Weekend Warrior Wine Deals: French Reds On A Budget

I’m sure you’ve heard of the common belief that a glass of red wine a day gives you plenty of health benefits including reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, the French hold onto this belief so firmly that they have even capsuled red wine, the French Parad’ox, which was available at pharmacies throughout the globe during the 90's. Taking this phenomenon even one step further, patients of the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in centre of France will be the first to be serviced by an in-house wine bar opening in September this year at the palliative care centre .

You don't have to head Europe to enjoy a good glass of French red wine these days, although the high import costs to Australia can often have a negative impact on your experience of enjoying a premium quality bottle from this part of the world. If you do not know where to go and what possible saving methods to look at, you’ll end up paying far more for a bottle than our fellow wine lovers overseas.

This is where the first edition of my "Weekend Warrior Wine Deals" posts takes us, listing out some excellent choices of imported reds by Australian retailers at bargain prices.   

French wineAs I have mentioned in some of my deal posts here on Buckscoop, Cellarmasters is one of the online liquor stores to check for low prices on imported premium wines. These quality boutique style reds and whites can bring an exciting variation to your wine cabinet which can also be drunk at any occasion (or no occasion).  Unfortunately the deal on the Chateau Bois Pertuis Bordeaux has expired, but chin up!  You can get similar gold medalist French blends for about the same price at Cellarmasters, such as the 2011 Chateau Laribiere Bordeaux and the Chateau Pasquet Bordeaux Aop 2012. Don't forget that you can have these cases delivered for free if you order by midnight the 4th of August using the active Cellarmasters voucher.


Cellarmasters might have great prices, but Dan Murphy's has the biggest selection of French wines, listing over 700 imported reds from the most famous regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône. One of the best buys in my opinion is the case of six of the 2011 Chateau Bellevue Bordeaux for $56.35, which Dan Murphy delivers for free when you use their free shipping voucher. Chateau Bellevue is a family owned winery in Bordeaux producing wine priced at an average of $20 a bottle. Their 2011 vintage red blend offers a rich, fruity flavour on the palate and is available for just $9.40 a bottle at Dan Murphy's.


On the other end of the scale when it comes to variation of imported reds, there's WineMarket with only three Bordeaux from France. However, no matter which one you choose, you're guaranteed to get the best price currently available on the market on any of these cases of twelve, even beating Cellarmasters' generally low prices on imported reds.

The multiple award winning Bordeaux Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend bottled in 2012 by the Lamothe Vincent château is an excellent premium French wine priced at $16.50 a bottle. The total on the case of twelve works out at $206 including the $8 flat rate delivery fee. This premium red is going for over $300 at other stores online such as Oakbarrel and East End Cellars, although Cellarmasters is offering the next best price on the case at $229.08 delivered.

If you're new to WineMarket you can also get $10 off this purchase by choosing this Bordeaux as your first order. Just apply the voucher code at checkout while being logged in to your newly created account.  Also keep an eye out on WineMarket's 24 hour flash vouchers, these come around quite often giving you $20 to $50 off which often adds an extra bargain factor to this (or any) deal.

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