HPS in France
Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne are France’s “Holy Trinity” of great wine regions. Hand Picked Selections sells wines from all three but they are only a fraction of our sales. Their lofty and ancient reputations can work against the consumer. The greatest producers – the Leroys, Lafites, Krugs, make the world’s greatest wines. They sell at breathtaking prices. Lesser producers “piggy-back” on their reputations. These are undoubtedly great wine regions and HPS sells the best values we can find from each, but our focus in France is elsewhere.
For almost 2 decades, HPS has specialized in the wines of Southern France, which includes the regions of Languedoc, Roussillon, the Southern Rhône and Provence. Historically, these regions are less renowned than those of France’s “Holy Trinity”, so prices are generally more modest. However, as modern technology allows old vineyards to achieve new levels of quality, the hierarchy of centuries can be upset in a few decades, or even years! Today, these are among the world’s most exciting wine regions, offering unparalleled value across all price points, from $10-$12 wines for everyday drinking to iconic, limited-production releases that can be counted among the world’s greatest wines.