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French white wine values tasted in 2003

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 2003 (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
 

Muscadet-de-sèvre-et-maine-sur-lie wine labelwhite Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - Domaine de la Pépière - Marc Ollivier - Clos des Briords - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

2001 - USD 11 - aroma of northern fruit - round on entry, with beads or carbon dioxide, fresh but less snappy than Brégeon 2001 (to be also compared to the 1999 vintage tasted in 2002)

Muscadet-de-sèvre-et-maine-sur-lie wine labelwhite Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - A.Michel Brégeon

2001 - USD 11 - more vigorous than Clos des Briords 2001 - lichee and iodine - a palate intense, beaded, lively

Muscadet-de-sèvre-et-maine-sur-lie wine labelwhite Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Eden

2000 - USD 12 - a weak nose - on the palate: hazelnut, no taste from grape! velvety, full and easy, fresh but lacking in sharpness (for a Muscadet), stands up straight but has declined (compared to the same vintage tasted one year earlier)

Muscadet-de-sèvre-et-maine-sur-lie wine labelwhite Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - A.Michel Brégeon

1996 - USD 12 - more complex than 2000, 2001, or 2002 - shell, lichee, apple, green grapefruit - even more intense than 2000, 2001 and 2002, seashell, lichee, apple, green grapefruit, fresh - long, lime, seashell

Touraine wine labelwhite Touraine - Clos Roche Blanche - Sauvignon - n°2

2001 - USD 12 - a great purity - a varietal nose with exotic fruit (starfruit), a minerally note, and a hint of oxidation - the variety also shows in the mouth, grapefruit, zest, pear, apple, plant, almond, very intense, a minerally note, fresh with a straight hint - persistent, sandwich bread

Côtes-de-provence wine labelwhite Côtes de provence - Château de Pourcieux - M. d'Espagnet - [rolle]

2001 - USD 14 - fat, a green note is not a problem, it shows the incomplete ripeness of the grapes, fresh, short

white Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - A.Michel Brégeon - Liger d'Or

1997 - USD 14 - a forceful nose, with grapefruit and apple - onctuous, with enormous intensity, the palate reminds of a ten-year-old Chablis, tropical fruit (with a hint of residual sugar), grapefruit, minerally, apple - tropical fruit lingers

white Sauvignon de saint bris - William Fèvre

2001 - USD 15 - a nose minerally, with peach, watermelon, red fruit, fresh-cut hedge - fruit explodes in the palate, intense, harmonious, minerally, peach, watermelon, grapefruit, lime, dense but short, fresh

white Vouvray - François Pinon - Tradition (Demi-Sec) - [chenin]

1993 - USD 18 - the nose minerally with citrus zet - the palate: with apple, onctuous (moelleux), wide, dry (from acidity), mandarin orange - citrus zet (steady but more mineral and less fruity than the same vintage tasted one year earlier)

white Chinon - Bernard Baudry - Croix Boissée [tuffeau blanc] - [chenin]

2001 - USD 24 - grapefruit, herb tea, flower - grapefruit, herb tea, flower, palate-wide but fresh (more so than a Vouvray)

 

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