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.  

Languedoc, France Vintage Chart

Languedoc, France 2009 93 D/H 2008 89 D/H 2007 98 D/H 2006 93 D/H 2005 93 D 2004 90 D 2003 90 D 2002 85 D 2001 94 D 2000 90 D 1999 90 D 1998 95 D 1997 89 D 1996 88 D 1995 83 D Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific knowledge about a bottle or producer. The better...

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