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Vibrant red wines tasted in 2020

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 2020 (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 - Cuvée des galets

2018 - 6 € - pure - red fruit - red fruit, balanced (fresh and not soft)

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

2018 - 9.6 € - volatile acidity, blackcurrant, mocha - huge intensity, blackcurrant, volatile acidity, mocha, dense, incisive, balanced

Vin de France [Ardèche] - Antonin Azzoni - Le Raisin et l'ange - Brân - (gamay)

2019 - 10 € - strawberry - full, strawberry, frank

Vin de France [Languedoc] - Aymeric & Jordan Amiel - Domaine des Amiel - à Coural

2019 - 11 € - red fruit - red fruit, incisive (a hint of volatile acidity), dry, balanced

Pfälzer Landwein [Palatinate] - Daniel & Jonas Brand - Weingut Brand - pur - Pinot Noir

2018 - 17 € - an enormous aromatic intensity, great purity, more complexity than Buronfosse Les Fontaines - morello cherry, undergrowth, mineral - no smoothness but silky, morello cherry, foxed, dry, no stiffness but firm

Terre Siciliane - Azienda agricola COS - Frappato

2018 - 18 € - red fruit - red fruit, juicy, refreshing

La Vrille et le papillon - - vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon

Chapeau melon - 7.4 € - 2019

La Vrille et le papillon - - vin de France [Ardèche] - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon

Impair… ! - 9.9 € -

Villemade - - vin-de-France [Cheverny, Loire] - Hervé Villemade

Bovin Rouge (1 litre) - 10 € - 2019

 

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