France: Wine, French Wine Regions, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, & More Profiled

2020 Dominique Joseph - Domaine Le Petit Saint Vincent Saumur-Champigny, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France.  It is from the wineries youngest vines and aged in concrete.  Ruby  in color with some purple and blue hues, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is sweaty/dusty with cherries and strawberries and a bit of black pepper.  Medium tannins.  Tart acidity.  On the palate, cherries with a touch of strawberries.  A streak of heat on the finish.  This is nice on its own but really needs some food.  It would be nice with some fatty meats, say a Lamb Stew. Drink over the next five to eight years.

2020 Domaine Corinne et Jean Pierre Grossot Chablis, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

First time trying this producer.  Pale green/silver/gold in color, slightly cloudy but bright.  The nose has some "sock drawer" notes on the nose but also apples, slight petrichor and a bit of oak/spice.  Light tannins.  On the palate, lemons, slight char and slight apple.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This is a nice Chablis that would be better with food.  Of course, Oysters or other shellfish but also soft cheeses.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

2020 Croix & Courbet Côtes du Jura, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a white wine from the east central part of France along the Swiss border.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is fragrant, almost "skunk weed" (think summer outdoor concerts) along with a bit of minerality and a slight oxidized peach note.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is a bit sweet.  Slight pineapple, honey and minerality.  Strong acidity.  It takes some getting used to but then delivers nicely.  It would be better with food and went well with a variety of cheeses.  Drink over the next few years.  This is a wine to serve to wine geeks and prob

NV Château Moncontour Vouvray Pétillant Brut Tete de Cuvee, France, Loire, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a sparkling wine made in the traditional method from 100% Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley.  Light golden in color with a nice mousse of medium to smaller bubbles.  The nose is nice with good minerality along with a bit of red apples.  Medium bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, this drinks easy.  The slightest bit of sweetness makes it nice on its own but is still food friendly.  It would work with most foods.  Fried chicken should work well.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2015 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is 80% grenache with 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.  It is a more traditionally styled CdP.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright with some purple swirls.  The nose has black cherries, cherries, black raspberries, slight floral notes, and spice.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, slight earthiness and spice.  This seems about fully mature but should drink well for another five to eight years.  Better with food, this worked well with assorted pizzas.  

2023 M. Chapoutier Vin de Pays d'Oc Bila-Haut Rosé, France, Roussillon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2023
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a Rosé wine from master Rhone producer Michel Chapoutier.  It is a blend of 60% Cinsault and 40% Grenache aged in stainless steel.  Salmon pink in color with some pale orange hues, clear and bright.  The nose is great with strawberries, cherries, slight watermelon and a bit of dry earth.  Medium bodied.  Very lite but present tannins.  On the palate, this is crisp and dry and refreshing.  Flavors of strawberries and watermelons.  Easy to drink.  Moderate finish.  This is a great summer sipper on its own and will work well with lighter foods and would be a nice wine with grilled fish

2022 La Cave des Vignerons de Gigondas Côtes du Rhône La Font Louisiane, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a blend of Grenache 75% and Syrah 15% along with ten percent Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Carignan.  Deep garnet with purple swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is lovely with cherries, black cherries, spices, black pepper, slight black olives and black raspberries.  Medium to full bodied.  Slight tannins.  On the palate, juicy black cherries and cherries with spice and char.  Nice finish.  This drinks easy on its own and will work well with grilled meats, fowl or veggies.  Drink over the next three to five years.  

2022 Domaine Saint-Damien Côtes du Rhône La Bouveau, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Another great value in Cotes du Rhone.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, cherries, floral notes, spices, and black olives.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this has nice depth and some complexity.  Black cherry fruit with some cherries and just a hint of strawberries.  Nice texture.  Light tannins.  Good finish.  This is delicious on its own and will work well with food.  This would be a classic match with cassoulet.  Drink over the next three to five years.  

2020 Domaine de l'Odylée Côtes du Rhône La Généreuse, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Cotes du Rhone wines have been and continue to be some of the best values in wine.  This is a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah.  Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is interesting and nice with black cherries, black raspberries, spices, slight purple flowers and slight chocolate.  Great full bodied texture.  Good balance.  On the palate this is delicious.  It has depth and some complexity.  Flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, spice and char.  Nice finish.  This is great on its own and will work well with food.  This is a great choice for g

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