November 2014 - France - All Wine

This month's Wine feature is French - All Wines
France - All Wine Reviews
208095
Arnaud de Villeneuve
2009 "AltaTura Red" Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP
Dark brick red color. Bold aromas of black raspberry, leather, mocha, and vanilla with a velvety, bright, dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long, grilled orange, plum, black cherry, and granite finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. This powerhouse of dark, unctuous fruit weaves a complex web of flavors from chocolate to leather to coffee and grilled orange, all with satisfying, chewy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208104
Sarment Doré
2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Dark brick red color. Curious aromas and flavors of marinated olives, spiced cherries, and melted honeycomb with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of blood orange, earth, and whole nuts with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A very interesting mature red with lots of rustic, savory, food friendly flavors.
91 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208399
Nicolas Potel
2012 Coteaux Bourguignons AOC
Light garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of tart cherries, ripe rhubarb, lime sorbet, and subtle toast with a lightly tannic, racy, dryish medium body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A zesty old world charmer, serve with a slight chill.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208103
Sarment Doré
2012 Languedoc
Dark ruby blue violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of spiced berries, lignated stems, hint of cotton candy, and cream with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. An old world charmer.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207846
Villebois
2013 Sancerre
Medium straw color. Herbal lively aromas and flavors of lemon, gooseberries, and earthy with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. Bold and bracing wine for a summer day.
90 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208102
Sarment Doré
2011 Côtes-du-Rhône
Ruby black color. Lively exotic aromas and flavors of berry chutney, glazed ham, and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting finish with notes of cranberry sauce, nuts, and earth with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice structured and robust red for the table.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207847
Villebois
2013 Pouilly Fumé
Pale straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of lemon pith with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice refreshing white to have with appetizers.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208398
Nicolas Potel
2012 Mâcon-Villages AOC
Medium golden straw color. Delicate creamy fruity attractive aromas and flavors of yellow apples and butter cream with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A white that would enhance sautéed seafood.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208101
Le French Frog
2013 Chardonnay
Clear light bright color. Mild aromas and flavors of yellow apples with a soft, crisp, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, medium-length finish with firm tannins and light oak. An easy non-confrontational white wine.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208100
Le French Frog
2013 Red Blend Vin de Pays d'Oc
Garnet color. Mild aromas and flavors of vanilla cream and honeyed cherries with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy finish with notes of almond skin and earth with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy quaffer.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208099
Le French Frog
2013 Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Fruity confected aromas and flavors of candied cherries and strawberries with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a quick finish with accents of roasted nuts and dusty rhubarb with light oak. A carefree quaffer.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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