French red wine values tasted in 2002

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 7 bottlings from the Rhône Valley.

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2002 (between April and December). The tasting notes are listed by increasing prices, with the following format:

Appellation - producer - plot or brand - variety
Vintage - approximate price - general impression - on nose - on palate - after swallowing
 

red Vin de pays d'Oc - les producteurs réunis, 11100 Narbonne - Vieilli en fût de chêne - Cabernet sauvignon

2001 - 1.5 € - fun but unsubtle, well made but simple, perfect for a barbecue - a plain nose - a big impression in the mouth, healthy fruit holds out against the power of winemaking (impact, vanilla), balanced, no plant note

En supermarché

Bordeaux wine labelred Bordeaux - S.F.V. A F 69220 - Bordeaux

Non vintage - 1.7 € - a nose typical of Médoc: green pepper and the smell of an ivy patch when you tear it off the wall - a palate with tar, under-ivy, green pepper, not much dense but balanced - a short persistance

En supermarché

red Madiran - Denis Capmartin - Château Barréjat - (cubitainer)

Non vintage - 2 € - the (red) fruit shows more than in the Tradition cuvée, the wine is more open, and as pleasurable

red Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Domaine de la Pépière - Marc Ollivier - Côt (= malbec)

2001 - 3.2 € - transparent wine-making - ice cream, sweet pepper - fur, fruity (like a fruit juice, not like a concentrate), light, pure - spicy

red Vin de pays du Pont du Gard - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Cuvée des galets - Non filtré

2001 - 3.5 € - a pleasant and easy guest, bursting with flavour, should be drunk this year - the nose is dominated by red fruit - the wine is dense in the mouth, candyish, velvety, fresh

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelred Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine de Pierredon

2000 - 4.3 € - a smell of brandy cherry - blackberry, the palate dense but balanced, lighter than Domaine d'Andézon (report below), dries the mouth - blackberry, alcohol heat

red Madiran - Denis Capmartin - Château Barréjat - Tradition

1999 - 5 € - a nose of coffee, blackcurrant, and sweet pepper - a palate of little black fruit, liquorice, a little muddled but fresh, dries the teeth - a lead-pencil long aftertaste

Vin-de-table [Ardèche] wine labelred Vin de table [Ardèche] - Mas de la Bégude - Gilles Azzoni - Hommage à Robert

Non vintage - 5 € - balance and intensity of fruit - fruity, blackcurrant, vinous - very fruity, the fruit typical of a cold fermentation, strawberry, sorbet of cherry and bilberry flavours, pure, juicy and fresh, dries the mouth a little - an aftertaste of blackcurrant

Mas de La Bégude, Les Salelles 07170 Saint-Maurice d'Ibie, tél: +33/4 75 94 70 10

red Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine d'Andézon - (syrah 70%)

2000 - 5.2 € - on the palate the wine is fruity and warm, the structure is standard but with more edges than Domaine de Pierredon and Domaine La Montagnette - the end is marked by alcohol heat

Côtes-du-rhône-villages wine labelred Côtes du rhône villages - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine La Montagnette

2000 - 5.2 € - smells of garrigue herbs, blackberry sorbet, lead pencil, liquorice, roasted - onctuous, the fruit typical of a cold fermentation, warm with alcohol yet fresh, lighter than Domaine d'Andézon, pepper, drying tannins, a burnt taste - chocolate, coffee with milk

red Vin de table de France - Domaine de Peyra - Les puys - Non filtrée (sans soufre) - [gamay]

2001 - 5.7 € - balance is straighter than in Les liens - smoked, cherry, cheese, clove, mint chocolate - onctuous, cherry, fresh, smoked, clove - venison, smoked

red Côtes d'auvergne - Domaine de Peyra - Les liens - Non filtrée (sans soufre) - [gamay]

2001 - 6.2 € - entertaining - fur, stewed cherry, toffee, moss, apple - merry, roast beef (reduction), clove, stewed cherry, apple, more buttery than Les puys - clove, grapefruit, roast beef

red Côtes du rhône brézème - Jean-Marie Lombard - Grand Chêne

1997 - 6.8 € - smells of blackcurrent and fur - violet, red fruit, fur, ample, fresh, tannic

Livron, tél. +33/ 4 75 61 64 90

Saint-chinian wine labelred Saint chinian - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Les Travers de Marceau

2001 - 7.3 € - a nose with blackberry sorbet and garrigue - bright and juicy fruit flavours, strawberry and lemon, powerful yet fresh, with a hint of plant bitterness

bureau: 9 r Haute 34360 Berlou, tél. +33/ 04 67 89 74 66, cave: 4 av Mimosas 34360 Berlou

Chinon wine labelred Chinon - Bernard Baudry - Cuvée du Domaine - [cabernet franc]

2000 - 8 € - a nose of ripe fruit, blackcurrant - a palate fruity (like a fruit juice, not like a concentrate), fresh, less fat than same-year Granges or Grézeaux, more elegant, dense, balanced, dries the palate - ripe fruit, jam, sticks on the teeth

red Côtes du rhône brézème - Jean-Marie Lombard - Eugène de Monicault

1997 - 8.4 € - consider decanting, harmonious - violet, chocolate, plum, berries - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, fresh - berries, short

Livron, tél. +33/ 4 75 61 64 90

red Faugères - Domaine Léon Barral - Tradition

1999 - 9.1 € - served cooled - cold red fruit (typical of a low-temperature type of wine-making), garrigue, pepper - round on the attack, fruity, juicy but tannic, fresh - very fine tannins, stalk

red Bourgueil - Joël Taluau - Cuvée du Domaine - [cabernet franc]

1996 - 9.3 € - should be still aged, tasted after aeration in decanter - red and black fruit - onctuous, complete, a plant note, fresh

Chinon wine labelred Chinon - Bernard Baudry - Croix Boissée - [cabernet franc]

2001 - 14 € - little red and black fruits - ripe fruit, a powerful structure yet very fresh (acidity is at 4,15 g/l) - black fruit, very long

red Chinon - Bernard Baudry - Croix Boissée - [cabernet franc]

2000 - 14 € - aging potential - toffee, fruit - very fruity, firm tannins, chewy, limestone, gravel - long

 

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