French red wine values tasted in 2011

The selected French bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. I would consider doing so even with a 50 percent mark-up. (My criteria are explained here.) 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 2011 (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 Vin de pays d'oc - Intervins - Mis en bouteille à F-11000 - Cabernet sauvignon

2009 - 2 € -

Dia

red Haut médoc - - Château du Breuil

2008 - 5.4 € - typical but with no pepper - reasonable élevage, ripe red fruit - onctuous, gentle élevage, the balance is food-friendly

Carrefour

Côtes-de-provence wine labelred Côtes de provence - Domaine de Jale - La Venne

2008 - 6.5 € - typical - red fruit - red fruit, aromatic, dense but juicy, much alcohol, food-friendly

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

2010 - 6.5 € - typical, intense red fruit - dense, food-friendly

Saint-chinian wine labelred Saint chinian - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Le Chant de Marjolaine (carignan)

2009 - 7 € - too young - punchy, dries the mouth, a varietal background note, food-friendly

vin de France wine labelred Vin de France - La Grange aux Belles - Le Vin de Jardin - Grolleau

2010 - 7 € - tasted at low temperature, great purity of fruit - wax polish, gooseberry - red fruit, no pepper, fresh, happily gulping

red Bordeaux - - L'Arpent - Cuvée des cerisiers

2007 - 7 € - fruity and flowing, no élevage - unripe cherry - astringent (draws mouth tissues together), pink grapefruit

red Saumur champigny - Domaine Filliatreau - Domaine Filliatreau (Tradition)

2008 - 7.7 € - red fruit, green pepper - harmonious, red fruit, green pepper, juicy, standing firm

anjou wine labelred Anjou - Marc Houtin et Julien Bresteau - La Grange aux Belles - 53 - Cabernet franc

2008 - 9 € - varietal but with no bell pepper - harmonious, a red fruit that would smell of raw red meat, full grape ripeness, no vegetal note, no trace of élevage - intense, dense, dries the palate, firm

red Pic saint loup - Blandine Chauchat - Foulaquier - Les Tonillières

2009 - 8.7 € -

morgon wine labelred Morgon - Geneviève et Jean-Claude Chanudet - Domaine J. Chamonard

2008 - 10 € - delicious, intense - strawberry, brandy cherry, roast beef (reduction?) - strawberry, roast beef, juicy, less dense than the 2005, fresher than the 2006, a firm balance

fleurie wine labelred Fleurie - G. Chanudet - La Madone

2008 - 10 € - cherry, blackcurrant - not onctuous, cherry, blackcurrant, a green note (incomplete grape ripeness), juicy, sharper than the Morgon, standing firm

 

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