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French white 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 7 Loire wines.

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
 

Vin de pays d'Oc - Domaine des Lièvres - Chardonnay

2008 - 2 € - not interesting but technically well made, little aromas (a note of grapefruit) - the nose is weak - the palate shows a hint of residual sugar but remains fresh

Alsace - Schaetzel - Edelzwicker 100 cl

2006 - 4 € -

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Domaine de la Pépière

2008 - 4 € - apple skin, minerally - lichee, fruitgrape, starfruit, not dense, fresh

Muscadet-de-sèvre-et-maine-sur-lie wine labelMuscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - A.Michel Brégeon

2007 - 4 € - not onctuous, watermelon, intense like the 2007 Briords, lively

Muscadet wine labelMuscadet - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Les Gras moutons

2008 - 6 € - full maturity of grapes - lichee - lichee, not very onctuous but round, with tiny gas beads, vibrant and fresh

Muscadet - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Clos des Briords - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

2007 - 6 € - you should keep and age this wine - closed and then even more vibrant than the 2007 Brégeon, dry, minerally and fresh

Côtes-de-provence wine labelCôtes de provence - Domaine Turenne - Cuvée Antoine

2008 - 7 € - onctuous, dense, fruit, much alcohol, fresh

Côtes de provence - Domaine du Cagueloup - Cuvée Minette - [50% clairette, 50% ugni blanc]

2008 - 7 € - flower, honey, starfruit - onctuous from alcohol but not from residual sugar, nectarine, apricot, pear, finger biscuit, fresh - starfruit

Table - Sylvain Saux - Pechigo - La Mothe

2008 - 7 € - finger biscuit, nougat - finger biscuit, nougat, wide but dry, fresh

Vouvray wine labelVouvray - François Pinon - Tradition [demi-sec]

2006 - 8 € - no manipulation - fruit (citrus) - onctuous, with fruit (honeydew melon, peach, fruit of the loom), a hint of chalk, soft (demi-sec), pure, fresh

Vouvray - François Pinon - Silex Noir [demi-sec]

2007 - 9 € - pear or peach - onctuous, intense, pear or peach, less soft than the 2006 Tradition, fresh and even more lively than Les Trois Argiles

Vouvray - François Pinon - Les Trois Argiles [demi-sec]

2007 - 9 € - similar to Silex Noir but much more mineral - fruit of the loom, a note of white fruit, a hint of chalk - onctuous, fruit of the loom, a hint of chalk, soft (demi-sec), less intense than Silex Noir, with more body, fresh but no as vivid

 

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