French red wine values tasted in 2007

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 5 bottlings from the Rhône Valley. You’ll learn the availability of wines if you enter a location name in the search box at the top of the page.

The below wines were tasted in France, in 2007 (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
 

red Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Cuvée des copains

2006 - 3.4 € - yummy served at a cool temperature - red fruit, a note of blackberry sorbet - red fruit, a note of blackberry sorbet, a vegetable hint, does not dry the mouth, easy and round (little acidity)

red Vin de pays du Pont du Gard - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Cuvée des galets - Non filtré

2006 - 4 € - serve at a cool temperature - red fruit - red fruit, shows the biggest body from this cooperative, dense, dries the teeth, round

red Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Cabernet

2005 - 4 € - bell pepper - green bell pepper, fresh, the incomplete grape maturity is similar to that of the Mouton Cadet 2004 which you will prefer if you need wine to impact your palate

red Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - A.Michel Brégeon - Cabernet

2002 - 4.2 € - on the nose red fruit and yellow bell pepper dominate - red fruit and red bell pepper, dense, firm

red Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Le Pape noir

2005 - 5.3 € - serve at a cool temperature, no vanilla, nor tar, nor stewed fruit, nor smokedness - blackcurrant - blackcurrant or blackberry, does not dry the mouth, round : little structure or acidity

red Côtes de provence - Richard Martel - La Garnaude - Olympe

2003 - 5.5 € - red fruit scrambled by conventional winemaking - blackcurrant, roastbeef, fresh - aromatic, blackcurrant, roastbeef, moss, not dense, not very drying, balanced, less intense than the Olympe 2002 tasted at the same age

06140 Tourrettes-sur-Loup, 8 r Bourgade, Cave de Tourrettes, M.Orta, tél : 04 93 24 10 12

red Vin de pays de l'Ardèche - Jérôme Jouret - Pas à pas - [80%] carignan, [20%] alicante

2006 - 6.3 € - shows a great aromatic intensity even if served slightly fresh - a nose of black fruit, with a note of roastbeef and a hint of thyme - black fruit, neither heavy nor aggressive, but firm (too bad it is sometimes corked!)

red Vin de pays des collines rhodaniennes - Jamet - Syrah

2005 - 7.5 € - I love Syrah with such a varietal character ! - black chocolate, flower, blackcurrant, toasted loafbread - blackcurrant, juicy, much alcohol, balanced - blackcurrant - similar to the Jamet 2004 tasted at the same age

Morgon wine labelred Morgon - Geneviève et Jean-Claude Chanudet - Domaine J. Chamonard - [gamay]

2005 - 10 € - intense blackcurrant, a note of roastbeef, candied fruit - onctuous, intense blackcurrant, a note of roastbeef, there is no banana but the candied fruit typical of a wine that has not encountered sulfites, easy but firm - drink this year and in ten years!

 

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