The classics tend to be classics for a reason. Weather worn history, generations of passion and an unwavering dedication to quality has shaped the classic regions of the wine world. Few countries embody this quite like the French. 'Burgundy', 'Bordeaux', 'Sancerre'; names like these are synonymous with pure class.
For us, the best thing about classic French wines is the new generations who've started to take the reigns of history. Exciting, young, dynamic winemakers bringing their own interpretation to the classics we all know and love.
Explore 'The New French Classics'
1 x Bret Brothers, 'Bret Nat' Pet Nat, 2020Something fun and delicious from the Bret Brothers, which diverges from their usual 'classic' Burgundian expressions. This Pet Nat is light, fresh and energetic, made from a combination of Chardonnay fruit from their Vineyard Soufrandière and other organic local growers. A fantastic sparkling wine with delicate, soft bubbles that's packed with green apple, white pear and a kick of lemon citrus. Like everything the Bret Brothers do, this is still remarkably serious and incredibly well made. Definitely the best Pet Nat we've ever tasted.
1 x 'Ovide' Sancerre, Gerard et Pierre Morin 2018
This is the top wine from Sancerre superstars, Gerard and Pierre Morin. They craft it from a small plot of 50-year-old vines, planted on gravelly limestone which in turn creates an elegant, pure and concentrated expression of Sauvignon blanc. The old vines, combined with extended lees ageing, gives an incredible texture and finesse. 1 x Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune 'Champs Perdrix', Domaine Devevey 2015
Jean-Yves Devevey takes a very hands-off approach to his wines, intervening very little as possible and aiming to let the soils of Burgundy do the talking. This single-vineyard Hautes-Cotes de Beaune is the perfect example of that ethos. Incredibly expressive, with gun smoke reduction on the nose - a hallmark of its chalky soils - the palate is weighty and textured, with notes of apple, pear, toasted brioche and a subtly creamy finish. Everything we love about good white Burgundy, especially with a bit of bottle age!1 x 'Line' Rosé, Domaine des Lauriers 2020
Move over Provence, it's time for the Languedoc's own stunning pale rosé to shine. As soon as the sun peaks through from behind a cloud, this is exactly the wine we reach for first. A delicious, moreish rosé that instantly transports you to the shores of the Mediterranean sea; a stone's throw from where Domaine des Lauriers grow their vines in the south of France. The grapes here are picked at night to preserve their freshness and see only a light pressing to maintain its light body.
1 x Brouilly, Mischief & Mayhem 2017In 2003, after working for Berry Bros & Rudd wine merchants for almost ten years, Michael and Fiona Ragg swapped bustling London for the small Burgundian village of Aloxe Corton where they established Mischief & Mayhem. Winemaker Fiona uses fruit from throughout Burgundy and Beaujolais, employs simple winemaking techniques to showcase the inherent characteristics of these regions. This Brouilly strikes a fantastic balance of sophisticated Beaujolais Cru and vin de soif! The grapes come from 60-year-old vines grown on volcanic soils, yielding phenomenal concentration and delicate savoury character. With notes of raspberries and spicy pepper, this wine is dangerously drinkable.
1 x Bordeaux Supérieur, Chateau Passe Craby 2016
Sometimes you just can't beat a damn good bottle of Claret and for us, Chateau Passe Craby really hits the spot. Wonderfully classic Bordeaux, with moreish notes of fresh blackcurrant and blackberry, blackcurrant leaf and cassis. The Boyé family have owned vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux just 10 km northeast of Pomerol and St Emilion, since the 18th century. Vincent and his son Jérôme continue the family traditions, whilst also working sustainably in the vineyards (they are certified Haute Valeur Environnementale). Sincere and honest winemaking by a family who simply adore their region and always strive to do it justice.
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