April 2016 - France

This month's Wine feature is French Wines
France Reviews
214578
Nicolas Potel
2014 Pinot Noir
Light garnet color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of black raspberries, strawberry compote, and lilacs with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, layered, orange, almonds, and limestone finish with crunchy, fine tannins. A crisp and lively pinot noir that will pair beautifully at the table.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214663
Moncigale
2015 Coteaux d' Aix En Provence
Silvery pink color. Delicate, fruity, fresh aromas and flavors of strawberries and lemon pudding cake with a silky, lively, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length nuts and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, refreshing adult rosé that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214577
Nicolas Potel
2014 Chardonnay
Pale emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of pickled melon and citrus, spiced nuts, meringue, and honeyed herbs with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length lime, green apple, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice snappy chardonnay with bright, mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214665
Moncigale
NV Rose & Grapefruit France
Steely pink color. Citrusy, fresh aromas and flavors of ruby grapefruit and cherry with a silky, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length apple sauce finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice tangy, grapefruit flavored wine.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214666
Moncigale
NV Rose & Cherry France
Reddish orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry lozenge and violet candy with a silky, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length cherry sorbet finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. A fun, cherry flavored wine.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214664
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Strawberry France
Topaz color. Bold, floral, fresh aromas and flavors of roses, violet candy, strawberry sorbet, and floral talc with a supple, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, carefree strawberry jam on toast finish with fine, chewy tannins and no oak. An interesting floral fruit wine.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214427
Barton & Guestier
2014 Cuvee Laurent Prada Bordeaux Rouge
Brown brick red color. Savory, baked aromas and flavors of berry compote, toffee, and hint of bouillon with a supple, dryish medium body and a smooth, carefree blueberry tart, nuts, and citrus finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy red for the table.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214579
Nicolas Potel
2014 Coteaux Bourguignons AOC
Dark garnet color. Mild aromas and flavors of pomegranate, dried citrus, and earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, peculiar, crabapples and cranberries, nutshells, and limestone finish with dusty, chewy tannins. A very acidic, lazer-like table red.
82 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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