French white 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. 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 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
Côtes du rhône - Paul Jaboulet Aîné - Parallèle 45
2008 - 5 € - white fruit - onctuous, white fruit, fresh
Saint chinian - Jean-Marie Rimbert - blanc
2009 - 6.5 € - nougat, toffee, star anise - onctuous, fresh
2007 - 7 € - does not show closed any longer - much aroma - no onctuosity, minerally, vivid
Vin de table - Jean Maupertuis - Puy long - (chardonnay)
2009 - 8 € - not very onctuous, a note of grapefruit, the nougat taste typical of a no-SO2 winemaking, fresh
When choosing wines, remember to buy according to your needs.