French red wine values tasted in 2010

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. Featured values include 3 Cahors and 4 Gamays. 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 2010 (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 Bordeaux - - Les Gauthiers

2007 - 3.6 € - typical of a Bordeaux, reminds of a Mouton Cadet 2006 - licorice, tire - licorice, tire, dries the mouth, food-friendly balance

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red Côtes du roussillon villages - Prieur Rabasse

2007 - 4 € - black fruit - onctuous, black fruit, neither weedy nor harsh, dense, supple and round

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Vin-de-table-français wine labelred Vin de table français - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Cousin Oscar - (cinsault dominant)

Non vintage - 4.6 € - very fruity, round

red Beaujolais villages nouveau - Vinifié par [Jean-Claude Chanudet et non] Marcel Lapierre - Château Cambon - [gamay]

2010 - 6 € - intense but not explosive like Foillard - strawberry - strawberry, firm balance

red Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise - Vignerons de Buxy - Rouge

2008 - 6.6 € - typically what a Burgundy should be - Morello cherry - Morello cherry, not very dense but juicy, firm stand

Saint-chinian wine labelred Saint chinian - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Les Travers de Marceau

2008 - 6.9 € - fresh red fruit, a note of treaded grapes - fresh red fruit, silky but dries the palate a bit, food-friendly balance

red Table - Jean Maupertuis - La Guillaume - Gamay

2009 - 7 € - lots of fruit - ripe cherry, orange - ripe cherry, orange, juicy, incisive (thanks to an uncomplete grape ripeness), firm, shorter than Griottes 2007 by Chermette

red Beaujolais nouveau - Jean Foillard - [gamay]

2010 - 7 € - not a lot of fruit for a young natural wine, elegant, more complex on Day 2 - explosive fruit, banana, undergrowth on the second day - low onctuosity, explosive fruit, banana, a note of mocka, undergrowth on the second day, intense, firm, refreshing

red Beaujolais - Domaine du Vissoux - Pierre-Marie Chermette - Griottes

2007 - 7 € - more structure than La Guillaume or Foillard, but less aroma - on the palate : morello cherry, strawberry, juicy, vinous, firm - blackberry, very long

red Vin de France - Marc Houtin et Julien Bresteau - La Grange aux Belles - La Chaussée rouge - (macération carbonique)

2009 - 7 € - red fruit, the smell of ivy when you rip it from a wall (typical of Atlantic Cabernet) - dense, red fruit, green pepper, a hint of nougat (typical of no-SO2 winemaking), the balance is food-friendly

table wine labelred Table - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Le Chant de Marjolaine - (carignan)

2008 - 7.2 € - nicely fresh - spicy and fresh red fruit, a note of vanilla (but no wood was used) - not onctuous but suave and juicy, fresh red fruit, a note of vanilla (but no wood was used), the balance is food-friendly

red Cahors - Château du Cayrou

2005 - 7.5 € - red fruit - red fruit, dries the mouth, the balance is food-friendly

Cahors wine labelred Cahors - Jouffreau - Clos de Gamot

2006 - 8 € - red fruit - onctuous, dense, mellow, the balance is food-friendly

red Côtes de provence - Clos Cassivet

2004 - 10 € - dust, dark chocolate (due to oak barrel), blackberry - onctuous (thanks to oak barrel), dark chocolate, blackberry, dense, dries the tongue and the palate, food-friendly

red Cahors - Jouffreau - Clos de Gamot

1989 - 32 € - much more complex than Cayrou 1989, slightly better than CVNE Imperial 2001 - onctuous, not drying, food-friendly

 

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