French red wine values tasted in 2010

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 3 Cahors and 4 Gamays.

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2010 (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 Bordeaux - - Les Gauthiers

2007 - 3.6 € - typical of a Bordeaux, reminds of a Mouton Cadet 2006 - licorice, tire - licorice, tire, dries the mouth, food-friendly balance

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red Côtes du roussillon villages - Prieur Rabasse

2007 - 4 € - black fruit - onctuous, black fruit, neither weedy nor harsh, dense, supple and round

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Vin-de-table-français wine labelred Vin de table français - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Cousin Oscar - (cinsault dominant)

Non vintage - 4.6 € - very fruity, round

red Beaujolais villages nouveau - Vinifié par [Jean-Claude Chanudet et non] Marcel Lapierre - Château Cambon - [gamay]

2010 - 6 € - intense but not explosive like Foillard - strawberry - strawberry, firm balance

red Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise - Vignerons de Buxy - Rouge

2008 - 6.6 € - typically what a Burgundy should be - Morello cherry - Morello cherry, not very dense but juicy, firm stand

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

2008 - 6.9 € - fresh red fruit, a note of treaded grapes - fresh red fruit, silky but dries the palate a bit, food-friendly balance

red Table - Jean Maupertuis - La Guillaume - Gamay

2009 - 7 € - lots of fruit - ripe cherry, orange - ripe cherry, orange, juicy, incisive (thanks to an uncomplete grape ripeness), firm, shorter than Griottes 2007 by Chermette

red Beaujolais nouveau - Jean Foillard - [gamay]

2010 - 7 € - not a lot of fruit for a young natural wine, elegant, more complex on Day 2 - explosive fruit, banana, undergrowth on the second day - low onctuosity, explosive fruit, banana, a note of mocka, undergrowth on the second day, intense, firm, refreshing

red Beaujolais - Domaine du Vissoux - Pierre-Marie Chermette - Griottes

2007 - 7 € - more structure than La Guillaume or Foillard, but less aroma - on the palate : morello cherry, strawberry, juicy, vinous, firm - blackberry, very long

red Vin de France - Marc Houtin et Julien Bresteau - La Grange aux Belles - La Chaussée rouge - (macération carbonique)

2009 - 7 € - red fruit, the smell of ivy when you rip it from a wall (typical of Atlantic Cabernet) - dense, red fruit, green pepper, a hint of nougat (typical of no-SO2 winemaking), the balance is food-friendly

table wine labelred Table - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Le Chant de Marjolaine - (carignan)

2008 - 7.2 € - nicely fresh - spicy and fresh red fruit, a note of vanilla (but no wood was used) - not onctuous but suave and juicy, fresh red fruit, a note of vanilla (but no wood was used), the balance is food-friendly

red Cahors - Château du Cayrou

2005 - 7.5 € - red fruit - red fruit, dries the mouth, the balance is food-friendly

Cahors wine labelred Cahors - Jouffreau - Clos de Gamot

2006 - 8 € - red fruit - onctuous, dense, mellow, the balance is food-friendly

red Côtes de provence - Clos Cassivet

2004 - 10 € - dust, dark chocolate (due to oak barrel), blackberry - onctuous (thanks to oak barrel), dark chocolate, blackberry, dense, dries the tongue and the palate, food-friendly

red Cahors - Jouffreau - Clos de Gamot

1989 - 32 € - much more complex than Cayrou 1989, slightly better than CVNE Imperial 2001 - onctuous, not drying, food-friendly

 

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