French red wine values tasted in 2015

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 2015 (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

2014 - 4 € -

Vin-de-pays-du-Jardin-de-la-France wine labelred Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière, Domaine de la Pépière - La Pépie - Cabernet franc

2013 - 4.5 € - served a bit cool - green pepper - green pepper

red Pays - Marc Ollivier, Rémi Branger, Gwénaëlle Croix - EARL La Pépière, Domaine de la Pépière - La Pépie - Côt

2014 - 5.4 € - serve a bit cool - blackcurrant - blackcurrant, lean but not stiff, firm

red Vin de France - Sylvie Ledran, Philippe Maffre - Bois Moisset - Rencontre

2013 - 6.2 € - pleases everybody, lots of fruit - large, thick, vinous, balanced but less than the 2012 vintage

red Vin de France - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Chapeau melon - (merlot de cuve)

2014 - 7.4 € - plum - explosive, plum, pencil lead, packed, drying the mouth, balanced

cheverny wine labelred Cheverny - Hervé Villemade - Domaine du Moulin - Le litre

2014 - 7.5 € - red fruit - red fruit, light, firm

red Vin de France - Sylvie Ledran, Philippe Maffre - Bois Moisset - Brocol

2012 - 8 € - big fruit - black fruit, some volatile acidity, tiny beads of gaz, drying the mouth, firm

red Vin de France - Hélène et Christophe Comte - Domaine des Vigneaux - Du bout des doigts - Pinot noir

2014 - 8.2 € - cherry - velvety, cherry, full but firm

red Vin de France - Hélène et Christophe Comte - Domaine des Vigneaux - Tandem - (grenache à 80%, syrah)

2013 - 9 € -

red Vin de France - Sylvie Ledran, Philippe Maffre - Bois Moisset - Les Pradels

2014 - 9 € - blackcurrant, nougat, balanced

vin-de-France wine labelred Vin de France - Géraldine et Méryl Croizier - La Vrille et le papillon - Idée reçue - (cabernet sauvignon, fin de fermentation en barrique)

2012 - 9.8 € - dense, blackcurrant, roast beef on opening and then nougat, a hint of residual sugar, dries the mouth,balanced

 

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