An exploration of fantastic French wines

Matthew Jukes picks six French wines from some of the most famous regions, styles and wineries in the world, from as little as £9 a bottle.




I have split the wines down the middle this month when I might have erred on the side of reds because of the time of year, but I was spoilt for choice when researching this offer and I couldn't leave any of the whites out! Tanners wine guru Robert Boutflower has ensured that the prices are keen, too, and I'm looking forward to hosting my 100 Best Australian Roadshow at their premises later this month.

All of the wines I've chosen for October are French, and they cover some of the most famous regions, styles and wineries in the world from as little as nine pounds a bottle. You know what to do get in quick and load up with these superb and delicious wines.

This collection is available to buy online via Tanners' website, or give them a call on 01743 234455 and quote "MoneyWeek" to benefit from exclusive MoneyWeek savings and FREE UK delivery..

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Prices and savings below are exclusive to MoneyWeek readers and are based on ordering a case of six bottles. You can also buy a mixed case of twelve, giving you two bottles of each wine, for just £146.50, saving you over £16. You'll enjoy FREE UK delivery on all orders. Offer ends 1 November 2018.


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2017 Muscadet Svre-et-Maine, Sur Lie, Les Gautronnires, Bonnet-Huteau, Loire, France

£10.50 per bottle / £63 per case of six (was £70.20)

Top flight Muscadet is one of the greatest value wine styles on earth. This wine comes from the region's finest area, it is organically grown and gathers its extra level of flavour from six months' maturation on its lees. Most importantly, it is ravishingly dry and loaded with sea spray and citrus notes. As we move towards the colder months we can leave floral and breezy white wines behind, but still need epic dry white bottles in our fridge door. Sternly impressive and with a thread of nervy acidity on board, this is the definitive dry white for you this month.

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2017 Ctes-du-Rhne Blanc, Reserve, Famille Perrin, France

£11.75 per bottle / £70.50 per case of six (was £77.70)

By contrast to the Muscadet, this lush, juicy, wild honey and stone fruit smooched white is athrilling temptress. With a full-bodied framework, offset by a silky texture and long, pliable finish, this gorgeous wine is commanding enough to tackle a roast chicken and robust enough to romance pork and veal chops! Made by the famous Perrin family owners of the most renowned Chteauneuf-du-Pape of all, Beaucastel this wine is made to exacting standards and I cannot believe the value for money offered by this sumptuous CdR.

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2017 Chteau Rives-Blanques, Odysse Chardonnay, Limoux, France

£13 per bottle / £78 per case of six (was £87)

At the very pinnacle of the Limoux Chardonnay ladder, this is a spectacular wine and I challengeyou to find a white Burgundy that does what Odysse does for the same cash. From the amazing nose, to the gossamer-smooth palate; generously cosseted by oak and wild flower tones, with a long,impressive finish, this is a stunner.Limoux is ideally situated in the South of France to take advantage of its high altitude vineyards and these conditions make the Chardonnays made here truly unique.

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2016 Font du Vent, La Jeanette, Famille Gonnet, Ventoux, Rhne, France

£8.90 per bottle / £53.40 per case of six (was £59.40)

Chunky, bold, dark and swarthy, this is a lovely little red, made from Grenache and Syrah, and it packsa hearty punch while not troubling the credit card too much. Ventoux is an ancient wine region, possibly most famous these days for its vertiginous slopes which the Tour de France riders battle up and down, where styles of wine have not budged for aeons. Always rewarding but often a little rustic, La Jeanette is a polished style of Ventoux which will be drunk exclusively in large glasses such is its appeal! This will be house red' for many this season.

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2015 Tanners Red Burgundy, Maison Roche de Bellene, France

£14.60 per bottle / £87.60 per case of six (was £97.80)

You would expect that a wine wearing the Tanners name would be pretty good in the first place. Of course, Burgundy is a big ask, particularly when you are endeavouring to keep the price affordable. Well, guess what? This wine from the epic 2015 vintage stacks up perfectly, with a pinpoint accurate Pinot nose and a silky, lithe palate. What I like every bit as much as the front palate is the firm acidity and fine tannins on the finish. This is not a wine which is going to fall over soon. Roche de Bellene is an excellent set up and they have taken guidance from Tanners and created a mightily impressive wine.

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2016 Crozes-Hermitage, Les Entrecoeurs, Domaine Mucyn, Northern Rhne, France

£14.50 per bottle / £87 per case of six (was £95.70)

Youthful and bursting with fruit, this peppery Syrah is a joy with a precocious palate and a magical scent. It is not uncommon for young Crozes to have immediate appeal even though this appellation and grape makes long-lived, powerful wines. Les Entrecoeurs is on the juicy, generous, huggable side of the fence and this makes it the ideal partner for all autumnal and wintry carnivorous fare. Leave your backward Rhnes to slumber and push this wine to the front of the queue.

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Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website,

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.