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Top 10 French Wine Recommendations for Under $15


French wines come in a myriad of colors and styles. Sorting through the wines of France can be a daunting task, but wait there is help! Here are some stellar French wines that are value-priced and eager to please the most discerning palate! No need to learn French to decipher the labels, just grab a pen and jot down a few of the wines that interest you most. You will be ready to taste your way through the French wine country!

1. Tortoise Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2003 (Languedoc) $7

This Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp grapefruit flavored wine with plenty of herby essence to boot. Hailing from southern France, Tortoise Creek offers a very fragrant and ultra-refreshing white wine that will pair well a plate of veggies, seafood, herb-seasoned poultry and Asian fare.

2. Jean-Baptiste Adam Pinot Blanc Reserve 2002 (Alsace) $12

This is a well-balanced white wine with plenty of pear and a zip of melon as the dominant flavor profile. A refreshingly pleasant wine from the heart of the French Wine Country. Perfect for pairing with chicken, light creamy sauces, potato and pasta salads, hummus, couscous, quiche and garlic shrimp.

3. Mommessin Beaujolais 2003 (Burgundy) $10

This is a light-bodied red wine from the Beaujolais region of France, made from the Gammay grape varietal. The Mommessin Beaujolais bursts with juicy strawberries, ripe raspberries and has a low tannin content. This is a terrific picnic wine, that will complement everything from a roast beef sandwich to bbq chicken and cheese. Serve slightly chilled for an added twist.

4. Louis Jadot Chardonnay 2002 (Macon) $10

This light-styled Chardonnay lets the full apple flavor permeate every sip. Well-oriented for virtually all forms of poultry and seafood. A delight with cheese, especially Swiss Gruyere, cheddar or goat cheese.

5. Domaine Pellehaut Cuvee Harmonie Blanc 2004 (Languedoc-Roussillon)$9

This is a rich blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Folle Blanche grapes, resulting in a vibrant flavor profile composed of pear, apple, lemon zest and melon. Enjoy with poultry, fish, creamy white sauces and dishes well-seasoned with fresh herbs.

6. Charles Baur Cremant d 'Alsace (Alsace) $15

A sparkling gem from the heart of Alsace. This is a well-blended wine with fruity aromas and a light, playful feel that belongs in a wedding menu, on a summer picnic or served next to appetizers.

7. Beaujolais Villages, Domaine Manoir du Carra 2003 (Beaujolais) $10

a Beaujolais "Classic" in every sense of the word. Light, entertaining Beaujolais that has fruity flavors of strawberry and cherry. Easy going, easy drinking for red and white wine lovers alike.

8. Chateau Bellevue Claribes 2003 Bordeaux Sainte Foy (Bordeaux) $10

This Bordeaux will not disappoint. A terrific blend of Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon - this wine offers both good value and fine flavor. A great Bordeaux for first-timers and structured enough for those with a more experienced palate.

9. Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Olivier Guyot 2003 (Burgundy) $10

A well worn Burgundy, with super ripe fruit flavors and a medium bodied presence.

10. Côtes du Rhône, Chateau de Montfaucon 2001 (Rhone Valley) $10

A lovely blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes, producing a fairly aggressive wine with plenty of spunk and fruit-forward flavor.
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