2013 Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot La 50/50, France, Languedoc

This is a joint project from two successful winemakers from other parts of France.  It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignane according to the web site.  This was really good and for $9 a screaming value.  It is a fruity wine and drinking quite well right now.  Perfect for this summers BBQ's and parties.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is slightly earthy with black raspberries and a slight pine note which was enjoyable.  On the palate, this has firm tannins.  Black raspberries and black licorice underneath.  Bright fruit.  There is even some upside with this wine over the

2014 L'Ostal Cazes Minervois-La Livinière Grand Vin, France, Languedoc, Wine Review

This is an under $20 easy drinking wine from the south of France.  Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, some leather and slight violets.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  Nice acidity.  Works well with food.  Nice black raspberry fruit.  Not a lot of fruit nor complexity, but works nicely as a package.  Drink sooner than later.  

2014 Gérard Bertrand Syrah/Grenache, France, Languedoc, Wine Review

Another inexpensive, relatively easy bottle to find of very nice wine.  Purple in color.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, some cherries, a bit of leather and earth.  On the palate, this has nice black raspberry fruit.  A bit of earthiness to it.  Easy drinking.  Enough acidity to carry food.  Long finish.  Available for under $15, its a very nice bottle.  Should last a few years.  I suspect the 2015 and 2016 vintage will be even better.  

2010 Domaine du Grangeon Chatus Ardèche, France, Languedoc - Wine Review

My first time that I recall trying the Chatus grape.  It is very interesting.  Not too dismilar from Cinsault.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dust and cranberries.  On the palate, this is deep with a nice complexity.  Tart cranberries and some cherries on the palate.  This really worked better with food.  A fun wine and a very good wine as well.  

NV L'exeption d'Aimery Crémant de Limoux Rose, France, Languedoc - Wine Review

A very nice value in sparkling wine.  This is a blend of Chardonnay (70%), Chenin (20%) and Pinot Noir (10%).  Pink in color.  A nice mousse of medium sized bubbles.  On the nose a bit of strawberries and a bit or orange peel.  On the palate, orange peel including a bit of bitterness along with some orange citrus.  Slight strawberry note.  This is a fun aprkler with enough acidity to work at the table.  Good finish.  

NV Elisabeth & Francois Jourdan Coteaux du Languedoc L'Argentier, France - Wine Review

A blend of Syrah, Carignane and Grenache.  I could find no vintage designation on the label (so its probably there in extra large font ;-) )  A very nice value wine.  Purple in color.  Black raspberries, pepper, cherries and plums.  Also some spice.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  Very tasty.  Easy drinking.  Some complexity as well.  Good finish.  Nice value but more than that.  

2001 Domaine Tempier Bandol, France - Wine Review

Whoa.  This was excellent and drinking great right now.  This is the regular bottling (do they still make that?).  Purple in color.  The nose is so pretty with a combination or wild herbs, earthiness and plums, and dark cherries.  On the palate, this has a lovely juicy texture.  It is depp with layers of complexity.  Vibrant fruit; cherries, dark cherries and slight plums and an underlying earthiness.  Long finish.  At 16 years from vintage this seems to be entering its peak but still is quite vital and there is no hurry to open.  

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