The selected vibrant bottlings have given me much pleasure for the price. I have purchased them again for personal consumption. This page skips the tasting notes of the wines that are not imported into the USA. The complete page of French wine values can be found here.
The below wines were tasted in France, in 2004 (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
Vin de pays - Domaine Roger Perrin
Non vintage - USD 8.1 - grape - grape, dries the gum and the palate, fresh
Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Côt
2001 - USD 11 - the wine is clear and pure, green pepper dominates the flavour - the palate is very slightly offdry, light with a hint of hardness
Coteaux varois - Domaine de la Gayolle - Jacques Paul - Orante (80% syrah, 20% grenache)
2000 - USD 12 - red fruit - supple on entry, the palate is aromatic and balanced
Côtes du rhône - Domaine La Réméjeanne - Rémy Klein - Les Genévriers - Grenache 50%, syrah 40%, mourvèdre 10%
2000 - USD 18 - rather quiet on the nose, with mature fruit and roasting - dense on the palate without a plant note, velvety, delicate aromas of liquorice, blackcurrant and prune, the balance is well made thanks to a nice acidity
1997 - USD 70 - this sublime wine does not require ageing any more, it shows both fruit and nerve - a harmonious bouquet of flower, earth, and red berry - the liquid is very intense in the mouth, with red berry, fur, and freshness
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