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French white wine values tasted in 2006

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 2006 (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
 

white Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - Luneau Michel et Fils

2005 - USD 9.5 - pure - joyful, tiny gas beads, fresh

white Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - Cormerais - Domaine de Mauperthuis - Domaine de Mauperthuis

2004 - USD 9.5 - our standard representative of the Muscadet production, apparent winemaking from run-of-the-mill grapes - faint lichee, a hint of scallop - velvety, with beads, faint lichee, a hint of scallop, more alcohol than fruit, refreshing, does not show the acidic stiffness of some Muscadets

white Muscadet de sèvre et maine sur lie - Girard - Le Fleuron de la Rebourgère

2005 - USD 11 - standard Muscadet - fresh

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

2005 - USD 11 - a superb match to raw oyster shells - an elegant nose of lime, litchi, and peach - velvety, light but very savory, apricot, redcurrant, brine, a vegetable note, no minerality, tiny gas beads, less structured than Brégeon, less lively yet crisp and fresh - less persistence

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

2005 - USD 11 - should benefit from ageing - peach, apple, chais, intense - onctuous, peach, dries the palate, fresh, more winey than Pépière - citrus zest

white Muscadet - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Clos des Briords - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

2005 - USD 12 - grapefruit, fresh - grapefruit, the liveliness is drying the mouth, crunchier than the the 2001 vintage tasted at age 2 - grapefruit

white Muscadet - Marc Ollivier - Domaine de la Pépière - Clos des Cormerais - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes - Vin élevé en fûts de chêne

2003 - USD 14 - a weak nose of frozen grapefruit - toffee, intense flavour but light body, fresh - bitter-orange (the balance of fruit and onctuosity is the same as in the 1999 bottling tasted at the same age, the oak treatment is as refined)

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

2004 - USD 14 - onctuous, freshly cut hay, a hint of a little red fruit, fresh

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

2001 - USD 15 - a very intense nose akin to a Chablis twice as old : with seashell and hazelnut - very slightly sweet, intense flavours of nectarine, litchi, apple, apricot, and citrus zest, fresh - peach skin

white Vouvray - François Pinon - Brut 'méthode traditionnelle' - [chenin]

[2004] - USD 15 - does not show the toffee note of the 1996 version - subdued nose - peach, toasted loafbread, less wide than the Chidaine, drying (from acidity), fresh

white Alsace - Schaeffer-Woerly - Riesling

2004 - USD 16 - well made, very enjoyable - nectarine, lichee, mango - aromatic with nectarine, lichee, mango, smokiness, almond, onctuous throughout while remaining fresh

Vouvray wine labelwhite Vouvray - François Pinon - Sec - [chenin]

2005 - USD 16 - very natural - citrus, minerally, a hinty of fresh herb - onctuous, very intense, pear, nectarine, wide, minerally, fresh, very pure, more drying than the 2000

white Montlouis - François Chidaine - Méthode Traditionnelle - Brut non-millésimé

[2004] - USD 18 - small beads, velvety, nectarine, wide, fresh, toasted loafbread

Vouvray wine labelwhite Vouvray - François Pinon - Tradition - [chenin]

2005 - USD 18 - keep it in a remote corner of the cellar - ripe peach - onctuous, peach, sweet, fresh

 

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