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French red wine values tasted in 2004

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 - 2 € - grape - grape, dries the gum and the palate, fresh

Coteaux du languedoc saint saturnin - Cave des vignerons de Saint-Saturnin - Lucian

2001 - 3 € - I have only tasted it: - a nose dominated by crushed fruit, a pleasant aroma that reminds of wine after fermentation and before bottling - dense, fruity, balanced, dries the palate, herbaceous, a little stiff - the aftertaste is overwhelmed by plant, sustained by alcohol

Vin de pays du Jardin de la France - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Côt

2001 - 4 € - the wine is clear and pure, green pepper dominates the flavour - the palate is very slightly offdry, light with a hint of hardness

- O.Lemasson et H.Villemade - Les Vins contés - Le P'tit rouquin - (50% gamay à jus blanc, 50 gamay teinturier)

2003 - 5 € - gamay fruit dominates the nose and the mouth - the palate is easy-drinking, with sweets and weak acidity

Coteaux varois - Domaine de la Gayolle - Jacques Paul - Orante (80% syrah, 20% grenache)

2000 - 5 € - red fruit - supple on entry, the palate is aromatic and balanced

Vin de pays de l'Ardèche - Le Mazel - Cuvée C'est Im-Portant

2002 - 6 € - served cool (maybe at 14°C), do not decant - formidable on the nose, fruit jelly, blackberry or blackcurrant sorbet, crushed blackberry, a note of smokiness, cherry, ligneous - juicy, cherry, a plant note, dry, fresh like a fruit juice (with a hint of grapefruit) - the wine lingers with blackcurrant and strawberry

Bourgogne-hautes-côtes-de-nuits wine labelBourgogne hautes côtes de nuits - Domaine Patrick Hudelot - (Pinot noir, à la propriété / sans nom de cuvée en grande distribution)

2001 - 7 € - a nose of cherry and underbrush: classical Burgundy - rich and flattering on entry (thanks to oak treatment?), onctuous, cherry, dries the palate, ends with a pronounced plant note (maybe due to an incomplete ripeness of grapes) - (to be compared to the same vintage tasted one year earlier)

Côtes-du-rhône wine labelCôtes du rhône - Domaine La Réméjeanne - Rémy Klein - Les Genévriers - Grenache 50%, syrah 40%, mourvèdre 10%

2000 - 9 € - 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

Morey st denis - Dominique Laurent - 1er cru Les Monts luisants

1997 - 48 € - 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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