French red wine values tasted in 2004

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 3 Rhône rangers. You may look up the availability of wines if you enter a location name in the search box at the top of the page.

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2004 (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 - Domaine Roger Perrin

Non vintage - 2 € - grape - grape, dries the gum and the palate, fresh

route de Châteauneuf, 84100 Orange, tél : +33 (0) 4 90 34 25 64

red Coteaux du languedoc saint saturnin - Cave des vignerons de Saint-Saturnin - Lucian

2001 - 3.2 € - I have only tasted it: - a nose dominated by crushed fruit, a pleasant aroma that reminds of wine after fermentation and before bottling - dense, fruity, balanced, dries the palate, herbaceous, a little stiff - the aftertaste is overwhelmed by plant, sustained by alcohol


red Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Côt

2001 - 4 € - the wine is clear and pure, green pepper dominates the flavour - the palate is very slightly offdry, light with a hint of hardness

red Coteaux varois - Domaine de la Gayolle - Jacques Paul - Orante (80% syrah, 20% grenache)

2000 - 5.3 € - red fruit - supple on entry, the palate is aromatic and balanced

Domaine de la Gayolle, quart Pourchières, route Nationale 7, 83170 Brignoles, tél. +33/4 94 59 10 88

red Vin de pays de l'Ardèche - Le Mazel - Cuvée C'est Im-Portant

2002 - 6.2 € - served cool (maybe at 14°C), do not decant - formidable on the nose, fruit jelly, blackberry or blackcurrant sorbet, crushed blackberry, a note of smokiness, cherry, ligneous - juicy, cherry, a plant note, dry, fresh like a fruit juice (with a hint of grapefruit) - the wine lingers with blackcurrant and strawberry

Bourgogne-hautes-côtes-de-nuits wine labelred Bourgogne hautes côtes de nuits - Domaine Patrick Hudelot - (Pinot noir, à la propriété / sans nom de cuvée en grande distribution)

2001 - 7.2 € - a nose of cherry and underbrush: classical Burgundy - rich and flattering on entry (thanks to oak treatment?), onctuous, cherry, dries the palate, ends with a pronounced plant note (maybe due to an incomplete ripeness of grapes) - (to be compared to the same vintage tasted one year earlier)

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelred Côtes du rhône - Domaine La Réméjeanne - Rémy Klein - Les Genévriers - Grenache 50%, syrah 40%, mourvèdre 10%

2000 - 9 € - rather quiet on the nose, with mature fruit and roasting - dense on the palate without a plant note, velvety, delicate aromas of liquorice, blackcurrant and prune, the balance is well made thanks to a nice acidity

Sabran, +33 (0) 4 66 89 44 51

red Morey st denis - Dominique Laurent - 1er cru Les Monts luisants

1997 - 48 € - this sublime wine does not require ageing any more, it shows both fruit and nerve - a harmonious bouquet of flower, earth, and red berry - the liquid is very intense in the mouth, with red berry, fur, and freshness

Village, 21220 L'Étang Vergy, tél. +33 (0) 3 80 61 49 94


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