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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. Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (Burgundy) $15

Classic, everyday White Burgundy (aka Chardonnay), this is light-styled white wine invites apple, pear and citrus to take center stage grounded in an unmistakable earth-driven minerality. 

2. Jean-Baptiste Adam Pinot Blanc Reserve (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 (Burgundy) $10

This is a light-bodied red wine from the Beaujolais region of France, made from the Gamay 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. Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir (Burgundy) $14

This light-styled Red Burgundy (aka Pinot Noir) is an easy introduction to on of the most famous wine regions in the world. Cherry dominates the nose and palate with subtle tannins and good acidity. 

5. Domaine Pellehaut Cuvee Harmonie Blanc (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 (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 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 (Burgundy) $10

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

10. Côtes du Rhône, Chateau de Montfaucon (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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