April 2015 - France

This month's Wine feature is French Wines
France Reviews
210058
Chateau de Gayon
2009 Gouttes d'Or Pacherenc du Vic Bilh
Medium bright golden yellow color. Bold, fruity, complex exotic aromas of blood orange zest, almond nut skins, yellow currant, and ripe gooseberry with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, long finish with soft tannins and light oak. Wonderful complex wine balancing out older flavors with fresh fruit notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210057
Chateau de Gayon
2009 dou Hauret Madiran
Opaque dark brick red color. Lively, dense aromas of black currants, banana chip, cherry vinaigrette, and planked cedar with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long blueberries and hint of bouillon finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A charming, Old World red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209550
Kirkland Signature
2012 Médoc Médoc
Ruby color. Aromas of dried flowers, pomegranate custard, tomato, and pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk blackberry compote, cedar, and clay finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice everyday table wine.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210052
Nicolas Potel
2013 Pinot Noir
Clear medium ruby color. Delicate, fruity, floral earthy aromas of dried door county cherries, dried violets, dried leaves, and potter’s clay with a even, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting finish with firm tannins and light oak. Delicate, enticing scents.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209549
Kirkland Signature
2012 Bordeaux Supérieur Bordeaux
Garnet color. Aromas of nut brittle, chocolate, and berry pie a la mode with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, breezy cedar and nutskin finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rock solid sipper or table wine.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210051
Nicolas Potel
2013 Chardonnay
Clear light golden straw color. Mild, toasty, fruity aromas of green apples, apple sauce, toasted bread crust, and turned earth with a even, bright, dry medium body and a warming, appealing, brisk finish with firm tannins and light oak. A leaner styled old world chardonnay.
86 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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