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Vibrant red wines tasted in 2019

The selected vibrant 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.)

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2019 (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 - Les Vignerons d’Estézargues

2018 - 6.4 € - red - red fruit, dries the mouth, balanced acidity

Vin-de-pays-du-Jardin-de-la-France wine labelVin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière - La Pépie - Cabernet franc

2018 - 6.5 € - a very good imitation of a Mediterranean wine, but less alcohol - red fruit - velvety, fat and sweet, red fruit, balanced acidity

Côtes du rhône - Les Vignerons d’Estézargues - Cuvée des galets - Non filtré

2018 - 7 € - serve at a cool temperature - blackcurrant jam, cherry and smoke - blackberry, liquorice, pepper, nutmeg, dense but easy drinking, very juicy

Madiran - Denis Capmartin - Château Barréjat - Tradition

2016 - 7 € - red fruit, spice - fruit-forward, accessible, dries the mouth, full but with balanced acidity

Vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Chapeau melon - (merlot de cuve)

2018 - 7.4 € - intense - yellow pepper, plum - yellow pepper, plum, dense, dries the mouth, easy, round

Barbera d’Alba - Monchiero - Dorero

2015 - 8 € - intense, cassis, sous-bois, sometimes volatile acidity - brick, sometimes volatile acidity, fresh, prune

vin de France wine labelVin de France - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Domaine Rimbert - Bu End

2018 - 8 € - an easy natural wine, very aromatic - blackcurrant, white pepper - blackcurrant, more aromatic intensity and less body than other bottlings from the same domain, tiny gas beads, balanced acidity

Beaujolais villages nouveau - Guy Breton - Cuvée Fanchon - (gamay)

2019 - 9 € - red fruit - red fruit, serious, structured, neither sparkle nor volatile acidity, firm

Vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Impair… ! - (cabernet sauvignon, élevage 50% en barrique)

15-17 - 9.9 € - served cool: a great aromatic intensity, a high purity - ripe varietal (so no pepper), blackcurrant pie, moka - pie crust, blackcurrant, present on the palate with a beautiful maturity of cabernet sauvignon (so no pepper), moka, full, bitter, dries the mouth, round

Vin de France [Ardèche] - Antonin Azzoni - Le Raisin et l'ange - Hommage à Robert

2018 - 10 € - blackcurrant, sometimes volatile acidity, mocha, incisive - a big intensity, blackcurrant, mocha, sometimes volatile acidity, dense, incisive, balanced acidity

Vin de France [Cheverny, Loire] - Hervé Villemade - Bovin Rouge (1 litre) - (gamay)

2018 - 10 € - raspberry, foxy - raspberry, foxy, deep, juicy, firm

Vin de France [Languedoc] - Mireille et Patrick Meyer - Domaine Julien Meyer - Miso Paradis - (syrah, mourvèdre) (vinifié par Axel Prüfer du Temps des Cerises et élevé chez Patrick et Mireille Meyer, les raisins provenant d'Aspiran, chez Julien Peyras et David Caer (Clos Mathélisse)

2016 - 11 € - very intense but without volatile acidity - blackberry - onctuous, blackberry, balanced

Vin de table [Roussillon] - Alban Michel - Les Sabots d'Hélène - Pif not dead! - (caladoc, carignan)

2018 - 11 € -

 

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