French red wine values tasted in 2009

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 3 Languedoc reds and 4 Rhones. 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 2009 (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 Vdp - Domaine Sainte-Léocadie - (bib cubitainer de 5l)

2007 (et pas une autre année) - 1.4 € - it makes you tremble if you have drunk too much of it - a lot of fruit, dense but easy to drink, impactful but the balance is food friendly

red Vin de pays d'oc - Intervins - Mis en bouteille à F-11000 - Cabernet sauvignon

2008 - 2 € - the nose is varietal (with red pepper) - the fruit is scrambled, the structure is standard : it dries the mouth a bit, the alcohol is moderate, the balance is frank

Dia

red Vin de pays des Coteaux de l'Ardèche - Vignerons ardéchois - Cuvée Modestine - Gamay

2007 - 3.1 € - a nose of ripe black cherry - ripe black cherry on the palate too, the fruit may be dirty on account of grape mold manipulation, a firm balance

beaujolais nouveau wine labelred Beaujolais nouveau - Georges Duboeuf

2009 - 3.2 € - decent mass product - red fruit - banana, a little stiff, refreshing

Côtes-de-provence wine labelred Côtes de provence - Domaine Turenne - (Bag in Box en poche de 5l)

2008 - 3.3 € - red fruit dominates the smell - in the mouth : a lot of red fruit (cherry) too but no fruit jelly, the wine is wide and slightly dries the palate, it shows a hint of volatile acidity on opening but stays vinous and balanced for weeks

red Pays d'Oc - Marc et Jérôme Vic - Le Petit Pont - Réserve

2007 - 3.8 € -

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

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelred Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine de Pierredon

2008 - 4.5 € -

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelred Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Les grandes vignes - (cinsault)

2007 - 5.6 € - aromas of red fruit - red fruit, goes away fast (short), balanced

red Côtes du rhône villages signargues - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine de Pierredon

2008 - 6.6 € - red fruit - red fruit, less alcohol than Genestas, firm

red Côtes du rhône villages - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Domaine Les Genestas

2008 - 5.6 € -

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

2007 - 5.2 € -

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

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

2004 - 5.7 € -

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

fleurie wine labelred Fleurie - Geneviève et Jean-Claude Chanudet - Domaine J. Chamonard - La Madone - [gamay]

2005 - 12 € - aromas of black cherry and roast beef - ripe black cherry and roast beef, flower, does not dry tongue or palate, firm

 

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