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French red wine values tasted in 2008

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 2008 (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 des Coteaux de l'Ardèche - Vignerons ardéchois - (en cubitainer ou en vrac) - Gamay

2007 - USD 8.1 - aromas of ripe strawberry - the palate is conventional (unlike a natural wine), firm

red Vin de pays des Coteaux de l'Ardèche - Vignerons ardéchois - Cuvée Modestine - Gamay

2007 - USD 9.5 - cherry on the nose - cherry in the mouth, the fruit is not clean, as if pummeled, the balance is firm

red Côtes du rhône - SCA les Vignerons d'Estézargues - Le Pape noir

2006 - USD 12 - served at a cool temperature, this wine has more intensity of fruit than Le Pape noir 2005 tasted at the same age - the nose primarily shows black fruit and 'garrigue' - the mouth is dense (but less so than the 2005), showing black fruit and spice, the wine feels round, tender (no tanins), supple

red Cahors - Clos Siguier - (Malbec, 95%)

2005 - USD 14 - this wine improves with airing, it is a beauty of delicacy, balance and perfume - it's like you go out to a garden after a shower: dust, raspberry, flower, an herbal note, then black licorice and a hint of cocoa, very pure and enticing - so lively in the mouth! flavours echo the nose, the wine dries the palate, with a nice texture, light on its feet (unlike a cahors or a Malbec): firm and a great complement to food

Crozes-hermitage wine labelred Crozes hermitage - Cave de Tain - [syrah]

2005 - USD 15 - a wine with structure and a complete maturity of the grapes - the nose shows blackcurrant, blackberry and roasted notes -b rich on the palate, red fruit, violet, firm, dries the palate, balanced, a keeper - final notes of blackcurrant, cherry and spice

Saint-chinian wine labelred Saint chinian - Jean-Marie Rimbert - Les Travers de Marceau - (cinsault, syrah, mourvèdre, carignan)

2006 - USD 15 - nicely perfumed - the nose is very fruity (plum) - a muscular entry, red fruit, cutting acidity, ponderous and yet very lively

alsace wine labelred Alsace - Audrey et Christian Binner - Pinot noir

2006 - USD 20 - Morello cherry dominates the nose - little onctuosity, Morello cherry, a note of fur, light, firm, asks for more!


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