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French Favourites

French Favourites

With our 20% off French wine sale running until Tuesday the 20th, there can be no better time to pick up a few bottles.

With such a wide variety of wine styles to choose from and with sale prices starting from €8.79 there's something here to suit everyone.

As an aperitif I think Muscadet is one of the best, crisp, dry and relatively high in acid it is just the thing to set those tastebuds tingling.

The Domaine de la Chauviniere ( Sale Price € 9.59 )is a fantastic example, aged on its lees for three months there is a roundness added to the green apple and lemon fruit which make this a great matchwith Shellfishor Sushi.

If Sauvignon is your thing, then we have great choices running from the bone dry in Sancerrre right up to fuller flavoured examples that would put you in mind of Marlborough, New Zealand.

The Sophie Bertin ( Sale Price €14.99 )has terrific minerality and is a fantastic of how good Sancerre should taste, try it with a zingy goat's cheese salad for a taste sensation.

If you are looking for something fruitier, the Haut Poitou ( Sale Price € 9.99 ) has fantastic aromatics and is herby, fruity and very, very Sauvignon Blanc! This is exactly the 'New Zealand' style that Ireland loves.

This wine would work well with meatier fish dishes or even a Thai Green curry.

Possibly the most versatile white wine in Ireland is the Chanson Macon Villages ( Sale Price € 11.99 ), not too fruity, not too dry, just perfectly poised between crunchy green apple fruit and soft warm honey flavours. This is a great all-round wine that drinks well on its own but can match a wide variety of food from fresh shellfish to roast poultry.

Staying with versatility as a theme, Cotes du Rhone redstend to have restrained tanninsand a ripe fruit profile that allows them to match easily with a wide range of dishes.

The Ferraton range are among the regions finest and their "Plan de Dieu" Côtes du Rhône-Villages ( Sale Price € 11.99) excels, you get a solid, bullet-proof red at an affordable price, a wine that has complexity of flavour and delivers every time. With its "so ripe it's almost sweet" dark fruit and satin smooth mouthfeel, this is a brilliant wine.

Moving into Bordeaux and the Château Pey de la Tour ( Sale Price € 14.39 )is a perennial star in many a wine critics "Best of" lists. It consistently and in every vintage manages to ably show of the charms of succulent, plummy, wild berry fruit and the classic cedar aromas of good barrel ageing.

Pair this up with some grilled lamb chops and you are in for a real treat.

To finish my selection I have chosen an intense red from the south of France, The L'Ostal Cazes Estibals has superb density of dark blueberry and blackberry fruit, new French oak and complex sweet spices.

This is a wine that is crying out for a juicy rib-eye steak.

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