 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/25/2022
Moving to the reds, the 2020 Vacqueyras Les Hauts De La Ponche is 50% Grenache and 25% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. It actually reminds me of a Pomerol with its red and blue fruits as well as bouquet garni, damp earth, and floral nuances. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, I love its balance, and it has silky tannins and remarkable purity of fruit. Drink bottles over the coming 7–8 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

France | Rhone | Southern Rhone | Vacqueyras

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Primary Grape: Grenache

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WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2020
With a good balance between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend is poised and stylish. Juicy black fruits have structure and some aging potential from tannins in the background. Drink this wine from 2021. (Roger Voss)
SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2021
Cherry and cassis notes take the lead here, with hints of singed cedar and a tug of warm earth on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now. 23,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. (James Molesworth)
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France | Bordeaux

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Primary Grape: Merlot

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Château La Rose du Pin Bordeaux

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 60338

WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2021
Light stalkiness from the black-currant flavors of this young wine promise well for the future. With ripeness and a good balance of acidity and texture, this attractive wine is likely to be ready from 2022. (Roger Voss)

France | Bordeaux

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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