Bucket List Wines: France

GDP's bucket list of French wines


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Bucket List Wines: France We’re back, this time picking up were we left off and continuing the countdown of my bucket list wines. It would be easy to say that the sky’s the limit, but I’ve chosen to remain somewhat reasonable in my picks. Financially reasonable, that is. I think I’ll save the really outrageously expensive wines for their own separate bucket list. Today, we’ll take a look at the wines of France.

With so many wines to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down the field to six outstanding and generally affordable wines to represent the broad spectrum that France produces. While these are more expensive wines, they still deliver remarkable value by being the best of their class. These are wines that need to be tasted to be believed, so grab some of your best buds, pool your dough and splurge for a bucket list wine party. You will not regret it!

Here, then, are some of France’s most fabulous and affordable wines. How many have you had?

Photo courtesy of enggul via Flickr/cc

French Bucket List

1.
Château Haut-Brion Red Bordeaux Blend Pessac-Léognan (1990)
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2.
Chambolle-Musigny Premiere Cru les Amoureuses Domaine Joseph Drouhin (2006)
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3.
Thierry Allemand Cornas (2007)
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4.
Vatan Chavignol Clos la Neore (2007)
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5.
Clos Rougeard Saumur Champigny Biodynamic (2007)
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6.
Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune (2002)
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Comments

  • Snooth User: badbobby
    200769 15

    Your right, you should get grief on excluding the great white burgundies, some of the finest expression of chardonnay on the planet. The fact that we've all had it extends to bordeaux and burgundy too, but those didn't get left out. Because France produces so many fine wines, perhaps the list should be extended to 15 or so. CDP? Beaujolais? Vouvray?Champagne?Chablis?

    Jun 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    You are of course correct. There are so many great wines one should try that I had to trim the list. Maybe parts two and three are in order. Thanks for the comment.

    Jun 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Well, you could have left out the reds from the Loire so that people like me could still drink them and gloat at their reasonableness! I do think there's room for a part two: Leaving out the chenins of Vouvray is like leaving a continent off your travel bucket list.

    Jun 14, 2012 at 4:20 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I see a theme forming here. Part II will be sketched out shortly.

    Jun 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM


  • Snooth User: Azeredo
    536111 9

    Expensive, but nice list.
    Everybody forget Côte-Rotie, and they are an unforgettable experience.

    Jun 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thanks! I was gong to include Gentaz, but the wines are now pretty much unobtainable. Ogier might have been my next pick, or Jamet, but that's another wine for a second or third part of this series.

    Jun 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM


  • Snooth User: Skip Utsey
    1096285 15

    Wow. No Champagne? I expected to see Salon on this list.

    Jun 15, 2012 at 7:34 AM


  • Snooth User: duncan 906
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    I can see from this list that you have expensive tastes.I was interested to see a Loire valley red on your list because one does not often come across them.Coincidentally I had a bottle of Saumur-Champigny this weekend which I very much enjoyed but it was a lot cheaper than yours.I have now posted a review for it

    Domaine de la Cune Les 3 Jean Saumur-Champigny

    Jun 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM


  • Snooth User: badbobby
    200769 15

    Duncan 906 - This is a bucket list after all, so price/value really isn't the primary consideration, only quality. There are some great values and really fine red wines in the Loire, as there is in most of the regions in France, and what is listed here is a good representation of what one could sample and die happy knowing they had drunk wines that were fine examples of their style and place. These wines also come with well deserved reputations and a long history of excellence, which is another reason why they are are on the bucket list. Such wines with established pedigrees are necessarily more expensive than those who make good wines in good vintages, but can't maintain that level in ordinary or poor years. Certainly, there are many wines that could qualify, but there has to be a limit, and I think GDP has done a pretty good job getting the ball rolling. France is a place where the list could be as long as your arm, or leg, or pick an appendage...

    Jun 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM


  • Making a Bucket List Napa Valley - Cheers,

    Jun 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM


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