French white wine values tasted in 2008
The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. I would consider doing so even with a 50 percent mark-up. (My criteria are explained here.) 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 2008 (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
Vin de pays des Coteaux de l'Ardèche - Vignerons ardéchois - Sauvignon
2007 - 4 € - a nose of green almond - onctuous, dry but with glycerin, green almond, lively
Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - A.Michel Brégeon
2004 - 4.5 € - a nose of beeswax, lichee and lime blossom - the palate is intense and drying, with the structure of a Chablis, lichee, lime blossom, lively
Alsace - Audrey et Christian Binner - Saveurs printanières - (sylvaner, muscat et gewürtztraminer)
Non vintage - 7.4 € - onctuous, aromatic, low alcohol, fresh
Muscadet de sèvre et maine - A.Michel Brégeon - (bouteille bourguignonne) - Elevé sur lies en cuve pendant 5 ans
2003 - 8 € - a nose of citrus - minerally, intense, fresh
Alsace - Audrey et Christian Binner - Katzenthal - Riesling
2004 - 11 € - harmonious - a nose showing pebble - velvety, pebble, roasted almond, tiny gaz beads, fresh - pebble, roasted almond
When choosing wines, remember to buy according to your needs.