January 2013 - France - All Wines (Still Wines Only)

This month's Wine feature is French - All Wines (Still Wines Only) Wines
France - All Wines (Still Wines Only) Reviews
200819
Château Paul Mas
2011 Clos de Savignac Coteaux du Languedoc Gres de Montpellier AOP
Violet black color. Rich aromas of blackberry brandy, toffee, smoked ham, and toasted coconut with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a layered, blackberry creme brulee, pistachio nougat, and baking spices accented finish with chewy tannins. A seamless, meaty red for all occasions; will be sensational with ham.
93 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200739
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 Muscat Moelleux
Aromas of praline and candied apricot with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy fruity mouthwatering green apple, honeyed peach, dried flower, and mineral finish. A beautifully balanced off dry sipper or pair with spicy Indian food.
92 points $9.52 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200741
Château Pezilla
2009 "élevé en fût de chêne" Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOC
Oak driven aromas of creme brulee, berry pie, pickle relish, and coconut cream with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, well balanced citrus, peach, apple and praline accented finish. A delicious and flavorful red that will work with most everything.
92 points $15.22 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200821
Paul Mas Estate
2011 Savignac Vineyard Carignan
Violet. Dense aromas of dried berries, vanilla fudge, and pickled beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and round, tangy, stone fruit and mineral driven finish. A very nice range of attractive and savory flavors. Pair with peppered ham or tuna steaks.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200820
Château Paul Mas
2011 Clos des Mûres Coteaux du Languedoc AOP
Amethyst color. Aromas of peanut butter, cocoa, and dried berries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, dark berry tart, apple sauce, cedar, and mineral nuanced finish with chewy tannins. Give this a year or two.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200742
Château Pezilla
2011 Premium Côtes du Roussillon Rouge AOC
Aromas of chocolate nut fudge and raspberry tart a la mode with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy pomegranate sorbet and citrus accented finish. A tasty crowd pleasing red that will be perfect for parties.
90 points $8.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200743
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 Muscat Sec
Aromas and flavors of almond brittle, dried apricot, and white blossoms with a fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tart tropical citrus and mineral finish. A nicely poised with that will be great with seafood.
90 points $9.52 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200744
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 "Instant Plaisir" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rouge
Violet color. Aromas of chocolate berries, mocha, apples and vanilla yogurt with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp cranberry sauce, green apple, and roasted nut finish. A nice sipper or pair with burgers.
89 points $6.58 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200736
Terre de Garrigue
2011 Sweety Muscat
Floral and fruit aromas of apple blossom and apricots with silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed apple and spice finish. A very tasty off-dry sipper or pair with hot Thai curries.
89 points $9.52 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200829
La Forge Estate
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of toasty apple pie and pineapple upside down cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, nicely balanced lime, nut, and mineral driven finish. Nicely toasty.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200832
La Forge Estate
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas gooseberry, melon and lime aromas and flavors with a tangy, light-to-medium body and a refreshing hay, grapefruit and mineral accented finish. A refreshing sipper or pair with grilled fish.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200825
Paul Mas Estate
2011 La Forge Vineyard Marsanne
Aromas and flavors of lime custard and nectarine cream tart with a round, dryish medium body and a crisp citrus, mineral, and nut accented finish. A nicely balanced sipper or table wine.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200826
Paul Mas Estate
2011 Single Vineyard Picpoul de Pinet
Pale straw green color. Spicy apple sauce and pineapple cake aromas with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a refreshing vanilla and mineral kissed finish. A delicious and nicely restrained sipper or table wine.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200745
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 "Instant Plaisir" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc
Aromas of dried stone fruit and citrus and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely integrated, zesty tropical citrus finish.
88 points $6.58 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200735
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 Réserve Grenache Macabeu
Aromas of lemon, creme fraiche, dried flowers, and apricot pit with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy kiwi and mineral nuanced finish. A zesty table wine that’s a great choice for spicy Asian fish dishes.
88 points $10.46 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200737
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 Réserve, Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Roussillon AOC
Aromas of chocolate drizzled raspberries and vanilla custard with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, grilled apple and orange, cedar and mineral driven finish. A rock solid wine for the table.
88 points $10.68 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200740
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 Réserve Grenache Noir
Aromas of cherry and fig pastes, custard, and floral Provence soap with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, apple, dried lavender, thyme and lemon-lime zest accented finish. An exotically flavorful grenache to pair with spicy game birds.
88 points $11.41 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200830
La Forge Estate
2011 Merlot
Aromas of chocolate nuts, brown spices and berry custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and plum, fig, blackberry, and cedar accented finish. Tasty and pure.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200823
Paul Mas Estate
2011 Single Vineyard G.S.M.
Aromas of ripe cherries, honeycomb, and vanilla custard with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, boysenberry, kiwi, praline mineral and spice kissed finish. A nice everyday sipper or pair with lasagna.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200824
Paul Mas Estate
2011 Gardemiel Vineyard Malbec
Aromas of clay, saddle leather, sweet pickling spices, and mulberries with a tangy, fruity yet dry medium body and a black cherry jam, aloe, and grilled pepper and lime accented finish with chewy tannins. A great choice for spicy Latin beef dishes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200738
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2011 "153 RD 900" Côtes du Roussillon AOC
Aromas of strawberry tart and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy apple and orange sorbet accented finish. A tasty fruity sipper or pair with bbq.
87 points $7.70 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200836
Arrogant Frog
2011 "Savvy Sauvignon" Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of dried citrus peels and lavender with a tart light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon, orange and grass accented finish. A mouthwatering sauvignon blanc that will shine with seafood; try with shrimp scampi.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200837
Arrogant Frog
2011 "Croak Rotie" Syrah-Viognier
Violet. Rich aromas of toffee, berry pie, and and caramelized bacon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy green apple, citrus and nut accented finish. A lively sipper or pair with spicy marinated pork loins or wild boar.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200833
Arrogant Frog
2011 "Lily Pad Red" Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Soft aroma and flavors of chocolate berries and plum custard with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, honeyed apple, nut skin and mineral finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200652
Les Hauts de Lagarde
2011 Blanc-Sec Bordeaux ABC
Bright aromas of gooseberry jam, fig and guava with a tart light-to-medium body and a lemon and starfruit finish. A crisp shellfish wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200822
Paul Mas Estate
2011 St. Hilaire Vineyard Chardonnay
Aromas of green and red apples and dried citrus with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a green pineapple, limestone and lemon accented finish. A crisp, tangy and refreshing food chardonnay.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200827
Paul Mas Estate
2011 St. Hilaire Vineyard Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry and plum preserves and nut brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus and mineral accented finish. A refreshing table wine.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200835
Arrogant Frog
2011 "Lily Pad Noir" Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Mild aromas and flavors of under ripe cherries and berries with a dryish light-to-medium body and a charred cedar, citrus, tomato skin, and nut accented finish. Pair with veal.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200828
La Forge Estate
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of chocolate roasted nuts, currants and clay with a tart dryish medium body and a grilled cedar, cherry and apple accented finish. Pair with flank steaks.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200834
Arrogant Frog
2011 "Lily Pad White" Chardonnay
Mild aromas of unbaked apple pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and praline and pineapple, gingerbread and lemon pepper accented finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200831
La Forge Estate
2011 Pinot Noir
Aromas of dried berries, granola, and mocha toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tannic nut and grilled apple accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200653
Les Hauts de Lagarde
2011 Rouge Bordeaux AOC
Aromas of crayon, grilled berries, honey and toasted herbs with a round, dryish medium body and a cranberry, lime, forest floor and okra accented finish.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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