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French red wine values tasted in 2009

The selected vibrant bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 3 Languedoc reds and 4 Rhones.

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2009 (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
 

Vdp - Domaine Sainte-Léocadie - (bib cubitainer de 5l)

2007 (et pas une autre année) - 1 € - it makes you tremble if you have drunk too much of it - a lot of fruit, dense but easy to drink, impactful but the balance is food friendly

Vin de pays d'oc - Intervins - Mis en bouteille à F-11000 - Cabernet sauvignon

2008 - 2 € - the nose is varietal (with red pepper) - the fruit is scrambled, the structure is standard : it dries the mouth a bit, the alcohol is moderate, the balance is frank

Vin de pays des Coteaux de l'Ardèche - Vignerons ardéchois - Cuvée Modestine - Gamay

2007 - 3 € - a nose of ripe black cherry - ripe black cherry on the palate too, the fruit may be dirty on account of grape mold manipulation, a firm balance

beaujolais nouveau wine labelBeaujolais nouveau - Georges Duboeuf

2009 - 3 € - decent mass product - red fruit - banana, a little stiff, refreshing

Côtes-de-provence wine labelCôtes de provence - Domaine Turenne - (Bag in Box en poche de 5l)

2008 - 3 € - red fruit dominates the smell - in the mouth : a lot of red fruit (cherry) too but no fruit jelly, the wine is wide and slightly dries the palate, it shows a hint of volatile acidity on opening but stays vinous and balanced for weeks

Pays d'Oc - Marc et Jérôme Vic - Le Petit Pont - Réserve

2007 - 3 € -

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

2008 - 4 € -

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelCôtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Les grandes vignes - (cinsault)

2007 - 5 € - aromas of red fruit - red fruit, goes away fast (short), balanced

Côtes du rhône villages signargues - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine de Pierredon

2008 - 6 € - red fruit - red fruit, less alcohol than Genestas, firm

Côtes du rhône villages - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine Les Genestas

2008 - 5 € -

Côtes de provence - Richard Martel - La Garnaude - Olympe

2007 - 5 € -

Côtes de provence - Richard Martel - La Garnaude - Olympe

2004 - 5 € -

fleurie wine labelFleurie - Geneviève et Jean-Claude Chanudet - Domaine J. Chamonard - La Madone - [gamay]

2005 - 11. € - aromas of black cherry and roast beef - ripe black cherry and roast beef, flower, does not dry tongue or palate, firm

 

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