10 of Our Favorite Bottles of French Red Wine for $35 or Less

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The Rh么ne Valley in southern France is widely known for producing sought-after red wine that can cost a pretty penny. But, beyond the sea of premium-priced lie some excellent value pours.

Red wines from the C么tes du Rh么ne appellation often fit this bill. Typically made from grapes grown throughout the Rh么ne, these wines are usually made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourv猫dre and Carignan. A mix of other regional grapes can also be blended in.

These are easy-drinking, ready-to-pop-open reds that are perfect at the dinner table鈥攑erhaps alongside chicken cacciatore or even pizza.

With that in mind, check out these 10 value-driven C么tes du Rh么ne red wines.

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Brotte 2019 Esprit Barville Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $15, Wine-Searcher.com. Notes of summer-sweet blueberries and black-cherry preserves abound in this fresh-fruited… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Ch芒teau Gigognan 2019 Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $19, Vivino. In this wine, luscious blackberry and plum flavors are juxtaposed by notes of iron and crushed earth… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Cellier des Dauphins 2019 R茅serve Grenache-Syrah (C么tes du Rh么ne); $15, Vivino. This 60/40 blend of Grenache and Syrah is a consistent crowd pleaser for its juicy, sun-drenched blackberry… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine de l’Espigouette 2019 Vieilles Vignes (C么tes du Rh么ne); $35, Vivino. Rich in concentration yet delightfully piercing in fruit quality, this Grenache-dominant red… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine Santa Duc 2019 Les Quatres Terres Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $20, Wine-Searcher.com. This wine incorporates grapes from the elite Cru appellations of Vacqueyras and Rasteau as well as C么tes-du-Rh么ne Villages sites in Roaix and S茅guret… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine Vallot 2019 Le Corian莽on Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $22, Wine.com. Sourced from high elevations in Vinsobres, this delightfully fresh, red-cherry scented red offers… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Gabriel Meffre 2020 Saint Vincent (C么tes du Rh么ne); $15, Vivino. Vinified entirely in stainless steel, this sun-drenched Grenache-Syrah blend highlights ripe… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Jean-Luc Colombo 2019 Les Abeilles Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $15, Wine-Searcher.com. This luminous, unoaked blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourv猫dre is a consistent bang-for-your-buck… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

M. Chapoutier 2019 Belleruche Red (C么tes du Rh么ne); $17, Vivino. Shards of graphite etch peppery freshness into this fruity blend of mainly Grenache and Syrah… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Tardieu-Laurent 2020 Les Becs Fins (C么tes du Rh么ne); $25, Wine-Searcher.com. Edged by fiery notes of charred anise and fine-grained, penetrating tannins, this powerful… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

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Published on January 19, 2022
Topics: Wine and Ratings