France

French Whites

France makes more great wine and in greater variety than any other country in the World. It also defines, classifies and and controls them in more detail and has a longer history of doing so than anywhere else. This is as true of white wine as red. The white wines in particular of Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire and the Rhone are outstanding.

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    Bordeaux

    R de Rieussec 2015

    R de Rieussec 2015

    13%
    Dry White Wine

    Bottle 75 cl £19.95

    Burgundy

    Domaine du Bicheron, Mâcon-Péronne 2016

    Domaine du Bicheron, Mâcon-Péronne 2016

    Bourgogne / FR
    14%
    I had a bottle of the 2016 Domaine du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes only last night with a plate of Mrs Ray’s pitch-perfect chicken risotto and — goodness me! — it hit the spot. FVD’s Esme Johnstone tells me that it’s their best-selling burgundy by miles and I’m not in the least surprised. Produced from old vine Chardonnay by Denis and Geneviève Rousset, whose family have been making wine in the village of Péronne, also near Mâcon, for almost 130 years, it sees not one splinter of oak and is as crisp, clean and pure as they come. It’s rounded and textured with an underlying citrus freshness and a fine mineral core. It’s a class act for sure and — I don’t care what you say, such things matter, especially when it comes to showing off to the neighbours at Christmas — the bottle looks dead pukka too. £12.45 down from £12.95.

    Bottle 75 cl £12.95 £12.45

    Domaine Cordier, Pouilly-Fuissé 2016

    Domaine Cordier, Pouilly-Fuissé 2016

    Bourgogne / FR
    13.5%
    White Burgundy

    Bottle 75 cl £21.95

    Montagny 1er Cru, Les Loges, Vieilles Vignes 2016

    Montagny 1er Cru, Les Loges, Vieilles Vignes 2016

    Bourgogne / FR
    13%
    White Burgundy

    Bottle 75 cl £14.95
    Case 12 bottles £179.40

    Mâcon-Uchizy, Vins des Chaponnières 2017

    Mâcon-Uchizy, Vins des Chaponnières 2017

    Bourgogne / FR
    13%
    White Burgundy

    Bottle 75 cl £12.95
    Case 12 bottles £155.40

    Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Meursault Les Corbins 2015

    Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Meursault Les Corbins 2015

    Burgundy / FR
    13%
    White Burgundy

    Case 6 bottles £275.70

    Mâcon-Fuissé, Maison deux Fleurs 2017

    Mâcon-Fuissé, Maison deux Fleurs 2017

    White Burgundy

    Bottle 75 cl £13.95
    Case 12 bottles £167.40

    Languedoc-Roussillon

    Pont de Gassac Blanc 2016

    Pont de Gassac Blanc 2016

    Languedoc / FR
    12%
    White Languedoc.

    Bottle 75 cl £13.95
    Case 12 bottles £167.40

    Loire

    Domaine de l’Ermitage, Menetou-Salon Blanc 2017

    Domaine de l’Ermitage, Menetou-Salon Blanc 2017

    Loire / FR
    13%
    If Sauvignon Blanc rather than Chardonnay is your thing, I’d respectfully suggest that you look no further than the 2017 Domaine de l’Ermitage, Menetou-Salon. Menetou-Salon, just north of Bourges in the Loire Valley, is where canny folk who quail at the prices now asked for top quality Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé now head for their vino, and quite right too. I reckon this is as good as anything you would find elsewhere in the Loire. The de la Farge family have been making wine here at the Domaine de l’Ermitage estate for 500 years, so one imagines they know what they’re up to. Only the finest hand-harvested Sauvignon Blanc is used and the result is an impressively sophisticated glass of wine. It’s clean and fresh, with the expected notes of nettles and grass, but there’s ripe stone fruit too and even something bordering on the tropical. The 2015 vintage won gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards and I reckon this is every bit as good. £ 14.95 down from £15.95.

    Bottle 75 cl £15.95 £14.95

    Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Aveillons' Domaine de la Loge 2016

    Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Aveillons' Domaine de la Loge 2016

    Loire / FR
    12.5%
    White Loire

    Bottle 75 cl £14.95

    Vouvray Le Marigny Sec, Bernard Fouquet 2016

    Vouvray Le Marigny Sec, Bernard Fouquet 2016

    Loire / FR
    13%
    White Loire

    Bottle 75 cl £14.95

    Filderfere Muscadet, Château de Cléray 2017

    Filderfere Muscadet, Château de Cléray 2017

    Loire / FR
    11%
    White Loire

    Bottle 75 cl £9.95

    Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château de Cléray 2017

    Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château de Cléray 2017

    Loire / FR
    11.5%
    White Loire

    Bottle 75 cl £11.95
    Bottle 75 cl £11.95 £10.95 (2+ cases)

    L'Enfant Rebelle Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    L'Enfant Rebelle Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    13%
    Loire White

    Bottle 75 cl £11.95
    Case 12 bottles £143.40

    Rhône

    Secret de Famille, Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Côtes-du-Rhône 2015

    Secret de Famille, Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné, Côtes-du-Rhône 2015

    Rhône / FR
    13%
    White Rhône

    Bottle 75 cl £12.95
    Case 12 bottles £155.40

    Château Virgile Blanc, Costières de Nîmes 2017

    Château Virgile Blanc, Costières de Nîmes 2017

    Rhône / FR
    13.5%
    White Rhône

    Bottle 75 cl £8.95
    Case 12 bottles £107.40

    Rive Droite, Rive Gauche Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

    Rive Droite, Rive Gauche Blanc, Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

    Rhône / FR
    13.5%
    White Rhône

    Bottle 75 cl £10.95
    Case 12 bottles £131.40

    Sweet – Bordeaux

    Sauternes 2016

    Sauternes 2016

    Bordeaux / FR
    13%
    Declassifed Bordeaux

    Bottle 37.5cl Half Bottle cl £15.95
    Bottle 37.5cl Half Bottle cl £15.95 £14.95 (2+ cases)
    Bottle 37.5cl Half Bottle cl £15.95 £13.95 (3+ cases)
    Case 12 bottles £191.40