WHAT A WINE GEEK DRINKS ON A BUDGET: French Wine Edition 2018

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Maggie Walters

Hello there! Wine Consultant Maggie here with another edition of the ever-popular and continuing budget blog series! In this series I write about wines that I am excited about that DON’T break the bank. Price tags can sometimes be a reflection of quality, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you have a wine expert, such as myself, to show you the ropes, there are some true hidden gems to be found! As always, my findings are under $15.


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Milou
Chardonnay 2017
$11.99

HIDDEN GEM ALERT! This is a wine to wow! How winemakers can make wine this tasty and still make money is beyond me, but I am so glad for it! Chablis lovers, rejoice! This Chardonnay is made on the same soil composition as Chablis: Marl with clay and limestone. This wine can be found in the south of France instead of Burgundy, dropping the recognition AND the price point. Notes of pineapple, tangy lemon and wet river rock are almost electric on the tongue from stainless steel winemaking. This is a go-to with seafood dishes in my house--try it with shrimp scampi for a refreshing pairing!


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Gerard Bertrand
Pinot Noir 2016
Everyday $15.99; Sale $12.98

Oh Pinot Noir: a wine that’s sooooo tasty when done well, but so, so bad when done haphazardly. Luckily, this Pinot does not break the bank but is executed well! Like the wine previously listed, it's grown in the south of France in a region called Languedoc-Roussillon. Grown on rolling hills with sea breezes this Pinot retains lively acidity and freshness. This is not a fruit bomb! Notes of tart cherry, raspberry, and baking spices light up the palate and don’t carry any lingering weight. Delicious with fatty poultry dishes, showcasing acidity to balance out the richness.  


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E. Guigal
Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015
Everyday $18.49; Sale $14.99

Cotes du Rhone Rouge is where it’s at! It’s heavy enough to hold up to proteins like beef and pork, but not grippy or tannic enough to only be drunk with food. Made from 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Mourvèdre, this is a wine that tastes like it’s worth 2 or 3 times its price tag. This everyday, gaugeable red is full of smooth tannins with notes of luscious dark fruit and spices. It's aromatic and is a sure crowd pleaser at the dinner table with the ability to pair with a variety of foods! 


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La Chapelle du Seuil en Provence
Rosé 2017
Everyday $17.99; Sale $13.98

Rosé! La Chapelle du Seuil Rosé is planted in vineyards of highest elevation in Provence. Vines averaging 30 years of age growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Rosse, and Sauvignon Blanc produce a wine of complexity typically not found at this price point. 

This Rosé is a gorgeous pale pink color that’s crisp and clean on the palate! With a lovely mineral freshness and delicate aromas of citrus, red fruits and white flowers, this is a wine perfect for lingering warm evenings and cheese plates. 


All sizes and vintages are in stock at the time of publication. In the event advertised vintages sell out, substitute vintages may be offered at the same price. Products and prices are subject to change.

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