8 Outstanding French Reds for $30 or Less

Explore France with these new reviews of affordable Pinot Noir, Malbec and more from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley and beyond, up to 92 points

8 Outstanding French Reds for $30 or Less
Vintner Georges Vigouroux has helped bring attention to Cahors with wines from his Château de Mercuès estate. (Courtesy of Georges Vigouroux)
Jan 27, 2022

Finding characterful and pleasure-packed French reds with affordable prices can be challenging. For this week's selection, we've rounded up recently tasted overachievers that scored 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale, all priced $30 or less (often much less).

Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

7 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs Under $30

7 New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs Under $30

Explore Marlborough with these new reviews of stunning and affordable white wines up to 94 …

Jun 30, 2022
8 Vivacious Oregon Wines Up to 92 Points

8 Vivacious Oregon Wines Up to 92 Points

Discover Willamette Valley and beyond with these new reviews of lively Pinot Noir, …

Jun 27, 2022
Alphabetical Guide to California Zinfandel

Alphabetical Guide to California Zinfandel

Over 200 red Zinfandels from California were reviewed by senior editor Tim Fish in Wine …

Aug 31, 2022
12 Succulent Summertime Values for $30 or Less

12 Succulent Summertime Values for $30 or Less

Celebrate summer with these new reviews of global wines from Paso Robles, Willamette …

Jun 23, 2022
Talent Show

Talent Show

The next generation of Chardonnay stars make their mark

Jul 31, 2022
8 Southern Rhône Gems Up to 92 Points

8 Southern Rhône Gems Up to 92 Points

New reviews of diverse and impressive Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Tavel and more, …

Jun 16, 2022