2. South And South West France

Mention French wine, and thoughts of expensive bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are typically conjured. Fans of France, however, know that the old paradigm has been shifting for some time. In the classic, more famous regions, affordable bottlings from exciting producers have become the norm. Burgundy is still on the expensive side, but there are some fantastic wines from Bordeaux and Champagne that will blow your taste buds away without emptying your bank account. However, South and South West France are where it's at right now in terms of value. The range of styles is tremendous. Depending on where your focus is, there are some spectacular wine options: the not-famous-enough Banyuls; the dense, perfumed dry reds crafted from Grenache, Cabernet, Malbec, and more; some unexpectedly expressive whites, especially those from native grape varieties like Petit Manseng and Mauzac; and springtime-perfect rosé. All of these wines call this part of France home and offer some of the best deals around.
G.P. Kidd
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